Pig's Ear

Critics' choice
Sam Bailey
Pig's Ear

Another year passes, and this Chelsea gastropub’s decor equivalent of a mid-life crisis seemingly continues. Range Rovers line the quiet street it occupies off the King’s Road, their blazer-clad owners propping up the bar while guffawing about putting £20,000 on cashback. But the walls are bedecked with a scattering of retro bloke-ish furnishings, including a framed can of bitter, an Evening Standard billboard announcing George Best’s death and posters harking back to the area’s 1970s punk heyday, including a massive promo cartoon for the Sex Pistols’ ‘Holidays in the Sun’. Our Sunday afternoon visit saw a clientele of well-heeled twentysomethings, middle-aged couples and yummy mummies with squealing infants, all tucking into hearty if variable pub fare.

Smoked salmon cannelloni on carrot purée was a thick finger of fish sitting atop an alarmingly yellow paste, but pork roast loin was far more successful – two thick slices of pork with light, delicate crackling and generously crusted roast potatoes. Real ales (from Sambrook’s of Battersea, plus guest appearances from the likes of Cardiff’s Brains) and Symonds cider are lapped up by the Chelsea crowd, who also enjoy indulging in the pub’s selection of battered board games. It looks like this haven for middle-aged pursuits isn’t at risk of running out of fans any time soon.


Venue name: Pig's Ear
Address: 35 Old Church Street
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served 12.30-3pm, dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-10pm Sat; noon-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Sloane Square tube then bus 19, 22 or 319
Price: Main courses £10-£22

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Far the best gastro pub in london! in the back streets where you will find everything from the A list stars mixing with the regulars of chelsea. They have three real ales on what changes every few days! this is hard to find these days!!!! The food is always outstanding.... we had a pork platter to share, which was head to toe of pork followed by a steak. Great staff who do everything in there power to make you have a good time! Worth a visit if in london!


This should not even be listed, having made N effort to gland find the place, we had avert poor meal, from the crab starter which was a jumbled mess to the lamb wich was covered in a sticky sauce and lots of oil, and when I asked for just strawberrys and rasberrys as a desert, not only was I charged 6.75 for 50 pence worth but the rasberrys were off and the few strawberrys they had not even bothered to hull,don't go save your pocket and your stomach