Bluebird

Restaurants , Contemporary European Chelsea
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Venue says: "Early-bird cocktails in the courtyard, £5 cocktails from 5-7pm from Monday to Thursday."

Once a magnificent art deco garage complex with links to speed racer Sir Malcolm Campbell (hence the name), this is now a multipurpose eating and drinking venue, part of the D&D London stable.

At street level is a lively café (and front courtyard) and food store. The restaurant is on the first floor, where a disproportionate amount of space is given to the bar. Some tables are tightly packed together; bag a bigger one by the window for a diverting view of the King’s Road. Best visit after dark: daylight pouring through the skylight reveals stained carpet and scuffed chairs, and dressing the greeters in unflattering maroon takes the colour scheme too far.

The kitchen delivers a roster of Anglo-French favourites (foie gras parfait, salmon fish cakes, steaks) with some flair. This was evident from parsley-speckled ham hock with a punchy, crunchy piccalilli. Terrific pastry, a topping of hollandaise sauce and an excellent pea shoot salad elevated a pea and leek tart above the usual ‘veggie option’. Sourdough bread from the in-house bakery was tremendous.

Some dishes lacked the finesse you’d expect for the price: too salty butternut squash soup and mussels; unexceptional tarte tatin. Flash for your cash comes in the shape of a massive undulating piece of battered fish perched in a wire basket, and a giant knickerbocker glory glass topped with a banana. Not subtle or particularly sophisticated, but then neither is 'Made in Chelsea'.

 

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Bluebird says
Bluebird is one of Chelsea's favourite destinations for drinking and dining. Located right on the King's Road, its famous cafe and courtyard is perfect for people-watching over lunch or dinner. Upstairs is its chic cocktail bar and light, bright restaurant, serving a modern Mediterranean menu, lots of small sharing dishes and delicious main courses, from executive head chef Liam Smith-Laing and his team .

NYE at Bluebird, Chelsea
A fantastic evening including a five-course menu with a glass of bubbles.
DJ playing throughout the evening in addition to incredible band, J and The Rest. Tickets are £150. To book tickets call 020 7559 1000.
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Venue name: Bluebird
Contact:
Address: 350 King's Road
London
SW3 5UU
Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-2.30 & 6-10.30pm; Sat 11am-3.30pm & 6-10.30pm; Sun 11am-3.30pm and 6-9.30pm
Transport: Tube: Sloane Square tube then bus 11, 19, 22, 49, 319
Price: Main courses £16-£65. Weekend brunch 22.50 for two and 25 for 3 courses.
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Georgie
Tastemaker

I came here because i'm one of those awful people who watched Made in Chelsea and I assumed that if it was good enough for the rich and fabulous of West London it was probably good enough for me... but turns out i'm actually kinda better than this... because the burger was dry and bland, the oysters not shucked all that well, the service slow and the drinks over priced. Its a shame because it's a great looking venue, and the afternoon tea looked delicious as we strolled past feeling disappointed at our lunches... there's a lovely cafe and even a boutique overpriced shop selling the kind of fashion noone ever really wears unless they have more money than sense...

LeeLee
tastemaker

Came here for afternoon tea with my brother a while back and really liked it! I thought the selection of cakes was quite nice. Bottom tier: plain scones with jam and clotted cream. Middle tier: lemon sponge cake + brownie sandwich with whipped cream. Top tier: berry macaroon + lemon tart + dark chocolate thick mousse cake. Savoury finger sandwiches: ham and cheese croissant + mini salt beef burger + smoked salmon on white bread + apple and cheese scone. I thought the savoury sandwiches were pretty original, they held some of the traditional flavours but were presented with different breads for each, which was nice! We went for the champagne afternoon tea, where we were served the champagne first, followed by the sandwiches and cakes with our tea. Pleasant overall experience and I'd come back to try their new afternoon tea menu along with their café for a proper meal!

Rosa P

Me and a few friends come to Bluebird for some late afternoon cocktails for a friends birthday after lunch. The cocktails were really good! The atmosphere was great and all together Bluebird is a lovely venue!

Lexie C

Brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, cocktails - whatever the occasion you can count on The Bluebird.

Nicholas G

Excellent venue and lovely staff. We go for all our occasions and the front of house staff always help to make them special.

Mary-Lynne C

I heard about this restaurant in Australia and so I went there with a friend when I traveled to London. Just amazing food! ❤️'ed the service and their PR was just unforgettable! The chef walk around talking to everyone, he was so interested in what people thought. One of my favourite restaurant to date! Excellent

Florence R

Great local restaurant. Atmosphere and service make you feel a million pound without the bill to match. Chef is creative with his food but not over the top

Anita R

What a delight to the tastebuds! A wonderfully insightful menu that leaves you wanting to return again and again. Matthew Robinson is a genius in the kitchen. I think this is my favourite restaurant in the whole of Europe!

Stavroula P

Great food, wine, unique cocktails. Fantastic atmosphere, stylish surroundings and very friendly staff!! Perfect for any occasion!!!

Dee
Tastemaker

Sitting in the patio on a sunny day with a glass of Rose here.. is the best pastime!

Silvio

I went to the street cafe and had a cappuccino. It was the most disgusting cappuccino ever, just milk and water. They charged me 3.85 pounds for a small cup. The stuff were very unpleasant . I strongly not recommend this cafe. There is nothing good about it. My rating is 0 .

Susie

Went to the restaurant years ago when it first opened and that was a dreadful experience. Thought the cafe might be better so decided to breakfast there this morning. Nothing has changed... The service was poor. The waiter made a mistake with our order, and when I pointed out that a key ingredient was missing from one of the dishes, I was told it was on my plate so I was the one who was wrong! It took three goes to explain that I ordered smoked salmon with scrambled eggs AND eggs royale... The food also arrived before the drinks. It was a pity our experience was such as the food when it arrived was OK. One point in their favour is that they seem to be prompt in organising the bill!

Sarah Bond

Lovely restaurant and food just found it somewhat rude when we entered and spoke to the young lady on reception ,she said that there was a 'two hour window' so would have to leave then and this was even though the restaurant was practically empty when we arrived and not a lot busier when we left!!! Think she could have been more polite!!!