The Goat, Chelsea
Once the much-loved Goat and Boots – a fun old pub, but in dire need of a refurb – last year it was fully renovated and turned into a more upmarket gastro pub/restaurant, with two bars on the first floor. And a shortened name.
For Chelsea fans, it’s a good choice for a pre-Stamford Bridge match (it’s a 10 minute walk). That’s how I ended here with my Chelsea-mad Dad. For non-Chelsea fans, it’s a charming little establishment on the ever-delightful Fulham Road.
My father was put off by the first menu option: Quinoa with beetroot and goats cheese. Why? Because it contained quinoa. ‘Sounds far too healthy’, he said. Well it’s not all healthy and its New York-Italian menu has something for everyone: from tasty burgers to a delicious crab and chilli linguini (which I had). You can’t go wrong. They also have a fantastic range of pizzas, made in their wood-fire oven. Their puddings are again New York inspired, with an irresistible brownie and ice cream option which I obviously couldn’t say no to.
And it’s not longer grotty: while it now has a distinct New York Brasserie feel to it, the long wooden tables and logs piled up against the far wall also reminded me of a Scandinavian farm house.
Their bar DRINK is popular too, with a pretty blue interior and a pulpit from which DJs spin tracks on the weekend. But their ‘secret’ is the Chelsea Prayer Room, a speak easy bar with comfy chesterfields, cocktail shakers and low lighting, which is by far the cosiest room in the house. If you want to drink here, make sure you book in advance, and pick up the secret entry code at reception.
Best of all? If you’re a ‘neighbour’ (meaning you live in SW3, SW6 or SW10) you get 50% off the food bill every Wednesday (you just need to bring ID and some sort of proof of residency).
No excuses now.
333 FULHAM ROAD, LONDON SW10 9QL
020 7352 1384