It’s not named after Didier Drogba, the battering-ram striker of Stamford Bridge (just up the road), but instead takes its name from the symbol of the Young’s Brewery, which until recently operated this backstreet Chelsea pub. The former London brewer now owns the 32-strong Geronimo Inns chain, although each generally still retains an individuality. There’s a bit of history here – the Ram was the first pub opened by the husband-and-wife directors of Geronimo, and they’ve taken it back under their wing once more.
It’s had a full redecoration, and is cosy and likeable in that west London ‘country’ way – flowers, cushions, homely furnishings, smart wallpaper, rustic tables. Books line the walls, including Margaret Thatcher’s ‘The Downing Street Years’ and a Jeffrey Archer novel. This is Fulham, after all.
And a very nice bit of Fulham it is too. The Ram fits in perfectly among these pleasant terraces, the shell of Lots Road Power Station towering over the area like the Dominion Monarch liner in Harry Todd’s famous photograph of Silvertown.
Geronimo’s outlets generally feature above-average, crowd-pleasing grub and a well-thought-out drinks list, resulting in an agreeable balance between drinkers and diners. The Ram’s no different –
the menu offers risotto, fishcakes, burger, fish and chips, and Sunday roasts; real ales appeal to traditionalists and progressives alike (I enjoyed a perfect Thornbridge American Pale Ale). The wine list is laid out by style and features some interesting bottles.
|Venue name:||Chelsea Ram||Contact:|
32 Burnaby Street
|Opening hours:||Open 11am-11pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Imperial Wharf overground or Fulham Broadway tube|
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I visited the Chelsea Ram last weekend with a large group of friends for our annual Christmas party event and had a fantastic time. The function room upstairs served as the perfect venue to hold dinner with 20 of us as we were able to sit comfortably around the large table. We had a 3 course meal from the Christmas party menu which was really delicious, I went for the beef carpaccio (yum), followed by the Duck which was amazing and ended the meal with a chocolate desert, which again was lovely. £50 per head covered prossecco on arrival and a 3 course meal with a considerable amount of wine, so it was really good value for money, particularly for Chelsea! If you are looking to host a private event this is a great venue to consider, and I would certainly go back for dinner again!