On one (extraordinarily) sunny evening last week, I went to The Phene. A beautiful hidden gem in the heart of Chelsea, The Phene is gastro-pub-tastic in super-civilised surroundings – they even have their own-brand candles!
We were seated in the restaurant area at the back which is bright and airy thanks to the generous skylight. The food was good, but not exceptional. It’s above-average pub fare. My steak was disappointing and for me, that’s always going to be a bit of a sticking point. Still, we worked our way through 2 bottles of delicious Manent Colchagua valley Sauvignon Blanc from Chile which certainly made up for any disappointments we had with the cuisine!
The puddings were, however another matter. We couldn’t decide whether the earl grey and dark chocolate creme brulee or the chocolate fondant was the more tempting of puddings so we opted for a platter of them all to share! (A genius invention.) The earl grey flavours were rife in the creme brulee and as you’d imagine the fondant was suitably oozy. Highly recommended!
Expect the odd red-trousered type or wannabe cast members of Made in Chelsea, but if that doesn’t put you off, it’s well worth a trip! PS. There’s a superb glamorous pub garden – all fairy-lights and large white umbrelles as well as (now-obligatory) patio heaters thanks to extreme UK weather conditions! Go forth and make like it’s Ibiza.
The Phene, 9 Phene Street London SW3 5NY