King’s Road in Chelsea might not be the first port of call for those looking for market-fresh, seasonal food in London, but that would only be because they’ve yet to visit The World’s End Market. As its name suggests, the bistro is located in the historic World’s End area, but the farm-fresh, as-local-as-possible menu and the market-style displays of fish and meat might well make diners feel they’re in a much more rural setting.
Begin upstairs in the fabulously old-school Old Fashioned Bar where the charming bartenders will shake up your choice from the internationally inspired cocktail menu. Hot and busy summer days call for a reviving Earth Apple cocktail, a mix of camomile, vodka, Sauvignon Blanc, raspberries and bitters. Downstairs in the restaurant, starters such as goat’s cheese croquettes with pickled beetroot and honey truffle dressing, and deep-fried monkfish cheeks with tartare sauce are well thought out and skilfully balanced.
Farm-to-table mains include Hampshire rainbow trout and flavourful lamb chops from Devon as well as the crowd-pleasing burgers made from Guildford beef. Choices include the tantalising hot burger, topped with caramelised onion, shallots and hot chilli paste, and the truffle burger with mixed Portobello and shitake mushrooms as well as halloumi cheese, all served in a golden brioche bun and accompanied by perfectly cooked fries.
The World’s End Market, 459 King’s Road, London SW10 0LR