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The Cadogan Arms

Chelsea, London

A much-loved Chelsea institution restored to its former glory

Backed by the experienced team at JKS Restaurants that brought you the George in Mayfair, the Cadogan Arms reopened in the summer of 2021, lavishly restored to recapture its opulent Victorian origins.

Beneath its ornate ceilings and glittering chandeliers, in comfy armchairs, you can dine in what is still a proper pub, complete with cask beer pumps and a dartboard. The menu is based on pub classics, British dishes and bar snacks, enhanced with all kinds of enticing touches and underpinned by an ethos of provenance and seasonality.

For a starter or a snack, you can go for crispy boneless lamb ribs from Cornwall with anchovy and sorrel yoghurt or Jersey rock oysters laced with red wine shallots, tabasco and lemon. Your main might be a beef and Guinness pie with clotted cream mash, black cabbage and gravy or a paneer and vegetable makhana, served with the usual curry trimmings.

Then it’s on to some good, traditional desserts including rice pudding, blackberry trifle or sticky toffee.

There are roasts on Sundays, of course, and alongside a restaurant-style wine list a dozen draught beers to choose from plus cocktails inspired by the classics.

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