There are more than a few Quarters scattered over London these days, but over in Chelsea it’s down the King’s Road that locals find theirs. The Chelsea Quarter Cafe, on the corner with Glebe Place, is a modern, more than welcoming, community-centred cafe concept from the people that brought SW London The Battersea Quarter, open from early until the mid-evening seven days a week for coffee, cakes, salads and sandwiches, fresh pasta and English favourites. Busy morning, noon and night, book a table to ensure some space if you’re eating in.
It has closed down, yet you can still book a table via their website and this website. I was left scrabbling around needing another table for a meeting with clients coming in to town from Paris.
Visited with a friend for lunch. Friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere, felt miles away from the busy Kings Road traffic. Ordered from the mains menu, great food and well prepared. Would definitely recommend.
The Chelsea Quarter Cafe is an all day menu kind of place, but this isn’t meant to suggest that the food is lackadaisical. Far from it. As a part of London’s Quarter group of cafes and restaurants, this King’s Road community fixture is overseen by the husband-and-wife team of Doron and Valeria Zilkha, two passionate foodies and industry veterans that work closely with local suppliers and chefs to create luscious menus at all sorts of scales. Even the beverages are carefully handpicked – mineral water from Kingsdown in the North Downs’ Chalk Hills, tea from Teapigs, coffee from Grumpy Mule, and house-made organic matcha.
If tea is what you’re after, head on down to The Chelsea Quarter’s enviable southwest London location for an afternoon tea fit for royalty - sourdough sandwiches, homemade cakes, tarts and scones, clotted cream and jam, potted tea and (if you’re in for the longer haul) a glass of Champagne. From these far from humble beginnings, The Chelsea Quarter Cafe’s menu blossoms into a riot of anytime breakfasts featuring fresh, free-range, corn-fed eggs, artisan sandwiches, oven-baked buns, soul food soup of the day, celebration cakes made to order, tortilla wraps, salads and platters to share, and light main meals.