Goat Kicks off its Boots | Chelsea

16th April 2013
Laura Burnside
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Goat, a new exciting addition to the Chelsea scene, has conquered our food-loving and design-discerning hearts. This re-launch of old pub The Goat in Boots offers an entirely different concept with an industrial meets antique look and delightful New York Italian-style food.

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The old-fashioned three-storey building has been successfully converted into an informal restaurant, private dining area, elegant cocktail bar and comfortable all-day lounge. What’s more, there’s a large outdoor terrace for those sunny summer days.

Owner Steve Manktelow, former operations manager of Boujis, Cocoon and Bumpkin, along with his wife Katie and partner Tim Cunliffe, have truly managed to bring this long-standing institution up to par.

Steve talked to us about this metamorphosis, explaining how exciting it was to re-design the venue, focusing on everything from tasteful wallpaper to unusual pieces – the DJ booth, for instance, is set in a church pulpit. When stripping the walls they uncovered old frescoes on the façade, a wonderful window alcove on the first floor, as well as various original features throughout, giving the place a true vintage feel. A stunning combination of wood and metal makes the restaurant contemporary yet cosy, while the upstairs lounge offers old-fashioned sophistication and understated opulence.

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Steve also led us to his hidden cocktail lounge, reminiscent of old members’ clubs and accessible only through a secret pin-code-protected door. Offering a somewhat clandestine feel, the room allows a select number of people to sip on original concoctions in a cosy, candle-lit atmosphere. Every detail has been overseen by Steve, from the imposing wooden book-cabinet filled with different cocktail shakers, to liqueurs served in quirky vintage medicine bottles. One of the murals is a copy of a painting by George Morland (1763-1804), who is said to have once paid for his bar-tab by designing the exterior sign for the pub.

Steve and Tim, both serious drinks-aficionados, have devised a drinks menu with an extensive list of vodkas and whiskeys, as well as creative takes on classic cocktails, such as the Spanish Harlem – a subtle mix of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, PX Sherry, lemon, egg white and plum bitters.

The menu, somewhat inspired by Notting Hill’s Pizza East, offers an interesting selection of dishes, including appealing pizzas made in the open kitchen’s woodfire-oven. As a starter, the red tuna tartare with its delicious citrus dressing is truly worth trying. Regarding the mains, the grilled fillet steak is delicious, and perfect accompanied by creamed spinach. The desserts are outstanding – and difficult to select – with a scrumptious Lemon and Meringue Pie and a very special Salt Caramel and Chocolate Foam creation.

Telephone number: 020 7352 1384
Website: www.goatchelsea.com

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