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Clare Smyth’s departure – with Matt Abe taking up the reins – has stymied the recovery of GR’s Chelsea flagship. Fans do still laud this “grown-up and charming” chamber as “amazing on every level”, and the service in particular remains “exceptional”. Ratings fell back significantly this year however, with numerous attacks on modern French cuisine that’s “rather blah, fine-dining-by-numbers” and “way, way, way too expensive”. The chasm between reality and Michelin’s three stars has never looked greater here.
Slowly but surely, GR’s Chelsea flagship is clawing its way back into London’s very top tier. As yet, it still inspires too many gripes about a “boring” experience at “stratospheric” prices, but year-on-year the ‘swingometer’ is steadily heading in the direction of its admirers who – lauding Clare Smyth’s “absolutely impeccable” cuisine – say “the bill is eye-watering, but after such a superb meal, you won’t care!” Stop Press – in early October 2015, Clare Smyth announced that she was stepping back, to open her own place in Autumn 2016. Her No 2. Matt Abe will succeed her here.
Critics of GR’s Chelsea flagship still decry it as “lacking innovation or interest”, and even fans warn of “hysterical laughter at the prices”; its ratings recovered somewhat this year, though, supported by more praise for a “class act”, and in particular Clare Smyth’s cuisine that’s “amazing from start to finish”.
Clare Smyth’s “classic” cuisine is, say fans, “outstanding”, and helps to make the Sweary One’s rather “stuffy” Chelsea HQ a “peerless” destination; too many critics, though complain of “mundane” cooking served in a “sterile” ambience… and all at “piss-take” prices!
Gordon Ramsay Restaurant Diner Reviews
"A gastronomic experience bar none"
"Nothing interesting or special about the cooking which at these prices is unforgivable. Room rather spoiled by the very ugly light installation hanging down in the middle"
"Tables a little close together but still delivers a nice feel. Wonderful, professional and caring service. Food was very good but not as amazing as expected. Still a great experience with some really good value wines and top sommelier support."
"No wonder this has held 3 stars for so long simply brilliant, breath-taking food and service. We went for my wife's 60th birthday and it was a fabulous experience worth every penny."
68-69 Royal Hospital Rd, London, SW3 4HP
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lunch noon - 3 pm, dinner 6.45 pm - 11 pm
Last orders: 10.15 pm