RestaurantsLondonChelseaSW3

survey result

Summary

£87
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “romantic” Italian near Brompton Cross dates back to Chelsea’s ‘Swinging Sixties’, when it was founded by Richard Burton’s agent, Daphne Rye, and was still swinging two decades later as one of Princess Di’s hangouts. Nowadays, impressions vary between sceptics who fear it’s lost its mojo (“riding on its reputation from many years ago”) and a loyal majority for whom it’s “old-school but consistently good”.

Summary

£77
 ££££
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“So civilised” – this Chelsea stalwart was founded in 1967 by Daphne Rye, the theatrical agent who discovered Richard Burton; and a couple of decades later found fame as Princess Di’s favourite haunt. But beyond a local well-heeled crowd its social caché is more limited nowadays, and, despite being part of Richard Caring’s Caprice group, it generates only a middling amount of feedback. The Italian cooking is somewhere between dependable and unexciting… especially at the price: “we go for old time’s sake, but really the food is average”.

Summary

£77
 ££££
2
Average
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“So civilised” – this Chelsea stalwart was founded in 1967 by Daphne Rye, the theatrical agent who discovered Richard Burton; and a couple of decades later found fame as Princess Di’s favourite haunt. But beyond a local well-heeled crowd its social caché is more limited nowadays, and, despite being part of Richard Caring’s Caprice group, it generates only a middling amount of feedback. The Italian cooking is somewhere between dependable and unexciting… especially at the price: “we go for old time’s sake, but really the food is average”.

Summary

£80
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

To a “smart Chelsea crowd” this delightful-looking stalwart is a “perennial favourite” (as it was for Princess Di when she was alive) with Italian cooking they say is “always good”. It’s pricey though, and the overall value equation for those without deep pockets is questionable. It inspires less and less feedback – perhaps Richard Caring’s Caprice group have forgotten they own it?

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Restaurant details

Highchair
40
No dress code
100
Yes

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£13.60 £27.30 £7.00 £8.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £38.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
112 Draycott Ave, London, SW3 3AE
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑10:30 pm

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