Lunch at The Imperial Arms

Spring is finally here and as the countdown to Easter begins with the idea of new life being celebrated through endless forms of mouthwatering chocolate, another renaissance has taken place on King’s Road.

The Imperial Arms has had new life breathed into it and one of the last remaining original Victorian pub buildings has been resurrected to a whole new level.

Comfort and style run throughout the pub; making it a very pleasant place to dine. I love the spacious feel and the less awkward layout which I remember from the past.

On top of The Imperial Arms’ impressive makeover the pub’s food, which includes classic dishes, a vegan menu and a breakfast menu, it has James Barlow at the helm of the pub’s team of chefs. Barlow’s experience includes London’s Soho House and Fig & Olive restaurant in New York.

When I popped in for lunch last week I started with the crab and crayfish samosas with mango, chilli and coriander which I absolutely loved.

The OH had the veal carpaccio with mustard caper emulsion, pine nuts and basil.

For main and probably because I was recovering from a horrid cold, I decided to go for a classic; beer battered cod and chips with minted pea purée and tartare sauce which I really enjoyed. There was a lovely twist to the fish which made me feel I wasn’t being too predictable.

The OH also felt like having a classic for lunch so he went for the prime beef burger with raclette cheese, chipotle mayo and beer candied bacon with fries and slaw. He also added a fried egg to his burger. I admit I couldn’t resist a bite and it went down very well.

For dessert we shared the rhubarb on shortbread which was the perfect way to end such a lovely meal.

I’ve visited The Imperial Arms under various ownerships since starting my blog and I do think the new owners have got it right with the food, interior and their very lovely team.

The Imperial Arms, 577 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW6 2EH

We were guests of The Imperial Arms.

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