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Summary

£99
 ££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Consistency and total professionalism” have won a major following (in the Top 40 most-mentioned names this year) for Joe Mercer Nairne and David O’Connor’s “first class” and “always welcoming” destination in a nondescript corner of Chelsea, which transcends its neighbourhood character (“it’s a bit of a cheek-by-jowl affair”) by attracting a far-flung fan club. Reporters have often cited Joe’s cuisine as worthy of a Michelin star (which it briefly held) and he continues to win praise for well-judged cooking that’s “good value, too, considering the quality” (even if its ratings slipped a smidgeon this year on some reports that were “good but not outstanding”). The “fabulous wine list” is also a major attraction in its own right. “Sommelier Melania has put together a stellar selection from across the world, at fair mark-ups, and with plenty of variety”. And “the £10 corkage deal at lunch is an added incentive to regular visits”. “It’s filled with people who love great food, and not just another trendy ‘place to be seen.”

Summary

£75
 ££££
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.

“Well worth a visit in this remote corner of Chelsea”: this “outstanding oasis in Worlds End” has won a big culinary reputation, and chef Joe Mercer-Nairne “maintains high standards year-in-year-out”, with a “classic French approach that’s not so over-refined as to suck enjoyment out of it”. “Very good ingredients are cooked with great care, love and attention, but not overdone, nor over-fancy”. Service is of a very “high class” too, while the interior is “sophisticated” (“if a little cramped”). “It’s another surprising omission from the Michelin star list: is it because it’s at the wrong end of the King’s Road?”

Summary

£75
 ££££
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.

“Well worth a visit in this remote corner of Chelsea”: this “outstanding oasis in Worlds End” has won a big culinary reputation, and chef Joe Mercer-Nairne “maintains high standards year-in-year-out”, with a “classic French approach that’s not so over-refined as to suck enjoyment out of it”. “Very good ingredients are cooked with great care, love and attention, but not overdone, nor over-fancy”. Service is of a very “high class” too, while the interior is “sophisticated” (“if a little cramped”). “It’s another surprising omission from the Michelin star list: is it because it’s at the wrong end of the King’s Road?”

Summary

£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.

“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.

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Medlar Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Medlar Restaurant in SW10, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Medlar restaurant.
Peter D
Beautiful fish, crab ravioli and cod. Great...
Reviewed 1 months, 6 days ago

"Beautiful fish, crab ravioli and cod. Great service and ambience"

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Peter D
Very good lunch with wide selection. Charmi...
Reviewed 8 months, 1 day ago

"Very good lunch with wide selection. Charming ambience, excellent for a quiet discussion over lunch."

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Jin L
Great to see staff haven’t changed. Relia...
Reviewed 9 months, 1 day ago

"Great to see staff haven’t changed. Reliable restaurant, excellent halibut sashimi - very fresh, well balanced with a hint of chilli flakes, pigeon a tad under cooked."

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David W
Excellent lunch with usual Medlar style, at...
Reviewed 11 months, 26 days ago

"Excellent lunch with usual Medlar style, attentive service and usual understated ambiance. The policy of sticking to what they know works is becoming somewhat tiresome, high time the menu was re-invigorated with a few interesting variations."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £40.00 £45.00
Dinner £60.00 £70.00
SundayLunch £45.00 £50.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £38.00
Filter Coffee £4.25
Extras  
Service 12.50%
438 King's Rd, London, SW10 0LJ
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm

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