The Five Fields
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Gold Award

“Incomparably warm and genuine service” makes everyone feel like a valued regular at this unfussy, intimate restaurant, where the staff are really on point and the food is “sublimely fresh”. Five Fields is everything you might expect from a Michelin-starred establishment with neighbourly virtues.

Taylor Bonnyman’s cooking is “beautiful and creative, yet never too precious”, as exemplified by starters that are virtual feasts in their own right: consider a combo involving a whole langoustine buried in shaved truffle, plus a poached oyster under diced watermelon, and also a whole roasted scallop; or five super-fresh, veg-led ideas redolent of the owner’s Sussex farm, spanning everything from a whole stuffed beef tomato dotted with thyme leaves to a courgette flower brimming with crab mousse, and olive-filled cross-sections of cucumber.

Meaty mains of roasted mutton with whole artichokes and watercress purée or short-ribs (slow-cooked yet still a miraculously perfect pink) with a witty, cream-filled roast new potato, braised lettuce and tomato sauce are more traditionally presented, yet still manage to wow – thanks largely to remarkable produce and thoughtful technique.

For pudding, the signature glazed chocolate mousse with sesame and hints of smoke is hard to pass up, although you might also be tempted by the thought of a pineapple baba with Chantilly cream and cider brandy.

The warmly lit, low-ceilinged room is smart, classy and classic, with widely spaced tables and grey-cream colours, while respectful service is singled out by readers as “exemplary”. Meanwhile, ace sommelier Anna Botting’s wine list puts modern producers centre stage. In short, Five Fields is reckoned to be “a fantastic all-round dining experience” – a verdict we’re happy to endorse. 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British
Ambience
Glamorous, Lively, Quiet conversation
Other Awards
One michelin star
People
Romantic, Special occasions, Special occasions

Location for The Five Fields

8-9 Blacklands Terrace, Chelsea, London, SW3 2SP

020 7838 1082

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 18:30-22:00
Wed 18:30-22:00
Thu 18:30-22:00
Fri 18:30-22:00
Sat 18:30-22:00
Sun Closed

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Paul A

Straight into our top ten
09 April 2019  

One look at the tasting menu and the choice was made. As is the norm these days there was a minimum of information about the ingredients and the style of preparation, but it was clear that nothing would not be to our taste. It was very comfortable in the good open dining room and for a change we were not assailed by piped music, the professional staff made us feel at home immediately, especially our excellent sommelière, and we were served not only very good canapés, cod mousse in a wafer tube and ham and piccalilli dumplings, but also an amuse-bouche of well-tempered cheese custard with salt-baked kohlrabi, carrot and soup - none of which formed part of the tasting menu, a traditional approach to the start of a meal which some other top restaurants could learn from. Now it was on to the eight-course tasting menu proper - a rhubarb cornet with braised asparagus and razor clam combined with Cornish scallop was followed by new season Wye valley asparagus in a bone marrow emulsion and oyster with an asparagus salad served in a wafer. Then the first in a sequence of supremely good offerings - freeze-dried raspberries with beetroot purée and a seaweed wafer backing up delicious foie gras and amazing smoked eel cubes that were absolutely out of this world with the purée. Quality continued at this high level on the next course in the form of brilliant crispy Cornish cod enhanced with garlic, brown butter and mussel sauce, mussels and roast cauliflower. Not content with this, the kitchen then assailed our palates with a terrific pairing of morels stuffed with duck offal, backed up with a super duck jus and broccoli. Herefordshire beef then put in an appearance, our short rib melting in the mouth, tasting just as it should and benefiting from a touch of luscious fat, some lightly cooked turnip crisp in red wine sauce and slightly salty nasturtium leaves making this dish one to savour and remember. The pre-dessert/palate cleanser, a caramel wafer with cucumber sorbet and pink grapefruit, worked perfectly and set us up nicely for the yummy chocolate, fruity gel and crunchy, honeycomb-like hazelnut biscuit. We were not prepared for Five Fields to be as good as this. We now have yet another delightful London addition to our list of restaurants to return to.

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Mr. Lloyd S

Magical Evening
04 September 2018  
This was a long overdue return to The Five Fields but I have to say it was definitely worth the wait as it turned out to be a truly fabulous evening. We've been here twice before but the last time was over two and a half years ago and I can honestly say it won't be anywhere near as long before we're back again. Set just of the Kings Road and only a short walk from Sloane Square tube station is where you'll find the restaurant. As you enter the restaurant you immediately get a lovely homely feeling along with a warm and very friendly greeting. As you look into the dining area you see the tables down each side are set out for couples where each person faces inwards. There are larger tables down the centre plus upstairs is a Private Dining Room. Once seated we were treated to a delightful glass of Welsh Sparkling Rose from the Ancre Hill Estates. We also enjoyed some amazing snacks while we looked at the menu. On this occasion we decided to opt for the eight course Tasting Menu. It was then time to meet the wonderful sommelier Anna who it was a pleasure to chat to throughout the evening. Regarding our choice of wine we said that we would like to just have a bottle than the matched wine option to which Anna recommended a fabulous Riesling Trocken from Germany which was an absolute delight and really matched each course nicely. Now onto the food itself and we started with a stunning Scallop with Tomatillo & Lime this was followed by a heavenly Lobster with Fennel & Lardo. These dishes were brought to us by our Spanish waitress Lourdes who was so friendly and professional and truly added to our magical evening The next two courses were equally fantastic. The first being an amazing Beef Tartare with Mushroom followed by a simply stunning Foie Gras with a Beetroot Brioche & Blackberries Before we got to the main course we had the pleasure of a beautiful Turbot dish which came with Seaweed & Garlic So now it was time for the mains to which there was a choice of two. One being Roe Deer served with Courgette & Potato and the other was Grouse which came with Pumpkin & Girolles. We decided to have one dish each and can honestly say they were both worthy of being the highlight dish of the evening as they were just amazing Before dessert we decided to opt for a cheese course which apart from one French cheese the rest were British & Irish. The cheese was nicely presented to us by our delightful waitress Lourdes We then had a pre dessert which was a fabulous Melon with Hazelnut & Orange. This led us into our last course a delightful dessert of Honey , Lemon & Tarragon and the Sweet Wine chosen by Anna a Vouvray from the Loire Valley matched the dessert beautifully This brought an end to an outstanding evening where the food , wine and service was of the highest order and will definitely go down as one of the highlights of the year. Therefore I would highly recommend that you put a visit to this restaurant very close to the top of your list and as I said at the beginning it certainly won't be very long before I return
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Mr. Alex G

Five Stars
25 September 2017  
Three-quarters of the way through 2017 and I can confidently state that a recent dinner at The Five Fields constitutes the best culinary experience I have enjoyed in London this year. Food, wine and service were all superlative. Small touches are often the most memorable: the occasion for our visit was the birthday of my dining comrade and the menus at our table were stamped with birthday greetings – an easy thing to do, but very gratifying. The restaurant has also remembered that my comrade was vegetarian and her dedicated tasting menu was presented with a flourish from our waiter’s pocket. The champagne with which we began was deep and rich from a boutique grower (Charotgne-Taillet) and our amuse-bouches a great way to kick things off. A tiny tart of snail and black pudding was superbly innovative and packed an incredible amount of flavour for something so simple. Back to the small touches and bread/butter is often a great way to gauge a restaurant. Here, there was a great range (the challenge was not to eat too much before the food proper arrived) and the butter had a melt-in-the-mouth texture. We proceeded to the tasting menus, comprising seven dishes in total. Not a single was a disappointment: from my side, the suckling pig and grouse were absolute stand-outs, while my colleague praised highly her spelt and cep risotto. We opted for paired wines throughout and our sommelier showed knowledge and enthusiasm, taking the effort to engage with us. Things concluded with a small cake plus candle – a delightful way to end. Pricing was comparable to other similar experiences in the capital and worth every penny. If there were one quibble, then it might be the loud voices of some of the well-heeled Chelsea residents seated on nearby tables, which intruded somewhat. Maybe it comes with the territory, but a return visit is undoubtedly in order.
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Nicole G

02 April 2014  
I am not by any means saying this was a terrible evening or a terrible restaurant but it certainly didn't live up all the glowing reviews. We went to the restaurant last Saturday night for my mother's birthday celebration and they were absolutely wonderful in their attention to detail (a birthday salutation was printed on the menu and my mother was also given a specially prepared dish for her dessert). Their service was flawless. It was all very tasteful and elegant though perhaps that atmosphere was a little too hushed and reverential. Unfortunately, for us, it was the food and wine that didn't live up to their reputation. Choosing the tasting menu often means that we can try the dishes the chef is particularly proud of creating, especially when paired with their choice of wines. This is where the problems started. My mother and I usually disagree about the wines we like, especially the whites but this evening we were in complete accordance. Every single white wine, whether dry or semi sweet was pretty aromatic. There was not one crisp, mineral white wine on that entire selection. There was a Mosel, a Reisling, a Viognier and so it continued. My mother stopped drinking most of them about two sips in and for me, in one instance, the wonderful flavour of the Beef Tartare was completely killed by the acidity in the wine pairing, like running into a brick wall. Since the wines were colouring everything so much, it's difficult to properly assess the food separately though there were a couple of original dishes. The Fois Gras was baked in some sort of beetroot gelatin type coating which was certainly unusual and a good contrast to the richness of the pate. I also liked the scallops with green lentils and lime. My mother's main criticism was that everything tasted sweet to some extent and that not one dish was truly savoury. For me, even though there were a couple of dishes I quite liked, the main problem was that nothing stood out. It wasn't terrible food but there was nothing that I was thrilled to eat. The Beef Tartare probably came the closest. The best word I can use to describe the entire experience is competent. There was no innovation here. I wouldn't even mind if they were presenting simple food if it were prepared exceptionally well. It just wasn't exceptional though. In some ways, it's more interesting if the chef takes a risk or two on their tasting menu. It might not completely pay off but at least it would be memorable. We both felt that we'd spent a few hours working our way through a menu that was utterly forgettable. It's a shame and it's possible that the a la carte would have been a better choice which is unfortunate in hindsight. I did appreciate the manager offering me an unexpected tasting of the aged Green Chartreuse along with my original order of the ordinary liqueur. They are so good at those little touches that it makes it even worse that we were do disappointed by the food. The restaurant might need to look again both at their tasting menu and the wines that they have because we really wanted to enjoy it and it was just so middle of the road. I'm sure plenty of people will like this restaurant but there are many more that deliver a better experience that this will never be on my list of favourites.
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Mr. Tim Z

16 December 2013  
What a great addition to South Ken/Chelsea's dining options. A lovely and intimate dinning room (there are only around 10 tables or so) with very attentative service. Great quality food, brilliantly prepared and presented. Very good wine offering, both upscale and more affordable options
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Mr. Alex S

Hidden gem
11 November 2013  
Surely i cant be the only person to have discovered a true talent in the chef at Five Fields. This restaurant, tastefully decorated and very comfortable is one of the most exciting i have been too in a long time. While the food is the star, exquisitely presented, wonderfully diverse and beautifully presented, the service too is excellent, attentive but not intrusive. A short, inventive menu with plenty to please all palates and every dish delivering real flavour. we spotted the chef who seems to be incredibly young but surely is destined for great things. i only hope that we will be able to get a booking in future because once everyone finds out about this place it os going to be very hard to get in!!
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Nevine H

The next best restaurant in London... michelin star to come for sure!
06 October 2013  
What a find. Welcoming, unpretencious, superb stylish creative food, great service, good value… infact for the quality… excellent value! Besides a three course meal for £45, you are offered a choice of fresh breads (including the best olive bread Ihave ever tasted), amuse bouche, dessert frandises,… just fantastic. It is comfortable, very pleasant ambience… could find no fault. Go before it is impossible to get a table… you will not be dissappointed!
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Mr. James S

Amazing find
17 September 2013  
Somewhat found this by accident and was a real treat. In two minds as to whether to leave a review…this will become harder and harder to book I'm sure once it's fully discovered. Each of the courses was mouth watering and bursting with flavour. The staff have managed to achieve the balance between being attentive without distracting. Get there early and you'll be able to enjoy the cozy bar area upstairs…we only found retrospectively. Can't wait to go back and have the full tasting menu.
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Ms/Mrs. Nancy N

A 'Must Visit'
06 June 2013  
I am going back for my second time! The food is not only delicious but beautiful. I was bowled over by the fresh flowers. zingy flavours, great cellar and comfortable seating – I was in no hurry to leave.
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Ms/Mrs. Sarah W

Outstanding Food & Service at this Chelsea Treasure!
05 June 2013  
A memorable experience for all the right reasons! With a menu that reads as beautifully as the dishes taste, you will be planning your next visit before you have even left just so you can try all the dishes before the season changes! Even when ordering the prix fixe menu you are utterly spoilt with numerous extra treats along the way, taking your taste buds on a journey through some of the most delectable seasonal flavours; with all the mouth-watering extras, the menu price becomes incredibly good value for money! Even the tasting menu at only £65 for eight courses is extremely competitve! The service is flawless from start to finish, with the warmest welcome and delightful and knowledgable staff all make for a relaxed evening and certainly somewhere you could spend numerous hours over several bottles of Chablis catching up with friends! The atmosphere was buzzy considering the small 40 seater dining room, you are not overwhelmed with background chatter and uncomplimentary music but can simply enjoy your company and the surroundings and can quite clearly see that the other guests feel the same way. You do not feel rushed at any point, as if your table is going to be resold once you leave but are encouraged to take your time and truly enjoy the food and atmosphere. This is a special little find that I would recommend to all who enjoy truly good food, unobtrusive service and comfortable surroundings. Highly recommended with a big fat exclamation mark!!!
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