Chelsea Charm: We Tried The King's Road Hotspot Fronting British Classics And Luxe Interiors

Posh ham, egg and chips? Oysters? Country house vibes? When it comes to pubs in Chelsea, the newly-renovated King's Road boozer: The Cadogan Arms has really made its mark. Boasting beaut interiors, alongside a crackin' menu filled with British favourites, this venue seemed to know a thing or two about finesse, and boy, it did not disappoint.

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This spot perfectly combines cosiness and class.

As we walked into this haunt, we were met with striking dark wood features, stunning high ceilings touting glass chandeliers and a grand fireplace, perfect for those snug winter evenings. This place just oozed style and had a laid-back, yet, elevated atmosphere - at the end of the day... it is Chelsea. Because the sun was shining, we started off our afternoon with cocktails. We chose a Lemon Verbena Paloma (£12), made up of tequila, pink salt and grapefruit soda, which had a beautiful balance of sweetness and sharpness. Followed by the Big Pimmsin' (£12) with rum, strawberries and a hint of lime. This bevvy tasted like a hybrid of a mojito and the best-loved summertime jug, making it super refreshing.

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Expect egg-cellent plates at this joint.

After the waiter kindly ran us through his recommendations, we sunk our teeth into the buttermilk fried chicken (£13.50), served alongside a tangy blue cheese and fiery hot sauce. These bite-sized treats had a crunchy, well-seasoned batter that complimented the succulent meat, and really hit the spot. Followed by a black pudding scotch egg (£8.50), which not only looked absolutely divine, but the oozy yolk and moreish Oxford sauce were also out of this world. As for drinks, I enjoyed a glass of the beautifully light Kentish Gusbourne Brut Reserve (£13), while my date quaffed down the Primitivo Imprint (£45 for the bottle), made up of fruity and velvety flavours - both pairing nicely with our meal.

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Stuff. Of. Dreams.

Up next were the mains, where I opted for the beer battered fish and chips (£22) served with a tartare sauce, minty mushy peas and a slice of lemon. I've had my fair share of plates, and this was everything that I wanted - from the flaky fish to the chunky fries. This also tasted even better with a side of homemade curry sauce (£3.50). My boyfriend chose the ham, egg and chips (£19.50), which were in his words "the best he's ever had", as the meat was so tender that it fell off the bone. This was also complimented by spiced pineapple ketchup, a really innovative twist on the classic side.

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If you're a fan of puds, you'll be sorted here.

After plenty of top-ups of our glasses, we enjoyed desserts. First, we tried the one-and-only pub favourite: sticky toffee pudding (£8). Think a perfectly moist sponge, topped with a caramel sauce and a dollop of fresh clotted cream to cut through the richness. We also chose the signature boozy strawberry sherry trifle (£13.50), which had a great balance of elements and fruit - faultless. To treat ourselves even further, we finished off our meal with some tiny cocktail chasers. Including a Japanese Slipper (£6) made from Midori, Cointreau and lime, alongside a tequila-laced Toreador (£6), touting notes of apricot.

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Not only was the service at The Cadogan Arms second to none, but the food also blew me away. From the cocktails to the elevated pub classics, this stunning haunt just nailed everything. Whether you're after that Sunday lunch with the fam or a romantic evening meal in the chic dining room, I'd recommend heading to this Chelsea spot. 

  💰 The damage: Around £210, including service charge.

  📍  The location: 298 King's Road, SW3 5UG.

  👌 Perfect for: Sunday lunch or a tasty meal with loved ones.

 ⭐ Need to know: It also has private rooms for special celebrations.