This building on a corner of the King’s Road was once The Roebuck pub, where a young John Lydon strolled in, met the rest of the Sex Pistols, and was signed up on the spot to front one of the most iconic British bands of all time.
Now the punks have cleared out, and in its stead stands Beaufort House – home to a stylish bar, restaurant and three-storey members’ club known as Albert’s. The ground floor, however, is open to all and sundry, serving an all-day menu of brasserie classics and cocktails come the evening.
It all kicks off with brunch classics – banana pancakes, Loch Fyne smoked salmon bagels and omelettes with choose-your-own fillings – while the all day menu ranges from pan-fried scallops with a spicy ‘Nduja crumb to wild boar ragu pappardelle and Guinea Fowl Supreme with crispy parma ham. It’s also worth noting that it’s a great spot to bring a laptop and get some work done during the day.
As behoves its SW3 postcode, the interiors are a glossy mix of mirrors, banquettes and dramatic uplighting, all orbiting a polished metal horseshoe bar, which itself orbits an enormous chandelier. Bifold doors magic away the walls in the summer, allowing for a little al fresco drinking and dining, while in winter the bar takes on a cosy, convivial feel that gets livelier as the night wears on.
That’s thanks in part to the long cocktail list, running the gamut from Champagne Cocktails (the Strawberry Kiss adds bourbon, Aperol and fresh strawberries) to Martinis (with twists like Watermelon, Chilli and Lemongrass) via classic shots (Jägerbombs & B52s)…
…and also in part to your legendary dance moves.
NOTE: Beaufort House is open daily from 9am-late. You can find out more, and book a table, HERE.
Beaufort House | 354 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UZ
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