Reviewed by Emma Rogers
Don’t be put off by the name… Goat used to be a tavern and pub which has occupied the site for over 300 years. This latest incarnation is the up-to-date version of your local restaurant, pub, bar and cafe in one. A hypermarket for your social life and all within walking distance (or a convenient bus route) of the best that west London has to offer.
On first impressions, The Goat looks like any other pizza restaurant, complete with authentic pizza stone baked ovens. This was by far one of the best pizzas I’d ever tasted, and it wasn’t anything to do with the ovens! The menu is understated, catering for snacks and meals for the whole family but still great food.
Looking around the restaurant, the quirky layout of mezzanine levels make it homely. We counted no less than seven different areas within the venue – it’s like you could dine in a different restaurant every day of the week, and that’s a challenge I’m willing to test! Downstairs the basement level can cater for parties of up to 30, but The Crypt, a cosy sub-basement room with an 8-seater booth and tables is the quieter corner where you can sit and talk late into the night.
Upstairs again and the atrium leads up a winding staircase to the Chelsea Prayer Room. A modern day speakeasy, it has the feeling of a gentleman’s club but bang up to date with the cocktail servers concocting literally anything you ask for. The low ceilings create another snug area, completely apart from anywhere else in the building, and the antique cocktail paraphernalia and books on display will keep you entertained into the wee small hours.
On the top floor, the bar feels more like a club, with booths, a DJ pit and architectural features that remind you this building has had a life long before any of us can remember. Friday’s and Saturdays the DJ keeps the 130 or so guests going, but you can’t miss the eclectic mix of spirits and fruit mixers on offer behind the bar.
The staff are the secret ingredients to this cocktail of Chelsea with each of the waitresses, bar staff and management being uber friendly and confident with their offering. You’ll meet a mix of London folks here too – budding entrepreneurs, city types and local families pepper the different areas making it easy to socialise even if you know no one.
The party doesn’t stop there though as all ages are catered for. A children’s entertainer on Sunday’s keeps the family theme going, and for the grown-ups, there’s Al fresco dining, movie nights and the fabulous cocktail masterclass every other Wednesday. If you’re new to London, this is a great place to get started.
Goat Chelsea is one of the places you’ll be glad you found when in years to come, it will be known as one of London’s best kept secrets. I’ve no doubt that this is one of London’s memory making venues, and I for one, will be back.
For more information, to views menus or to make a booking visit www.goatchelsea.com.
Goat Chelsea. 333 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QL | 020 7352 1384