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“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.
“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”.
“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”.
“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”.
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.
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Medlar Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Good hearty food and an interesting wine list. Comfortable room. My wife said it is a very masculine restaurant and she is always right."
"Continues to offer innovative modern dishes in an otherwise quiet corner of Chelsea"
"Anazing choice for the set lunch (I had sea trout tartare followed by brill, both superb) - original dishes excellently prepared. Beautiful atmosphere"
"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!!"
"Signage awful so hard to find - but inside the food is a delight. Awkward layout - but the dishes are interesting and delicious"
"Medlar does not offer many choices to a veggie. one started and one main course which is always disappointing. However, the staff were delighted to change some of the dishes to offer me more options. the food was absolutely delicious and we had fantastic wine. It was incredibly good value given we were there on a buzzy Saturday night. Service was fab, nice and relaxed and very discreet. Loved it and definitely going back soon."
"We enjoy the combinations of taste."