We Londoners can be so lazy. We have everything on our doorstep, especially if we live in zone one and there isn’t any real reason to travel beyond our comfort zone unless it’s for work or fun. I mean, we don’t have to get into a car to do our shopping and we don’t have to struggle with the notion of finding a decent restaurant within a ten mile radius. We are completely spoiled for choice and especially in Chelsea when it comes to pubs.
Last night I visited The Chelsea Ram for the very first time, which I am ashamed to say. After all, it is one of Chelsea’s legendary pubs and anyone who is truly ‘Chelsea’ would have visited it at one point in their lives. But no not me, I’ve been too lazy enjoying the buzz of the Chelsea Beach or venturing out towards Chelsea Green or the backstreets of Sydney Street.
But as I walked over to Geronimo Inns’s latest Chelsea venture, I realised that in fact The Chelsea Ram wasn’t that far from me. It was barely ten minutes away. And knowing that Geronimo Inns was also responsible for my other favourite pubs in the neighbourhood: The King’s Arms, The Builders Arms and The Phoenix – I was beyond excited to discover its revamp of The Chelsea Ram.
Stepping inside, I discovered a spacious pub that was filled with the mumbles of a very local crowd. The Chelsea Ram is off the beaten track so unless you know it’s here, it’s unlikely that you’ll stumble upon it. You might be lucky enough to do so if you were lost as you made your way to Lots Road or Chelsea Harbour.
I took these pics at the end of the evening, after people had left, because I try not to photo bomb poor souls who happen to step into the path of my blogging addiction. Doesn’t the revamp look lovely?
I especially loved this Tommy Cooper portrait.
The bf and I were seated towards the back of the pub under the skylight which I enjoyed. And as we looked at our menus, I looked around and people-watched. I noticed one of the staff greet a local by their first name and it was clear that the regulars in this pub were not strangers to each other. As people got up to leave, they stopped at the next table to exchange pleasantries whilst another regular dropped into the conversation. In fact, this pub didn’t feel like zone one London. It didn’t even feel like Chelsea. It just felt like what a real local should feel like and I loved it.
The highlight of my supper included the Skate special …
Which I had with fries …
And the Eaton Mess, which I justified devouring because I had been to a spin class earlier that evening. Oh, how the mind likes to play tricks on oneself. But it was so worth it!
I asked the bf what he enjoyed from last night and he pointed out his starter, which was mushrooms on toast with a poached duck egg and rocket on the side.
He also enjoyed his main which was a rib-eye steak with roasted bone marrow and mum’s chips which were large and really crispy.
Our meal was accompanied by a bottle of Malbec Gran Reserva which went down very well.
And I do have to point out that I’m a huge fan of Geronimo Inns’s wine glasses.
By the end of the evening, we were talking to the people at the next table and geeking out on places to eat locally whilst quizzing each other on our favourite restaurants. They were beyond lovely, just like the staff. And as we walked out of the pub, we were greeted by a local who ended up telling me how much she loved The Chelsea Ram.
To see so much affection for one venue was a touching end to a really lovely Monday night.