Opening November 2023
Tom Kerridge is synonymous with gastropub fine dining in the UK, and The Butcher’s Tap Chelsea brings his much-loved Marlow pub and restaurant to London, joining the likes of Kerridge's Bar & Grill at The Corinthia hotel, and Kerridge's Fish & Chips at Harrods Dining Hall.
Kerridge first made his name as the chef patron of the Hand and Flowers in Marlow, which remains the only two Michelin-starred pub in the UK. He's also a household name thanks to television appearances and a collection of cookbooks, many of which delve into the sort of classic British cooking that his gastropubs specialise in.
The Butcher’s Tap Chelsea takes over the site that once belonged to the Old Queen's Head, on the corner of Tryon Street and Elystan Place, just a stonesthrow from the King's Road. The interiors have been completely refurbished, and The Butcher’s Tap Chelsea has added a beautiful custom built hardwood bar, as well as cosy booth seating and a large open kitchen. Like many of Kerridge's other restaurants, The Butcher's Tap has its own meat-ageing fridges installed in the back, and aged meat will form the backbone of the menu here. Chefs in the kitchen also act as butchers, the idea being that you can choose what cut you want as well as what size, and chefs then butcher it and cook it for you with your choice of accompaniments.
Like The Coach and The Butcher's Tap Marlow, there's still an emphasis on this being a pub as well as a restaurant. The latter particularly is more a local pub than a restaurant, and Kerridge is keen for the Chelsea site to feel the same. The menu will no doubt be very similar to The Butcher's Tap Marlow, which features burgers, hot dogs and big sharing steaks from the butchers counter, as well as starter nibbles like fried mac and cheese bites, sriracha chicken wings and lamb fritters.