The Phene



5 reviews

9 Phene Street , London, SW3 5NY

The Phene
The Phene

SquareMeal Review of The Phene



“A Mecca for floppy-haired Sloanes in Jack Wills shirts”, this teeming Chelsea hostelry has one huge selling point in the shape of a luxuriant heated garden, which gets packed to the gunnels on warm days and balmy evenings. Inside, the ‘Feeney’ sports a high-ceilinged saloon bar lit by Droog chandeliers, with sentimental artefacts and a library of antique books – a perfect setting for revellers who fancy knocking back a few house Mojitos before hitting Boujis. Otherwise, the conservatory-style dining room is a draw for lunching ladies who feed on plates of jerk chicken and pineapple salad, butternut squash and Gorgonzola ravioli or venison loin with pumpkin, passion fruit and ‘huntsman’ sauce. Pud might herald saffron and orange pannacotta, and there are plenty of organic names on the Euro-accented wine list. Alternatively, a stripped-back ‘deli’ dispenses all-day sharing platters, sandwiches and cheeses.

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The Phene Location

9 Phene Street , London SW3 5NY

Opening times

Mon-Sun 10am-11.30pm

The Phene's Reviews


Food & Drink: 7.0


Service: 6.0


Atmosphere: 7.2


Value: 6.6


Food + drink: 0

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 0

21 November 2013

Imagine an invite to a close friends surprise 50th birthday party, champagne in a flat nearby and a short walk to The Phene for dinner. What could be more fun? Well drinks with canapés was exquisite, the walk lovely and on arrival at The Phene all looked well. Dinner was very limited choice (2 per course) as there were 30 of us in a private room and ordering was quick – the wine flowed…looking good. Starters arrived with undercooked grilled asparagus and an overcooked poached egg on cold plates so by the time everyone was served it was cold. The same applied for the deep fried chees but at least this was not undercooked! The main course was fillet steak (medium rare of well done) or scallops…again steaks arrived medium and on cold plates. The side dish if you can call it that were chips but they were barely cooked and were white, hard and cold. Did I mention the plates again were cold! Scallops looked great but again when served on cold plate were cold by the time we all had our food and not very nice. Sticky toffee pudding or cheese – hard to get wrong but the pudding was served on cold plates yet again… Without warning we were all asked to leave at 11.30 when there was still wine in glasses and almost full bottles on the tables. My recommendation is to AVOID this place if you want a half decent and relaxed meal.


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

02 March 2013

Held a surprise party for my wife's 30th birthday. They were friendly and helpful all thought the booking and the evening itself. The private room was superb, and the evening went without a hitch. I could not fault them and the atmosphere, food and drink was fantastic. I will definitely return for lunch or dinner again. Thank you to the whole team there. Great evening. Very memorable for all the right reasons.

Food + drink: 3

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 1

Value: 3

03 November 2012

My husband and I had dinner here last night and had a dreadful experience. Having booked a table and arriving on time, there was no-one in front of house to greet us. We eventually found a member of staff who said she didn't know how table seating worked. Another waiter arrived who said he would get our table ready and to have a drink at the bar – no offer to get these for us, much less comp them. 25 minutes and 3 enquiries later, we eventually were given a table, in the draughty hallway area next to the bar. Smoke from the outside courtyard was constantly blowing in. No round of free drinks offered. Service throughout was shocking. Waitress gave us one menu and then never removed them after we ordered. Drinks took forever. She didn't know how anything was prepared. We had to ask 3 times for cutlery, 4 times (and wait 20 minutes) for more drinks. When we complained we got a very weak apology but no offer to make it up. We were told it was the waitress's second day… The food was fine, House wine dreadful but other wine was ok, pricing fine, but service so abysmally poor makes the whole experience was extremely disappointing.

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