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user reviews of the Pigs Ear, Chelsea

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Characterful and relaxed interior, good range of well kept ales at reasonable prices, pleasant and efficient service and nice food.

In my opinion this is a fantastic pub. Recommended.
strangetorpor - 4 Mar 2014 14:19
Great gastro pub, with a lovely big open fire!
My Roast was amazing!!!! The Staff were friendly and warm, and knew there stuff regarding wine and food.
Thanks to all the team there, will be back when i'm in the area again
barman123 - 12 Feb 2012 13:58
i visited here for the second time for a friends birthday a couple of nights ago.
Must say both times i have had a great experience. The staff are warm, friendly and seem to know their stuff and the food was delish!
DIdn't have to wait too long and although it was really busy, with no free tables (best to book in advance if you want to eat in the restaurant i guess) our food was hot, wine was chilled and we didn't feel like we wer forced to eat and go.
Would defo recommend this to more friends and will be returning very soon to celebrate my husband's birthday.
Thanks a lot Pig's Ear team, see you soon :)
lucy_81 - 10 Jan 2012 15:15
visited last night. won't be going back again. was thinking of booking it for a celebration, glad we visited before doing so. bar is very nice though selection of beers is poor in the extreme - couple of token bitters and the usual rubbish lagers. the service was dreadful. the surly youth of a barman needed to learn some manners. the 2 people who showed us to own table to eat need to learn to a) make their customers feel welcome and b) learn not to throw the menus and wine list into their laps with a haughty air of indifference. we walked out without eating. in short, avoid if you like beer and old fashioned common courtesy.
cornish_alfredo - 9 Sep 2011 09:04
Have visited on a number of occasions now, and am not impressed. Bar staff are generally slow and arrogant, despite clearly knowing very little about the pub trade.

The unsurprisingly named Pig's Ear from the Uley Brewery in Gloucestershire, is sadly nothing more than a rather bland strong bitter that in no way justifies it's hefty price tag. The only other cask option being the uninspiring Deuchars IPA.

My advice is to take a stroll over Battersea Bridge and head directly for the Westbridge instead.
Misk. - 14 Feb 2011 17:48
Lovely pub, great location, nice posh crowd, and one of the best bloody marys I have ever tasted.

It's just a real shame that the bar staff are rude, arrogant wankers - was planning to eat here on Sunday, but the dismissive and off-hand manner of all the bar staff made me begrudge handing over any more wedge to their coffers. Supped up, and we mooched around the corner to the Cross Keys for a full Sunday Roast there instead. If it was a one-off, then it'd be easier to accept - but I've been here 2 - 3 times before, and it's always been a similar atmosphere. Shame, as it ticks all the other boxes.
BatterseaBomber - 22 Nov 2010 10:27
Reported now to be owned by Frank Lampard.
flashharry1965 - 14 Oct 2010 10:17
Pub off the Kings road which is famous because Pink Floyd recorded Arnold Layne in the recording studio accross the road(the house with the head of a cow).

Nothing special beer wise.
hogshead - 21 Feb 2010 11:05
What I never get about alot of the reviews of this place are the quips around the "guffawing", "braying" people in this pub. These types of people that live around here so it is to be expected that they would visit the pubs around here. If you don't like that sort of thing either deal with it or go somewhere else. Now that is off my chest...if you can look beyond this, you have a gem of a pub. Yes, it might have shoddy management, but the atmosphere counters that as does the great French cidre that they have...expensive, but good. It's Chelsea, so it's expensive, but the food is good, it's off the main road & provides a good evening's entertainment if you have a good bunch with you.
Moose82 - 19 Nov 2009 12:06
Well - before going to this place I read the reviews here, which I suppose is a bad thing as it clouds your judgement.

Anyway - what an amazing little pub! It is off the side of the main drag and I think the patrons there are genuine locals who enjoy their pub.

I need to go again to judge the bar staff but they were friendly enough.
Service was quick, pint was cold.

In general a good crowd - thumbs up.

mrloftysson - 23 Oct 2009 16:30
Really nice looking place in a great little corner of Chelsea, but the most appalling, rude and unscrupulous manager possible.

We had a table booked for 18 people in advance for a friend's birthday dinner. Most of us landed on time and started on drinks - bar staff was very friendly. But this cocky self-important chap kept pestering us every 5 minutes wanting to give half our table away. Absolutely rude, arrogant and obnoxious.

To top it all, he insisted on us having to pay a minimum 40£ for a set menu - something that was never mentioned at the time of the booking. In spite of all of us remaining calm and polite, he became aggressive and suggested it was not his problem and if we didnt like it, we could leave. So needless to say, we left, went to a neighbouring pub, had a great dinner and evening and left our suave manager at the Pigs Ear with an empty table for 18 people for the night.

Shame, how one person - especially the person apparently in charge can completely ruin a good pub and a special evening for its customers
debanjan - 3 Oct 2009 12:56
About as far removed from a proper chelsea local as you can get. Frequented by over stuffed faux city wannabe's who guffaw deeply and constantly into their surgically attached blackberrys. The femail of the species are even worse, loud, screechy and keen to mate. The bars dreary and the staff so, so indifferent. Apparantly the food isn't bad, all be it expensive for pub fare. If only you could put up with noise, come 10pm its a fusion of Henley Regatta and Ayia Napa. Avoid!
RighteousRabbit - 13 Jun 2009 21:58
I usually visit this bar while walking home to Battersea from shopping on the Kings Road and enjoy it. Last Sunday however the staff were really awful! The only guy on duty was off his face with cocaine, no use to anyone and eventually sloped off around 6.00 p.m. This left two young women, one of whom continually bullied and harassed the girl who was collecting glasses. It created an awful atmosphere and several punters left without being served.
ARSENE - 25 Apr 2008 15:35
ojd - if it's "OK, if you like that sort of thing." Why bother commenting. I'm sure if you have a significant other he/she may be thinking the same about you.
CaptainFunsocks - 14 Sep 2007 14:34
I would rather drink with "the worst type of braying City types" than a load of hoodies with knives!

Still adore this pub.
Sweeps - 1 Aug 2007 14:36
i am a city type, for the record!

its just constructive criticism. if you can't stomach it, try the snob food!
ojd - 7 Jun 2007 13:04
I have enjoyed this website and the comments that people write, whether its my opinion or not.
First off I have always found the bar staff pleasant and happy. There are a few good ales and the usual lagers.
During the day whenever i have popped in, its been a nice place to enjoy a pint.
However on the occassions that I have been there in the evenings, its becomes a magnet for some really socially challenged people, the sort of people you could imagine hanging out/friends with that blonde horse faced bird on the apprentice and the ex army guy who wanted to cook sausages with a baked bean tin. Peoples whose self importance is just something to behold.
In most places people move to let you past when you are trying to get through a gap, its just common sense and politeness, but most people here just dont want to move until they are actually asked.
What amused me yesterday was that i went out to make a call and there was this guy on the phone saying how rude the people were in the pub and that he couldnt wait to get away.
I think for me, its the fact i dont encounter such rude people in other places that i go. But also that peoples attitude is so pronounced here.
This is certainly not a rant against anyone who works in any profession, but just an observation of the rude way that an element at this pub behave on a regular basis.
The answer is to drink somewhere else in the evening which i do !

drinker12 - 13 May 2007 11:04
ojd go back to Wetherspoons; you are not welcome here.

jez77 - 24 Apr 2007 14:33

Why is "the worst type of braying City types" in any way worse than any other noisy group in a pub. I would think it is much to be preferred over a hen night, for example.

I hate the anti-city ranting on BITE. It makes me want to kick them in the nuts with a 150 quid shoe and then beat them to death with my wallet.

Fortunately, with my bowler hat and tightly-rolled umbrella I will be more than a match for any retaliation.
cityboozer - 24 Apr 2007 14:31
This used to be a decent pub when it was called the Front Page. It is now quite a horrific place, full of the worst type of braying City types eating expensive pub grub. Ok if you like that sort of thing.
ojd - 21 Mar 2007 17:02
This place tries to be a restaurant and a pub and happily succeeds at both tasks. OK, the pub itself is very nice. It is presented as a Parisian bar: steel surface bar,eclectic tables, post modern art (Parisian bars are'nt like this really.). It does take itself seriously but then again it is in Chelsea's top 5 pubs. The beer is nothing exceptional and the clientele are annoyingly of the hoo rah Henry variety. However after a slight nudge they respect your personal space. The food is good and inexpensive, about £30 per head. The feeling you get in this place is of quiet satisfaction:-just a couple of you, or a crowd, you'll have a good time. In addition, it's just off the river and this is the loveliest part of London to stroll in the evening.
Cossack - 20 Mar 2007 02:02
Pub has a nice interior. Interesting bunch of customers. Wines are good. Apart from the guinness which was good, the rest of the beers varied from poor to very poor. The food is excellent including Fried Pigs Ears to steak tartar which was yummy although over-salted.
seasiderMM - 10 Feb 2007 08:01
I think this is one of the most beautiful pubs in London.
Sweeps - 9 Feb 2007 13:40
I like the old London pub.
tintin2000 - 30 Dec 2006 14:24
Dropped in on a Wednesday night for a quiet drink and late dinner after going to Chelsea Cinema. The place was packed with braying former Sloanes in their late thirties. A very rude la-di-da woman in her thirties glared at me and then viciously shoved me in the back after my bag accidentally brushed against her in the crush. We were given a little table by the fender in the downstairs eating area, because the restaurant was packed. Food was good but extremely expensive. A plate with seven tiny round slices of salami, a few olives and pickles, and a spoonful of chutney cost 9 pounds.... then my main course partridge at 16 quid was one of the cheapest things on the menu - most main courses were closer to twenty.
fireblonde - 27 Oct 2006 01:43
Dropped in mid week for lunch on one of my days off. Good friendly service and tasty ale (The Pig's Ear). I can imagine it would be packed with yuppies in the evenings. The foods good if youíre willing to pay the price for it. Itís a proper gastro pub and you wonít find a £5 curry & pint deal here.
pezza132 - 24 Oct 2006 15:49
One visit and was impressed! Overpriced but really nice wine. I noticed in one of those Royal telly progs that William and Kate have drunk there, I can see why! Not exactly a magnet for your south london Wetherspooner, it's a bit upmarket. But felt welcomed and not out of place, very nice, though was packed when we went there.
kiwimaj - 26 Sep 2006 12:49
I visited on a Sunday and all the tables seemed to be booked by diners. As a country cousin I was a bit shocked by the beer prices. The beer was, however, excellent, as was the decor. Amazingly only one person in the pub smoked (a cigar) in the whole time I was there, a fact of which I wholeheartedly approve, anti-tobacco Nazi that I am.
The menu looked good but pretentiousness seemed to have crept into its wording a bit. I had to look up three of the words on the menu on the internet, which I've never had to do in my life before.

twm_sion_cati - 21 Jul 2006 15:18
Several pints of splendid, if expensive, Deuchars IPA lubricated a great afternoon and evening last Sunday. Light and airy place got progressively busier as the evening progressed, quite a mixed crowd of age and nationality in a Chelsea sort of way. High quality snacks (Burt's crisps, mixed nuts, olives) have a high price tag. Gastropub food looked really good but again requires a healthily filled wallet. Service was fine. Definitely worth a punt if you're in the King's Road area (who needs Henry J Bean and all that?) and are not on a budget
keith69 - 3 May 2006 00:00
A very nice pub. Beautiful refurb from The Front Page. Staff very friendly and efficient. Good beers and wines. Food in the bar is excellent. Thankfully the big screen only comes out for big events and is swung away otherwise. Selection of papers to read if you just fancy a quiet pint. Can get quite busy but not objectionable in my experience.
rockit99 - 9 Feb 2006 22:47
The Pig's Ear from Uley is superb, and they do a pretty good Breton cider (by the glass or bottle).
ash - 16 Nov 2005 11:31
Lovely little pub, tucked away from the crowds on the Kings Rd.
Always found the service to be fine and the beer of a good standard.
TheClaw - 27 Jul 2005 12:49
Fantastic pub, staff extremely friendly, good wine list and superb food. Visited a number of times, the bar snacks are delicious and the upstairs restautant with its original menu is probably the best place around for a good dinner, book early to avoid dissapointment though.
James99 - 4 Apr 2005 15:54
Two real ales, including a beer named after the pub. I found it a very comfortable pub to sit in for an hour in the early evening.
clissold345 - 17 Mar 2005 23:45
About time Chelsea had a decent pub, as all the others have disappeared or are not even worth it.
Cool decor, great pictures on the wall, great atmosphere and none of that Chelsea attitude.
Can't imagine how you can think a steak is pretentious ?! My only complaint is that I struggle to get a table...good for them...but not for me...they must be doing something right !
See for yourself......
Tommy59 - 22 Jan 2005 12:33
Having appeared to spend a fortune on the refurbishment/decor, the furniture is uncomfortable and resembles a classroom/students union! The staff are incredibly slow and can be rude - it is not as they are even busy. I saw a member of bar staff testing a cocktail with a straw and then serving the drink that same 'sucked-on' straw. The menu is pretentious and tries too hard. All-in-all not my favourite, as you may be able to tell - the old Front Page needed a rethink but I can't see this new incarnation lasting long!
hugodscott - 12 Jan 2005 10:38
This pub is great, We had a lovely night. The food is OK the beer is brilliant the atmosphere is superb.
Chris - 18 Nov 2004 10:51
Under new regime and seems to really work. Nice food, decor, food and vibes.
Giles - 27 Oct 2004 16:49
Bring back the Front Page.
This incarnation resembles a theme
bar in an airport executive lounge.
The beer prices are sky high & not worth paying to sit in soulless conditions.

KEVIN - 15 Sep 2004 21:15
This used to be the Front Page. I'm afraid to say it is another pub in Chelsea which has been ruined!. They have painted over beautiful wood panelling with a boring grey (left over from the Phene Arms?) There are pipe lights in the fireplace now! My pint (three-quarters of a pint when served first time) was acceptable. The menu reads well if expensive. I did not eat here but I did see a couple send back their meals nearly untouched.
All in all a great disappointment.
Steve - 5 Jul 2004 10:24
Currently closed for refurbishment.
Jonathan - 27 Feb 2004 14:01
Used to be really good, a couple of years back, now, really mediocre, particularly staff.
anonymous - 15 Aug 2003 11:41
a place you can go if you don't want to be seen by anyone normal!

fab though!!

a good chill out zone!
kiki - 26 Jun 2003 20:25
Lovely local pub off the Kings Road (church street)
Quite smart, with Vid screens, gets busy when there's a rugger match on.
Marcus - 21 May 2002 14:41

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