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“Truly delicious tapas” showcasing “great farm-sourced food”, with “some robust, well-judged flavours” win ongoing appreciation for the Gladwin brothers’ six-year-old King’s Road operation. There’s also a “cool vibe” to the “quirkily decorated room – loved it!”.
“Truly delicious tapas” showcasing “great farm-sourced food”, with “some robust, well-judged flavours” win ongoing appreciation for the Gladwin brothers’ five-year-old King’s Road operation. There’s also a “cool vibe” to the “quirkily decorated room – loved it!”.
The Gladwin brothers’ “fun”, faux-rustique, four-year-old haunt on the King’s Road still wins a lot of praise for its “inventive and tasty”, farm-to-table “British tapas”. There’s a minority, though, who “go with high expectations (we were told it was amazing)”, but leave finding it “overrated and overpriced”.
“You squeeze in on wobbly chairs, next to cramped wobbly tables” at the Gladwin brothers (Shed, Nutbourne) quirky Chelsea venture, serving distinctive, farm-to-table British tapas. Critics (more numerous this year) say “the novelty of eating expensive, tiny bits of food wears off pretty quickly”, but most reporters still applaud its “interesting small dishes concept”.
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Rabbit Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Food and service at this cosy restaurant were very good. Unfortunately in these post-COVID times “cosy” is not how one wants to feel and the tables felt distinctly too close together and staff did not press for contact details on arrival. "
"With the current regulations around COVID one would expect restaurants to be very much aware of requirements. On arrival I was not invited to give my contact details and when led to my table this was in the very stuffy main body of the restaurant where I did not feel comfortable at how close tables were placed. Thankfully we were able to move to another table near the front door where we had some beautifully prepared food, however the experience means I will not be rushing back until pandemic is truly over. "
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It was a little way into our lunch at Rabbit that it struck us what’s so odd about it. Here we were, waiting for lunch, with a good (if oblique) view of one of the prime stretches of the King’s Road (between Waterstone’s and Waitrose).
In a decent restaurant.
It’s quite disorientating. Any fool knows you do not find acceptable restaurants on the King’s Road. Off the King’s Road, perhaps. On the Fulham Road, fine, or even the Old Brompton Road. But something about the socio-economics of SW3 has meant that the King’s Road has never, within living memory, sustained a restaurant beyond the purely functional and some of those have been driven out by the mobile phone shops.
So who are these brave - perhaps foolish - restaurateurs? Step forward the Shed people. (The Shed, if you don’t know, is the place that took over the site of The Ark - a Kensington bistro in business since time immemorial - a couple of years ago.) Imagine a Jack Wills shop as a restaurant, and you won’t be far off.
The formula here is essentially as seen in Kensington. There is the same home-made-rustic feel - here feeling a bit more calculated, but just as noisy. The welcoming staff/young proprietors are all jeans and check shirts… but no Converse - this is Chelsea, after all.
The food - seasonal and local, in the sense that much of it comes from the proprietors’ Sussex farm - is very much in the same vein as in Kensington, if perhaps a bit fancier. It comes in small (to medium) plates that are attractive to the eye, and never less than tasty, if not always, at the higher levels, offering the degree of complexity you might hope for at the prices.
For a first visit, then, we'd possibly suggest this place more for an early (or late) shopping lunch than a full-blown affair, as the total bill can escalate to a level which might feel a bit disproportionate. Stop by, though, for perhaps a (very satisfying) ‘mouthful’ of Brown Crab Bomb, and a couple of venison ‘stogies’ (think spring rolls), washed down with a glass of Sussex wine (truly ‘de la maison’), and a most satisfactory visit is in prospect.
If you do decide to visit at prime time, though, we suspect you’ll already need to book.
172 King’s Rd, London, SW3 4UP