The Troubadour

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Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell & Bob Dylan all played here in the 60s, & the ramshackle Troubadour is still cluttered with LP sleeves, musical instruments, coffee pots & memorabilia from the hippie years. Nowadays, however, it’s a leftfield mix of live-music venue, coffee shop, bar & casual eatery – all driven by the charismatic charms of its formidable owner. The food is an eclectic mash-up of burgers, fish & chips, spicy beef empanadas, funky salads, omelettes & more besides, while drinks bring unusual German & Belgian beers plus small-parcel Argentinian tipples from the annexed wine shop next door. A quaint garret room is available to hire, live gigs & poetry readings are on every night in the late-night basement bar, & The Troubadour even has its own magical garden.

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The Troubadour

263-267 Old Brompton Road ,London SW5 9JA

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Jun 2011

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Wow, what a disappointment. After all the good things I'd heard about this place too. I liked the setting and the decoration, but that was where it ended. We were there on a Tuesday night and it wasn't busy…however, this place seems to trade on its now dated reputation as the cool place to be seen, and it shows. Firstly, I couldn't seem to get a drink. I arrived and while waiting for friends, wanted to order a drink. I finally got a waiter to take my order, but it never showed up, and while waiting...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 5

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The Troubadour

263-267 Old Brompton Road ,London SW5 9JA

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by   platinum reviewer (125)

Nov 2009

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A great place! So laid back and friendly that one can forget all the stresses of the capital. The food is good and fresh, while it can get busy and slightly cramped at times. Yet the opening hours are as good as the variety of dishes on offer. The atmosphere is hard to be beaten and reminds me of the bohemian cafés of Paris and Vienna. A great place well worth a trip to this slightly less known part of Chelsea.

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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The Troubadour

263-267 Old Brompton Road ,London SW5 9JA

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Sep 2008

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

This bohemian coffe house serves some of the best breakfast in West London. It has a really homely atmosphere, with well-worn interiors full of weird and wonderful knickknacks – think tea pots, enamel signs and old musical instruments (hinting at the frequent live gigs held in the basement below). There's healthy stuff (porrige with banana / fresh fruit with Greek yoghurt) on the menu but the bacon butties and 'full house' are hard to resist. I also love how they put large pots of jam, marmalade...

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

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