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If ever there was a corner of London that embraced the quintessence of central Paris, it’s Sloane Square – which makes it a perfect home for Messrs Corbin and King’s homage to the Gallic brasserie. From the black-and-white floor to art-deco flourishes and cream walls emblazoned with film posters, this spot has been fastidiously designed to look as if it’s been around for a lifetime. There’s the odd concession to current tastes on the all-day menu (crushed avocado on sourdough toast, say), but this is really a place for lovers of dyed-in-the-wool bistro cooking, from garlicky escargots and steak tartare to veal viennoise, herb-crusted hake with béarnaise sauce and desserts such as rum baba. Waiters in suited aprons are expertly drilled in the art of dutiful hospitality, while the oak bar is perfect for soaking up a Cognac or two. “Great local restaurant, buzzing from breakfast to midnight, love it”, says one fan. We wouldn’t argue with that.

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Colbert

50-52 Sloane Square ,London SW1W 8AX

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Frenetic

by   silver reviewer (22)

Dec 2014

Like its sister restaurants, The Wolseley and The Delaunay, Cafe Colbert suffers from its excessive popularity. Whereas The Wolseley handles it with elegance and The Delaunay with considerable competence (it is a very large restaurant), Cafe Colbert simply cannot cope. This is the restaurant to go to if you like your London on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Should you be fortunate and coincide with the Japanese maitre d', then you are in luck as she runs the place like a tight ship. A...

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Frank C.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 8

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Colbert

50-52 Sloane Square ,London SW1W 8AX

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by   bronze reviewer (9)

Mar 2014

A great bonus to the SW1 and 3 eating scene. We went for a pre-theatre meal and it was thoroughly enjoyable as all the restaurants are in this group, good food well served in a delightful ‘French brasserie’ style room. Lovely.

Sue H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 6

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Colbert

50-52 Sloane Square ,London SW1W 8AX

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Colbert - Sloane Square's new old guard

by   platinum reviewer (85)

Oct 2013

Editor's pick Sloane Square manages to be one of the most outwardly pretty yet utterly vacuous London addresses and at 5 to six on a late week workday night, also seems to be home to more arseholes per square foot than a builders bum convention. Within seconds of leaving the tube I've been buffeted by a spry fool in a pinstripe oblivious to anything but a night on the ‘lesh’ with the boys ("on my way down the King's Road now squire, you'll spot me, I'm looking seriously sexy tonight") and watched as some infernal...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 5

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Colbert

50-52 Sloane Square ,London SW1W 8AX

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Nice and very busy

by   platinum reviewer (122)

Apr 2013

Colbert, while not flawless, is a great addition to the Chelsea dining – and especially lunching – scene. So much so that it is always jam packed with locals, tourists, theatere goers shoppers and what seems another 10,000 or so people. If you do sneak a table the food is dependable without being genre defining, my only quibble is the ambient noise which is well beyond “buzzling” and a wine list which does not match the food offering very well. But compared to the pieces of plastic in my last main...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Colbert

50-52 Sloane Square ,London SW1W 8AX

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Dec 2012

Overpriced and not worth the hype. Such a shame that the food is so mediocre when everything else is ok or great. If you are on Sloane Square, Cote is much better value for food and The Botanist is better value all round.

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 2

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50-52 Sloane Square ,London SW1W 8AX

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Dec 2012

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Today I called the restaurant to make a reservation for 2 for breakfast…for a wednesday. After welcoming me by telling me that they needed the table back by 11am, they proceeded to take my name. I then told them that I was coming with a small pram. At that point, the girl on the phone tells me that the new rule by the owners is that under no circumstance prams are allowed neither in the restaurant nor in the side bar any time of the day (these were her literal words). You decide whether you think...

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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50-52 Sloane Square ,London SW1W 8AX

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by   platinum reviewer (55)

Nov 2012

Messrs Corbin and King have given this venue their typical stylish middle european flavour. Like their other sites the site trades breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. My impression was that it serves it's purpose rather better for the first three than the latter or perhaps that's because I prefer a leisurely dinner in convivial surroundings. Here service is rather too rushed with an obvious emphasis on speed of service, presumably to ensure a fast turn of the tables. Nonetheless the food is good and...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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    Eating Covent Garden :: Classic Parisian at Colbert in Sloane Square

    I used to spend quite a lot of time in Chelsea, years ago, when my sister lived off the King’s Road. One of our favourite meeting places was Oriel which was a minute from Sloane Square Station. Sadly Oriel closed down a while back – due to some local politics with the landlord I believe (some say he was served a bad meal and wouldn’t renew the lease). The place was always heaving so they really should have focussed more on keeping their landlord happy.
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Stuart Conibear

Stuart joins Corbin & King from the Household kitchens for The Prince of Wales. He started his career in the kitchens of the Goring Hotel and spent the Nineties as sous chef of The Ivy. Since then he has gone on to have an illustrious career combining teaching at the highest level with being head chef in restaurants. After leaving The Ivy he joined The Dorchester as premier sous chef and then was head chef in both restaurants and hotels. Stuart was appointed head chef of Colbert on March 1 2016.

Essential Details for Colbert

  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Chelsea
  • Price: £49
  • Wine: £24
  • Champagne: £65

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