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Summary

“In an otherwise rather barren part of Chelsea”, this low-profile, but immensely popular, fixture is “a great neighbourhood restaurant that’s worth a journey if it’s not in your neighbourhood”. “Why did it lose its Michelin star” a couple of years ago? – we just don’t know, as Joe Mercier-Nairne’s “refined” cuisine is “very accomplished” and often “memorable”; service is “professional” and “exceptionally friendly”; and “the extent and variety of the wine list is a constant surprise, with recommendations that are spot-on every time”. The weakest link is a dining room that some say is “not the most elegant”, but others value its “intimate” feel.

£81
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Joe Mercer-Nairne should have a Michelin star” and why the tyre men took it away is bonkers given the “faultless, complex cuisine with modern flair” and “slick and pleasant service” at this well-known and extremely popular “hidden gem”, at the ‘wrong’ end of the King’s Road. At best the slightly awkward interior feels “classy” and “convivial”, but it can also appear “staid” and “strangely low key”.

£76
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“The location’s not great” and “signage needs improving”, but this “welcome refuge” near World’s End – run by alumni of Chez Bruce – “exceeds expectations”, and has won a huge following. “It’s a comfortable, quiet space” pepped up by “professional” staff who “try extra hard”, and the “masterfully executed” food is “seasonal, understated, big on flavour”, and accompanied by an “outstanding” wine list. That Michelin took its star away is a screw-up on their part. Top Tip – “incredible value lunch menu”.

£70
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Well-hidden in the red-trouser-wearing Chelsea hinterlands”, this unexpectedly accomplished neighbourhood spot (run by some alumni of Chez Bruce) has won an impressive fan club. Perhaps the interior is a tad “subdued”, but staff are “incredibly friendly and efficient”, the “sensitive” cooking is “stunning”, and there’s a “remarkably varied” wine list. Top Tip – “amazing value lunch”.

£71
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

Medlar is owned by Joe Mercer Nairne and David O'Connor. It is our first restaurant venture and the aim is to provide fantastic food and service in a relaxed environment. We hope our combined experience in some of London’s best restaurants will help us achieve this. At Medlar we aim to cook seasonal ingredients from the British Isles and Europe accurately and simply. The style is French based but takes inspiration from all over. A love of food drives Joe to the kitchen, and he strives to cook food that is first and foremost satisfying to eat. Medlar’s wine list is compiled by Head sommelier/buyer, Didier Catelo.


Special Offer: please quote this offer when booking. Sunday evenings - £35 for three courses (full menu)

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
Yes
28
10.30 pm, sun 9.30pm
75

Medlar Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Medlar Restaurant in SW10, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Medlar restaurant.
S F
Good hearty food and an interesting wine li...
Reviewed 5 months, 22 days ago

"Good hearty food and an interesting wine list. Comfortable room. My wife said it is a very masculine restaurant and she is always right."

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Ian R
Continues to offer innovative modern dishes...
Reviewed 6 months, 1 day ago

"Continues to offer innovative modern dishes in an otherwise quiet corner of Chelsea"

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Peter D
Anazing choice for the set lunch (I had sea...
Reviewed 6 months, 10 days ago

"Anazing choice for the set lunch (I had sea trout tartare followed by brill, both superb) - original dishes excellently prepared. Beautiful atmosphere"

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Vivian C
The standard of the food was a tad differen...
Reviewed 11 months, 9 days ago

"The standard of the food was a tad different from before and the price of the set meal had increased! I'm on the hunt for an alternative go to business place now!!"

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Maria F
Signage awful so hard to find - but inside ...
Reviewed 11 months, 15 days ago

"Signage awful so hard to find - but inside the food is a delight. Awkward layout - but the dishes are interesting and delicious"

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438 King's Rd, London, SW10 0LJ
Opening hours

Tue-Sun 12pm-3pm, Tue-Fri 6.30pm-10.30pm, Sat 6pm -10.30pm, Sun 6pm- 9.30pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm, sun 9.30pm

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