The Cadogan Arms

British, Gastropub, Pubs·
££££
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Silver Award
London, SW3 5UG ·Website ·Call020 3148 2630

SquareMeal Review of The Cadogan Arms

Silver Award

Much-loved Chelsea institution The Cadogan Arms has been pulling in crowds far beyond its neighbourhood for years, so when it closed its doors for a full renovation back in 2019, it’s fair to say that expectations for its return were high.

The kitchen is now headed up by Alex Harper, previously The Ledbury and The Harwood Arms, and James Knappet, who joins from two Michelin-star spot Kitchen Table. The pair have worked together to create a modern pub menu that focuses on simply prepared, local produce with (much to our delight) an underlying retro theme throughout, resulting in an experience that manages to feel casual yet special.

There’s a real buzz about the place as soon as you step foot through the door, and the decor has been updated to feel homely yet modern (there’s even some impressive dried flower displays around the fireplaces, making for some unexpected Insta opps).

The menu is full of pub classics guaranteed to stir a sense of nostalgia - from prawn cocktail and ham, egg and chips, to chicken kiev and strawberry sherry trifle.

You can tell a lot about a pub by its scotch egg - in fact, we'd go as far as to say a pub’s reputation could depend on it - so we ordered The Cadogan Arms’ version with some apprehension. We're not sure if we're delighted to say it was the best scotch egg we're ever eaten or not, given that we will now need to travel across London for our next fix. Slightly undercooked yolk wrapped in well-seasoned meat with a crisp coating - it was perfectly paired with a crunchy, zingy piccalilli that we're still thinking about today.

The kiev delivered on the juicy, tender chicken and garlic punch you’d expect, although lacked the ‘buttery ooze’ we’ve come to love. The prawn cocktail (we were told, from a passionate prawn cocktail advocate) had the perfect prawn-to-sauce-to-lettuce ratio, with just the right amount of horseradish tang and fresh notes of lemon running throughout.

The dessert list is full of tempting options, and while we had it on good authority that the Cambridge burnt cream - with its velvety, vanilla-pod packed custard - is well worth a try, we'd be doing you a disservice if we didn’t insist on the strawberry sherry trifle. Arguably big enough to split between two, the well-balanced combination of cream, strawberries, sherry-soaked sponge and jelly is sure to delight any dessert fan.

Wash it all down with a blackcurrant negroni and start planning your next visit.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British, Gastropub, Pubs
Ambience
Cosy, Luxury, Traditional
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Dates, Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating

About The Cadogan Arms

An inn has stood on the site of where The Cadogan Arms sits since 1700, so it’s fair to say this is a building with some proper pub prowess.

A much-loved institution of Chelsea, The Cadogan Arms has been given a makeover to bring it in line with current design principles without having lost any of its charm. In fact, the team has worked hard to accentuate the things that make an old pub great. Architectural details – like ornate timber panelling – have been preserved and great attention has been given to bringing other elements to life. Master craftsmen have created a stained-glass feature and a hand-carved bar to bridge the gap between old and new.

While the main room is focused around the central bar, there are actually three separate spaces to choose from at The Cadogan Arms – the pub, the dining room and a cosy basement bar. The latter is The Rose Room, found downstairs, and is named after the pub that came before The Cadogan Arms, The Rose and Crown. Here, there’s a horseshoe bar and carefully disguised TVs which transform from works of art to screens when live sport is being show.

Upstairs, The Dining Room is open for both lunch and dinner. The kitchen is headed up by Alex Harper, whose experience includes time at The Ledbury and The Harwood Arms, and James Knappet who has come from the two Michelin-star restaurant, Kitchen Table. The pair have worked together to create a modern pub menu that focuses on simply prepared, local produce. Hero dishes include a brown crab quiche with horseradish cre`me, and a lemon and herb salad; or a black garlic chicken kiev with a shaved fennel salad.

A carefully curated wine list and an extensive cocktail accompany a shorter snacks and ‘pub favourites’ menu in the ground floor main bar area and there are roasts come the weekend.


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Who is the head chef at The Cadogan Arms?

Alex Harper is the executive chef at The Cadogan Arms. He has previously worked at The Ledbury and The Harwood Arms.

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Is there a private dining room at The Cadogan Arms?

Yes, it's possible to hire a private space at The Cadogan Arms.

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298 King’s Road, London, SW3 5UG

020 3148 2630

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