It would be a shortfall not to firstly touch on the interiors at newly-renovated The Chelsea Pig, for they have been crafted by British furniture brand Timothy Oulton. Fittingly, a dedicated corner of this cosy pub is set in the style of a home-from-home living room complete with a period fireplace, coffee table and union jack-emblazoned sofa (the latter feature really does draw the eye). The décor throughout heroes a moody colour palette, from floor-to-ceiling navy velvet curtains and grey-paneled walls to dark wooden textures. Combined with numerous hanging crystal chandeliers, the style of this 19th century pub sits somewhere between homely and gothic.
Onto the food and we were pleased to be presented with a concise menu featuring a handful each of starters and mains, all made with seasonal and British ingredients. We started with Scottish scallops paired with a smooth celeriac puree, buttery wild mushrooms and sweet blackberries which was simple and well-balanced, while its dainty proportions left us wanting more.
Elsewhere, classic pub grub gets an elegant, well-presented twist. A nicely-browned fillet of cod was paired with artichoke, swiss chard and caviar sauce while the chicken pot roast was well seasoned and hearty. We also ordered a side of potatoes to ramp up the carb component, but if you were less hungry, then the main dishes would suffice. From the dessert section, a neat slice of treacle tart arrived with Grand Marnier caramel – we welcomed the boozy element, but perhaps could have done with some cooling ice cream to break up the sweetness.
Each course was paced well and, when more than two dishes were required, were delivered in one fell swoop by extra staff dressed in white lapelled jackets. A main course will set you back between £20-30, which seems about right for a pub in Chelsea. If you’re only in town for a drink then we’d recommend ordering a bespoke cocktail at the bar, if only to languish in Oulton’s dramatically-designed surroundings.