Located in a stylish corner plot on King’s Road, Chelsea is this bistro-style Beaufort House restaurant. It extends over the three upper floors of a stunning townhouse and comprises three bars and a nightclub, plus a private dining room available to hire for lunches, dinners, events, and meetings.
We got there one evening for dinner stepping into a convivial, chilled-out environment of the ground floor restaurant. The colours are warming with dark wood floors and wood tables, red leather banquette seating and comfy chairs, monochromatic details and bold Art Deco details packaged up in a semi-circle. It feels airy and spacious, probably thanks to the long windows giving most diners a view over King’s Road.
The heart of the brasserie is an attractive semi-circular bar with an imposing chandelier straddled by black round columns and hemmed by soft blue stools. It’s a compelling look, and the bonus is that wherever you sit, you get a great view over the rest of the restaurant.
Walking in from a busy high street into a warm, laid back ambience of dimmed lighting, a soundtrack of happy chitter-chatter and house music meant shifting down a gear into a relaxed frame of mind.
Food and Drink
There’s plenty of interest on offer on their modern European menu put together by their Sardinian chef Alessio Piras. The menu is paired with an exciting range of cocktails and wine. Actually, you could just come for the cocktails.
We started with the grilled asparagus – it was cooked to a crunch and perfectly charred served with a perfectly runny egg doused with truffle hollandaise sauce. The swordfish Carpaccio was a surprise, served with salmon roe, green apple, pink peppercorn.
We moved onto the main course of a 9-ounce juicy Ribeye steak, served with Portobello mushroom gratin, Jerusalem artichoke puree and watercress salad. And a fillet of code ‘Ndujo crust, mussels, cauliflower puree and saffron jersey potatoes. Both are perfectly executed.
Desserts beckoned. Chocolate peanut butter heart and vanilla ice cream tasted as glorious as it sounds and a delicious smooth mango mouse tropical fruit cheesecake that has to be savoured.
Beaufort House offers a chilled-out space ideal for friends to natter over a cocktail and some fine food or even a casual first date. Yet after dinner, the restaurant keeps on giving. Upstairs there is Member’s Lounge at Beaufort House, where diners and regulars can strut their stuff to the vibes churned out by their resident DJ. Or you could head for the champagne bar on the top floor. All in all, Beaufort House offers a charming experience.