Review: bottomless brunch at Kings House, Chelsea – London

The Kings House Chelsea
Tim Firmager
Follow me

What do you do when you reach the Fulham end of the Kings Road? Some may say head back to the other end. The recently launched Kings House is a potential allure. It has begun a bottomless brunch service as part of its weekend offering. We at Vada went to try out the pancakes and bottomless drinks.

Kings House

The recently launched King’s House is a pub and garden, on the site of what was previously The Jam Tree. Revamped, King’s House offers laid-back dining, al fresco socialising, in a revitalised garden space. Having arrived on a Sunday, the venue was pretty quiet, but this gave us our choice of seats in the garden space. This has significantly improved, with different seating options, pergolas, and loads of plants bedding in well. Come summer, this will be flourishing pub garden.

What we did notice capacity for entertainment – nothing was organised on the Sunday we visited. Being at the tail end of the gravitational pull of the Kings Road, King’s House is well situated to create it’s own centre of gravity. There are DJ brunch monthly events, but these could be increased (or have some drag brunch) to draw in even more to the bountiful garden space.

Bottomless brunch

This new King’s House hangout has ushered in a new bottomless brunch offering. The menu is focussed around 5 buttermilk pancake options (sweet and savoury options ranging from £12 to £14 individually), with full English breakfast, full vegan breakfast, and avocado on toast as alternatives. Guests can select any dish and add on a bottomless element, with free-flowing drinks for 90 minutes. Either:

  • Aperol or Campari Spritz (£45) – decide between yourselves which is better; or
  • Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne (£65)
RELATED ARTICLE  Restaurant review: The Baptist Bar and Grill at L’Oscar - Holborn, London

We opted for the Chicken and Pancakes (with buttermilk fried chicken thighs, streaky bacon, Burford Brown fried egg, parmesan cheese, Bourbon & maple Frank’s sauce) (£14), and then American pancakes (with streaky bacon, Cumberland sausage, hash brown, Burford Brown egg and maple syrup) (£14). The food hit the mark exactly, soaking up some the previous night’s alcohol, and warm soft pancakes contrasting so well with the crispy chicken and bacon. This was unpretentious food heaven.

And topped up both dishes to a bottomless option (an Aperol Spritz and a Campari Spritz option). As we were sat in the garden, these arrived in large carafes so that the staff didn’t have to keep coming back and forth. They were the equivalent of 4-5 glasses each, so this didn’t limit the ‘value’ of the bottomless element.

Our only observation was that a ‘normal’ food menu was served at the same time. Our suggestion is that the pub focus purely on brunch for several hours, curating this to a more regular experience, as we mentioned above.

Overall thoughts

Did the brunch menu hit the spot? Yes. It was simple, un-pretentious and indulgent. Exactly what one expects from brunch. The bottomless options offer good value (assuming 4 drinks consumed in the 90 minutes) compared to equivalent prices for the same number of drinks individually purchased.

The garden is an ideal place to relax, and definitely a completely calm contrast to the busy streets of Chelsea on the weekend. We did feel the venue was lacking atmosphere though, which could be brought alive through more frequent weekend events. Would we go back? Yes.

RELATED ARTICLE  Restaurant review: Kahani - Chelsea, London

King’s House is located at: 541 King’s Road, London, SW6 2EB.

For more information, or to book, visit kingshousechelsea.co.uk.

About Tim Firmager

Tim divides his time being a Digital Consultant in The City and as a food and travel writer across the globe. When he's not working as one of the Lifestyle Editors here at Vada, he's planning his next trip, or on the lookout for the latest food crazes or unusual foods in London's markets.