SquareMeal Review of Stanley's

Walking into Stanley’s feels a little like you might have got yourself tangled up in the set of Made in Chelsea, complete with a clubby soundtrack that sets a tone of somewhere guests come hoping to be ‘seen’.

While the faux hanging blossom displays in the outdoor courtyard space aren’t perhaps to everyone’s tastes, they do create a pretty backdrop to some of London’s best people watching in a busy, buzzy setting. The crowd is decidedly demanding, with groups of friends and family gathering round the mix and match outdoor tables to enjoy chef Oliva Burt’s cooking (while putting the well-meaning, if a little hectic, front of house staff through their paces).

On our visit, small plates of cod’s roe dip and crispy prawns with a Siracha mayo both did the job of whetting the appetite well enough but were on the generous side of being well-seasoned. Mains brought perfectly cooked Dexter beef with a sweet onion puree that was crowned with a smoked egg yolk for a fun twist on a classic combo. Barbecued beetroot sadly lacked the chargrilled flavour it promised, but was sweet and satisfying, with the salty tang of goat’s cheese and herb oil cutting adding a nice edge. While plates weren’t piping hot or perfect, they were deftly balanced in flavour.

Pastry, you can tell, is Burt’s passion with delicately presented, precise puddings finishing things off. The infamous plums and custard from her MasterChef competition line up looked beautiful with a ring of biscuit adorned with flowers topping a small pot of creamy custard and ticked the sweet, creamy and fruity boxes. Elsewhere, death by chocolate came as a sort of caramelised ganache which was complimented by a rich butter cake that held up well against the intense flavours elsewhere in the mix.

In line with the food, the cocktail menu is concise, offering just a handful of classic serves, and wine starts from a very reasonable £30 a bottle for a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Fun, Lively, Quirky, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates

About Stanley's

Found just off the King’s Road in the heart of Chelsea, Stanley’s opened its doors just after lockdown ended hoping – we assume – to take advantage of lots of cooped up Londoners looking for a new place to enjoy dining out again.

Described on the website as ‘a secret garden in Chelsea’, The décor appeals to the Instagram set with plenty of faux hanging blossom stretching across the outdoor courtyard space, with marble tables and soft green touches throughout. Inside, and things are a little cosier, thanks to bare brick walls and plush soft furnishings, while the finish is a bit mix and match. The best seats in the house, we think, are in the lean-to conservatory section that spans the space between indoor and out, with views of the garden but the comfort of an inside atmosphere. It might seem obvious but the picture-pretty elements draws a well-heeled crowed of people keen to take advantage of the photo opportunity, so be prepared for some posing.

The kitchen is led by Olivia Burt, who you might recognise from MasterChef after she reached the finals in 2019. At the time she was working at Claridge’s but has since made the jump to head up her own team here at Stanley’s. Like the chef’s MasterChef style, the menu is ingredient-led with particular attention paid to presentation. As well as the dinner menu, there’s also a brunch offering on weekends that includes classics like sweetcorn fritters and blueberry pancakes.

The main menu is kept short but sweet with starters like beef tartare and a heritage salad taking centre stage, while there’s just one main fish, meat and vegetarian choice. Sides include a green salad, buttered Pinkfir potatoes and warm, well-seasoned greens.

Eagle eyed diners will notice Burt’s desserts are recreations of some of her most popular puds on MasterChef, with plums and custard the house signature serve.


Can I book Stanley's?

Yes, we strongly recommend booking Stanley's, booking can be completed online or by phone.

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Who is the head chef of Stanley's?

The head chef of Stanley's currently is Olivia Burt, finalist of MasterChef: The Professionals 2019.

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Is there a dress code?

No, there is no dress code for Stanley's. However, diners may wish to dress smart casual due to the nature of the restaurant.

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Location for Stanley's

151 Sydney Street, London, London, SW3 6NT

020 7352 7664


Opening Times

All day
Mon 11:00-23:30
Tue 11:00-23:30
Wed 11:00-23:30
Thu 11:00-23:30
Fri 11:00-23:30
Sat 11:00-23:30
Sun 11:00-19:30

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Pleased to finally tried this Gem....Food well executed, terrace is beautiful, vibe very cool, service was on point.
05 May 2021  

Ate there last night with friends for wife's birthday having previously been booked during lockdown. 1st timers and really happy to have discovered this gem. Execution of the food was brilliant (cod Roe was stunning/historic..english burrata creamy and the in season asparagus creatively done, who doesn't like asparagus in May?). Chocolate fondant was perfect. Good but limited choice of wines (satisfies mosts tastes and budgets) decent bar/drinks list and friend's margaritas went down very well. We had one issue (the one fish dish on menu was sold out due to popular demand) but Hugh looked after us. We had to wait a whole 5 mins for our table, having arrived early! the place was buzzing with a real mix of people/Social distancing and screens perfect, terrace beautifully decked out in flowers, lots of rugs and sheepskin cushions..we felt like we had just come off the mountain...can't wait to return and enjoy in the summer months. Have a feeling this will become a new favourite of ours...hope we will be able to get a reservation!!

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