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“For a very civilised meal”, Taylor Bonnyman’s “refined” and “romantic” venue – in a Chelsea townhouse, hidden way near Peter Jones – has become a huge hit: out of the PR limelight, but in the Top 40 most-mentioned restaurants in our annual diners’ poll and “well worthy of its Michelin star” thanks to its “immaculate but unobtrusive” service and Marguerite Keogh’s “superb and assured cooking”: “wonderfully light, creative, beautiful and flavoursome food” from “their own kitchen garden in Sussex” (which the most ardent fans feel is “at a level above their tyre-company rating”). Its ratings slipped a little this year amidst cost of living concerns (and a number of reporters noting that “it’s a pity that they only do a tasting menu”). As a result, its style can appear more “hushed” and “formal” and “very expensive” (“we find it just too costly to visit anymore, although we love this place as one of the most amazing providers of interesting and totally divine food”). That’s still a minority view, though – for most diners it’s just “just a brilliant experience”. Top Tip – “stellar wine selection”.
“Set in a quiet little street off the King’s Road”, Taylor Bonnyman’s “discreet and elegant” Chelsea townhouse HQ flies under the radar in terms of PR, but is one of the survey’s Top 40 most-mentioned restaurants, thanks to its “exceptional” quality. “Top-class ingredients are beautifully treated by a first-class team” overseen by Taylor and head chef Marguerite Keogh to deliver “classically inspired British seasonal food” that’s “refined and sophisticated, but never overwrought”. Service is “slick” and “classy” but “always with a smile” and the “soothing crisp lines” of the “beautiful dining room” create an “intimate” and “welcoming” atmosphere. “A truly special place for a celebration”, especially of a romantic nature.
Taylor Bonnyman’s “exceptional” Chelsea heavyweight (one of the survey’s Top 40 most mentioned restaurants, and the winner of Harden’s London Restaurant Awards’ Top Gastronomic Experience in 2019) provides an un-showy but luxurious experience that’s hard to better. It’s very consistent all-round. His and head chef Marguerite Keogh’s thoughtful cuisine is “not too heavy and perfectly judged”, using “own-grown seasonal produce” from the restaurant’s garden in East Sussex. “Service is attentive without being cloying”. And the “charming” premises in the tangle of streets near Peter Jones are often tipped for celebrations: “perfect for romance and decadence”.
“More like the Elysian fields!”: Taylor Bonnyman’s “congenial” but “unpretentious” Chelsea HQ (founded in 2013) doesn’t court publicity, but emerged with the survey’s highest food rating this year. With its “sophisticated” interior, “spectacular wine list” and “wonderful” service – “impeccably timed, professional, yet warm” – it’s long been hailed as an “outstanding all-rounder”. But it has hit a particularly impressive and consistent culinary stride in recent times, with not a single negative report received this year (and we received many reports). Head chef, Marguerite Keogh “strives for perfection, and the care and attention to detail of ingredients processed and plated is second to none”, delivering “divinely flavoured dishes” in a mould that’s “classic in style, but very modern in execution” – “witty and inventive, without being up itself or over-fussy”. Much of the produce is sourced from the restaurant’s own garden in East Sussex. Choose at lunch or dinner from a prix fixe three-course menu or alternative tasting option.
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A native Londoner, Taylor Bonnyman's cooking encapsulates the spirit of the capital. With a foundation built on British produce and seasonality, the cooking incorporates influences from London's broad cultural complexion and outward-looking philosophy.
Taking inspiration from the seasons, dishes reflect the aesthetics of nature and are a snapshot of the current landscape while the design of the dining room has taken inspiration from the original green fields between Chelsea and Knightsbridge where once there was open space and fresh produce taken in to London.
The main dining room is elegant and understated with pale lime-washed floors, copper backed hessian walls and features sculptured works by Sophie Dickens.
Service is delivered with aplomb by a team as warm and welcoming as they are professional and knowledgeable.
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Named after John Rocque, an 18th century cartographer whose wonderfully detailed panels offer a glimpse of Georgian London where this area is referred to as â€œThe Five Fieldsâ€?; The Rocque Room can accommodate up to 10 guests for Lunch or Dinner. Located on the first floor of the restaurant and overlooking the charming side streets of Chelsea, The Rocque Room is decorated in warm subtle tones and offers a view into our extensive Wine Cellar as well as a feature fire place. A cosy lounge adjoins The Rocque Room and is available for drinks to welcome your guests before dining or after your meal. For enquiries into booking an event in The Rocque Room please ring 020 7838 1082 or email email@example.com.
The Five Fields Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Throughout the last seven years that I’ve been writing restaurant reviews there have been times when your simply blown away by the hospitality industry. Our lunch at The Five Fields on saturday was quite simply one of those occasions. This fabulous restaurant treated us to a dining experience that will be remembered for a very long time. I stated about a year ago that this place had become an absolute favourite of ours. This has now been enhanced even more after our latest visit. Our amazing afternoon began as soon as we walked through the door with a lovely welcome from Sandra and Nuno before Miriam escorted us to our table. Once settled we we given a complimentary glass of champagne while we looked at the menu. They only serve a tasting menu for lunch but as usual it all looked very inviting. We began with a delightful selection of snacks consisting of Salmon , Leek Tart , Cheese and Onion Tartelette and a Velvet Crab consommé. At this point sommelier Nuno came over to discuss what wine we’d like to have. He gave us a few options but in the end went for the one he seemed most passionate about. This was a Goliardo Tintos de Mar Rias Baixas from Spain a delightfully light and fruity red wine that complemented the menu perfectly. Before our first course we were in for a fantastic surprise as we headed downstairs to meet Chef Marguerite and the team. It was amazing to have a chat with them and to see them in action. We then headed back to the dining room to begin the afternoon’s festivities. Our first course was the Celeriac with poached oyster and pine. Along with this came a little surprise of a celeriac salad. We then moved on to the Carrot with a seared and dried scallop. This came with a scallop tartare along with a carrot and scallop roe escabeche. Onto the next next course which was a fantastic touch from the team as Marguerite sent us up an extra dish of Lobster with beetroot and rose that was absolutely stunning and accompanied with a lobster claw and green herbs side dish. A big hug from us was sent back to the kitchen. We then moved on to the Dover Sole confit with courgette which was heaven on a plate. Before moving to the main course there was another amazing surprise from the kitchen as they presented us with the Grouse with offal and girolles that simply left us on cloud nine. Now we could move to the main course and another fabulous dish. This was the short loin of Lamb with red peppers and rosemary. Next to come was a delightful and refreshing palate cleanser of Plum preserved plum sorbet with seaweed. Before our dessert it was good to see Michaela again who has returned to the restaurant as a sommelier. She asked if we’d like a sweet wine to pair with the Apple Tart with camomile and creme fraiche. She recommended a 2014 Greek Vinsanto from the Estate Argyros in Santorini with its light raisin notes paired amazingly with the apple. We finished with a coffee and petit fours to bring to an end a most amazing dining experience. The food was simply exceptional , the service was impeccable as always and the wine pairings were amazing. I really can’t recommend a visit to The Five Fields highly enough because if you haven’t been you are really missing out. This quite simply was hospitality at its finest and I cannot wait to walk back through their doors again. Thank You to Marguerite , Meg , Danny and Luca in the kitchen , Sandra and Miriam for their excellent friendly service and to Nuno and Michaela for fabulous wine pairings. We absolutely look forward to seeing you all again soon. "
"As always, we had a warm welcome and were offered a complimentary aperitif. Every course of the tasting menu was a work of art and tasted wonderful. Nuno, the sommelier, gave us comprehensive explanations of all the wines in the wine flight."
8-9 Blacklands Ter, London, SW3 2SP
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|12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm