French, 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
French, Modern European
Cosy, Fine dining, Quiet conversation, Romantic
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


A fixture of the Chelsea area since its opening in 2011, Medlar champions seasonal ingredients executed with accuracy and simplicity. Headed by Chez Bruce alumni chef Joe Mercer Nairne and front-of-house manager David O’Connor, this neighbourhood restaurant delivers satisfying food in a comfortable style. Executed according to French techniques, but with international influences, the menus feature dishes with a European tilt crafted with the very best produce from the British Isles and the continent.

Split over two floors, seating includes a small ground-floor terrace, main dining area, an upstairs bar and tables, and a private dining room. With French doors on the ground floor, and a skylight on the first, the building is light and airy, decorated in a parakeet-green colour scheme with leather banquettes and white-clad tables. From the ceilings hang floral arrangements and foliage interspersed with string lights.

Organised by set-menu courses dependent on lunch and dinner sittings, which are staggeringly reasonable for the King's Road, guests can expect a varied choice. Start with the signature crab raviolo served with samphire, brown shrimp, leek fondue, and bisque sauce; foie gras with Armagnac prune terrine, rabbit rillettes, chicken skin, and brioche; or push the boat out with crisped calf’s brains, merinda tomatoes, sauce ravigote, confit potato, and dandelion.

As for mains, look out for a rump of belted Galloway with cafe de Paris snails, portobello mushroom, shallot puree, and bearnaise; or sample an Asian-inspired chargrilled monkfish with ginger, shitake, salsify, shiso, and tiger prawn. If you can manage to save room for dessert, a warm chocolate mousse and salted caramel tartlet with milk ice cream and candied pecans or a poached pear financier with vanilla and cinnamon ice cream, pine nut brittle, and pear puree could be just the ticket. If not, a selection of cheeses is also available.

This venue also offers

Private Group Dining


Event Party Venue



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

020 7349 1900 020 7349 1900


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-14:30
Mon 18:30-21:30
Tue 18:30-21:30
Wed 18:30-21:30
Thu 18:30-21:30
Fri 18:30-21:30
Sat 18:30-21:30
Sun 18:00-21:00


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40 Reviews 

Philip B

29 May 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Jenni L

22 May 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5


27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Beautiful ambiance.  Delicious food.  Excellent service and wonderful champagnes.


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.
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