A typically-looking Victorian pub, in an unattractive position, full of the Chelsea set. Those who remember it of old, when it still offered reasonable food, might be shocked by the modern make-over - including comfortable sofas etc.
The restaurant area, to the rear, is light and airy, from the large skylight (which used to leak, but no longer does and also slide open on summer days).
For decades the pub has been known as 'The Cod', so for mains 'The Admiral's Cod' is almost a main course signature dish. Starters include the likes of 'Crispy baby Squid with Lemon Mayonnaise' or 'Smoked Quail with Tongue, Rocket and Watercress'; perhaps to be followed by 'Roast Monkfish, Lentils and Bacon' or 'Slow-Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Spiced Aubergine Caviar'. The menu is a la carte, so these dishes can be taken individually in the bar, without breaking the bank.
Desserts are less ambitious, but generally include good in-house cheesecakes and the like. Like many gastro pubs, particularly in London, head chefs (and their influence) change too often. A lighter bar lunch menu is also offered. This is still a proper local, and luckily the feeling hasn't been lost - but expect to have to fight a little to reach the calmer rear dining room at busy periods.
They have excellent upstairs facilities, which can be hired for private occasions.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week, Mon-Fri 12.00-14.30, Sat 12.00-15.30, Sun 12.00-16.30; main courses from about £14 to £24; set L £12.95 (2 courses), £15.95 (3 courses); (bar menu available)
- Dinner: all week Mon-Sat 18.30-23.00, Sun 19.00-22.00 ; main courses from about £14 to £24; (bar menu available). A £1 cover charge is added during the evening.
- Seats: 50, plus about 20 outside
- Wine: An interesting wine list, buy gastro pub standards, kicking off at about the £20 mark, and around 20 offered by the glass
- Children's portions: No
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but with difficulty (as a few steps); not lavatory
- Nearest station: Sloane Square or South Kensington Underground Stations
- Directions: Tucked up behind Peter Jones, opposite their warehouse; or walk down from Brompton Cross (if coming from South Ken - a slightly longer route). See the map on this page.
- Parking: Street Parking
- Closed: 24th-26th Dec & 29th Dec
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating