The Cadogan Arms

Gastro pubs so often disappoint being neither good gastronomically speaking or good from a pub point of view. I was slightly hesitant about dinner at The Cadogan Arms in Chelsea after reading some bad to mediocre reviews but thankfully the recently renovated boozer came through with the goods for my visit. It’s no surprise given that Tom and Ed Martin are behind The Cadogan Arms, the two brothers having already pumped out a good few of London’s top gastro pubs.
Inside, the pub has a clubby spirit with wooden floor boards, lots of dead animals heads and antlers on the walls and a big bar for people clinging onto the pub part of the gastro pub. The menu reads well with lots of classic British dishes like chicken livers and deep fried duck egg or bubble along with crowd pleasers like Caesar salad and a burger.

After fresh brown bread and a pat of creamy butter we start with a dozen of the Colchester rock oysters (£22) which taste of high tide and the sun. Sure, The Cadogan’s Arms role was limited to good shopping and oyster shucking but still these are top quality oysters.
Colchester oysters
The fish and chips (£14.50) features fish coated with a light and pungent batter made from ale and comes complete with crunchy chips and mushy peas. A side of peas and pearl barley (£3.50) is enlivened in the best possible way with slithers of bacon. The best dish though is from the specials board, the whole roasted baby chicken (£14.50) is tender and juicy. Nestled on fluffy roast potatoes it is smothered in a rich reduction flavoured with thyme. It’s nigh on perfect and encapsulates why this rebooted gastro pub hits the jugular.
Roast baby chicken
This is a pub so there is a wide selection of beers on tap and by the bottle, including a monthly seasonal ale. The wine list is fairly extensive and is helpfully divided by varieties.
Essentials
Details: 298 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5UGT
Damage: Reasonable
7/10
Links
If you liked reading this you might be interested in my review of the nearby brasserie Bluebird or The Botanist which is also run by Tom and Ed Martin.

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Posted by: on June 9th, 2010     7 Comments »

Category: Restaurants - Gastro pub, SW3
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7 Comments on “The Cadogan Arms”

  1. Heavenly Housewife said at 11:55 am on June 9th, 2010:

    This is a place I’ve been wanting to visit. The food looks pretty good, and I do like a nice bread basket ;)
    *kisses* HH

  2. Paunchos said at 11:01 pm on June 9th, 2010:

    That’s a mighty fine looking roast chicken. If I’d spotted that I’d have found it very hard to resist, even if I was just having a pint.

  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said at 3:36 am on June 10th, 2010:

    It sounds like that pub really nails the whole great pub food concept. And that chicken looks pretty sizeable! :o

  4. Dave said at 8:05 pm on June 10th, 2010:

    I’d heard mixed reviews about the Cadogan arms, but they were from a while ago.
    Looks like they have upped their game somewhat…
    Another one for the list …..

  5. Gourmet Chick said at 9:02 pm on June 11th, 2010:

    Heavenly Housewife – it’s a good quality gastro pub maybe not worth crossing time for but still good

    Paunchos – that’s always the trouble with gastro pubs – too much temptation even if you have just popped in for a drink

    Lorraine – London does pub food well

    Dave – As I said in the intro I had heard mixed reviews as well

  6. Jeanne @ CookSister! said at 7:22 am on June 15th, 2010:

    Glad that I am not the only one who liked the Cadogan Arms! I’d also read the bad press and then proceeded to really enjoy my visit – I was wondering whether I’m just exceptionally easily pleased ;-) Glad to hear you had a good experience too!

  7. Lizzie said at 9:05 pm on June 21st, 2010:

    It looks a damn sight better than Pople’s meal did! They must have upped their game.


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