Modern European·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Medlar

Silver Award

A lot of love goes into this charming neighbourhood restaurant: its elegant white and green decor still looks fresh, menus are updated regularly and service is always on point. That suggests dedication as well as strong heritage: the two chef/owners are graduates of Chez Bruce and have established a reputation for gutsy Euro-accented food built around an exceptionally well-priced set menu. To start, the signature crab raviolo is a fixture, although one reader highly recommends the duck-egg tart with sautéed duck hearts. Steaks are another mainstay, but much of the line-up changes seasonally: in autumn, you might begin with elaborate salad involving black figs, baby beetroot, Bayonne ham, goats’ curd, pickled onion and toasted hazelnuts, ahead of “delicious” rump of beef topped with snails or a richly flavoured pork fillet, served with pork cheek, boudin noir, wild mushrooms and pistou. Ask the enthusiastic sommelier for wine recommendations, and “request some Madeleines with your after-dinner coffee”.   


Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European
Cosy, Quiet conversation
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Medlar

Medlar has been a popular choice of the Chelsea crowd for a quick lunch or relaxed dinner since it opened in 2011. Headed up by chef Joe Mercer Nairne (whose CV boasts time at The Savoy Grill and Chez Bruce) and David O'Connor (a talented restaurant manager with experience that includes The Ledbury), this is a neighbourhood restaurant with an above-average offering. Open seven days a week, the restaurant serves three, three-course at various price points – lunch is £35, dinner is £53 and Sunday evenings set you back £35. While the style is French with international influences, it still manages to make good use of produce from the British Isles, ensuring seasonality is always championed. For those with a penchant for a savoury over a pudding, rejoice, Medlar’s cheeseboard is one of the best in London – packed with offerings from small-scale producers who have been carefully sourced from all over the world.


438 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 0LJ

020 7349 1900


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-15:00
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun 12:00-15:00
Mon 18:30-22:30
Tue 18:30-22:30
Wed 18:30-22:30
Thu 18:30-22:30
Fri 18:30-22:30
Sat 18:30-22:30
Sun 18:00-21:30


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37 Reviews 


08 September 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 2



12 March 2020  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 3
Value 3
Some modern input required

This place had been off my radar, although some fellow foodies had recommended a few years ago. So looking for somewhere to dine in the King’s Road area, we visited towards the end of 2019.
The restaurant didn’t strike me as that modern in food style nor décor. The service was good but the food didn’t quite match. Starter of scallops was a little unnecessarily complicated with too many ingredients on the plate although it looked very colourful and pretty, it didn’t delight. However, I was pleased that the main component was cooked and seasoned properly. I can’t remember what I had for a main, but the overriding view from me and my husband was that it was slightly old school, and almost trying a bit too hard. Simplification of dishes and a fresher approach would make me revisit, but during my first and only visit, my boat was not afloat.



07 March 2020  
Medlar restaurent

Had lunch at Medlar today. 

Terrible , bad service and inedible food. 

Too much salt too much grease . Garlic in risotto. 

Cheese board was placed by register without a cover. So everyone went past and any sneeze or cough was landing on the cheese.

Will never go there again.

ned T

08 July 2019  
The kings road should be a restaurant hotspot but Medlar is about the only long standing reliable spot for superb service and great food in the area.

Charles M

08 July 2019  
Best restaurant in London with fantastic food. Service is good and there is an interesting wine list.

John C

08 July 2019  
Great atmosphere with excellent food at reasonable prices.

Rakesh C

08 July 2019  
Excellent French food in this neighbourhood restaurant.

Michael S

15 July 2018  
Consistently fine cuisine served with honesty and commitment. Interesting, well priced wine list listnosistently.

You T

10 July 2018  
Consistently high standard food. A great Chelsea local that i go back again and again for the food and impeccable service. Again no fuss and unpretentious, Saturday lunch is of great value.

mathieu G

01 July 2018  
Lovely set up with nice formula, very honest cooking and great service.
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