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This cheery member of the ever-growing Geronimo Inns stable has all of the group’s “kitsch charms”, but manages to throw down a few surprise curve balls while delivering on the gastropub basics. Downstairs is decked out in the chain’s usual brand of front-room geniality; upstairs is a more “stately” dining room, with an appealing menu of ‘tapas-style’ Brit dishes for sharing. Eclectic options such as quail salad with lemon, chicory and praline sit alongside Brit stalwarts including potted Hampshire pig, Devon crab cakes and cured Gressingham duck breast with greengage vinaigrette, while those wanting a bigger plateful could order beer-battered haddock, slow-cooked ox-cheek pie or whole roast sea bass with smoked garlic and rainbow chard. Puds have a European flavour, ales are kept in “excellent” order, and almost everything on the food-friendly global wine list is available by the glass.

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The Surprise

6 Christchurch Terrace ,London SW3 4AJ

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by   platinum reviewer (163)

Feb 2012

I fell in love a little bit with this place as soon as I walked in but I can't quite put my finger on why. Maybe it's because it's set in a quaint corner of Chelsea strangely devoid of the perma-tanned, puffa-toting, teeny-pooch wielding set, filled instead with Old School types quietly enjoying life. Maybe it's the slightly disconcerting Dog-as-Admiral portraits on the walls and jar of Bonios on the counter. Maybe it's because the decor with cosy, comfy chairs, but stripped back wooden flooring...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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The Surprise

6 Christchurch Terrace ,London SW3 4AJ

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Jul 2011

I had discovered the Surprise through a colleague, and what a surprise. A beautiful location and premises is spoilt by the overall gloom. Th overall visitation is saved by good quality food from the kitchen and excellent professional service from waiting staff namely a sweet short haired petite English girl and a South African who guided us through the menu and knew her business very well. Our bar service was delayed by a pot bellied grey haired man who apparently used to own Foxtrot Oscar and...

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Thomas M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 6

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The Surprise

6 Christchurch Terrace ,London SW3 4AJ

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May 2011

I had such a wonderful night at The Surprise that it would be a total injustice not to rate this pub so highly. The service was exceptional from the moment I enquired about a reservation to the moment we said goodbye. The staff is not only warm and friendly but knowledgeable and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Welcoming is also the perfect adjective for the atmosphere which is jovial and inviting. Our table ordered lots of plates to share but my favourite dishes were the squid which...

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Emily P.'s rating

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

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