Unique Hospitality Management have reopened one of the last remaining original Victorian pub buildings in Chelsea as a community pub and events space welcoming locals with tasty food, delicious drinks and a warm atmosphere. The pub, which has been a social meeting place on the King’s Road for nearly 150 years, has been given its ‘Arms’ back again by renaming it The Imperial Arms.
The stunning building has been given an extensive makeover which blends the great character of this traditional pub with a sleek modern style that reflects the best of British design. The pub, located in the heart of the vibrant Chelsea Design Quarter, will be open throughout the day offering a place for customers to enjoy a drink, delicious snack or meal crafted by its talented team of chefs.
Warm welcome awaits
Familiar Chelsea face Craig Delamare, who has over 15 years’ experience managing quality London restaurants and pubs, will be giving customers a warm welcome to The Imperial Arms as the pub’s general manager. Craig says: “We wanted to bring a pub back to the Fulham end of the King’s Road and re-establish The Imperial Arms at the heart of the local community. We have created a place where people can eat, drink, work or play together.” He adds: “The pub will offer a real home from home environment where people can meet up to enjoy a drink, a quick bite to eat or a fantastic three-course meal, celebrate a special occasion or take part in our weekly pub quiz.”
Private spaces for all occasions
The pub also offers a bright and airy upstairs party and meeting room with its own private bar and great views over the bustling King’s Road. The versatile space is ideal for hosting a wide range of events including special occasion parties, business meetings, weddings and photo shoots.
In addition to the impressive dining and bar areas, for those who enjoy eating or drinking al fresco, The Imperial Arms also features a beautiful courtyard ‘Secret Garden’ which offers a wonderful escape from city life, whatever the weather.
Dining at The Imperial Arms is informal with meals enjoyed in a relaxed environment. The menu offers handcrafted dishes which celebrate the very best of British seasonal produce.
The pub’s talented team of chefs is headed up by James Barlow whose experience includes London’s Soho House and Fig & Olive restaurant in New York.
The pub will serve breakfast baps available Monday to Friday and a delicious brunch menu at weekends with options including eggs Florentine; marinated salmon and ricotta, poached eggs and grilled sourdough and The Full Monty. Exciting sample dishes from the main menu include small plates of crab and crayfish samosa; wasabi steak tartare and gherkin polenta fries with chipotle mayo. Mouthwatering mains feature slow cooked pork belly, fondant potatoes, Romanesco and sweet and sour jus; stone bass supreme and salad of heritage beetroot.
Those looking for comforting pub classics are also in for a treat with dishes including beer battered cod and chips, mushy peas and Imperial tartare sauce; prime Hereford beef burgers and steaks and The Imperial Arms’ shepherd’s pie. For those wanting a quick bite there are toasted sandwiches, served from 12 noon to 6pm, which include dry-aged rump steak; roast chicken with harissa mascarpone and rocket and grilled vegetables with beetroot hummus.
Hitting the sweet spot
Desserts are definitely worth saving space for and include poached English rhubarb, cream, shortbread and pistachio; Braeburn apple tart and vanilla ice cream and Belgian chocolate brownie, chocolate sauce and raspberry ripple ice cream. For those just wanting a hot drink an excellent selection is on offer including amaretto lattes or Unicorn hot chocolate.
Always something to wet your whistle
The Imperial Arms’ bar offers something for everyone – from beer and wine drinkers, those crazy for cocktails and spirits, including gin and rum, to guests looking for exciting alcohol-free drinks.
In addition to the seasonally changing cocktail list which features the Epic Negroni, Amaretto Fizz, Lemon Meringue and Mo-Gin-To, there is also a weekly changing ‘Cocktail of the Week. Refreshing spritzers include the Aperol Spritz and English Spritz featuring Tanqueray No Ten, elderflower, lime, rosemary and tonic. Delicious non-alcoholic cocktails offer the ‘Soft Lady’ crafted with cucumber, salt, cranberry, lime and sugar and the ‘Stormy Monday’ created with ginger beer, lime and bitters.
Bottomless roast trimmings
For those that want a day of rest from the kitchen, the weekly changing Sunday menu, served from 12 noon to 6pm would be a sin for locals not to try. A children’s roast of the day is also available.
For those feeling extra hungry free top-ups of roast trimmings are on offer and delicious roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings are also available on the bar for drinkers to enjoy with a pint.
Sticky little fingers are also guaranteed a warm welcome at The Imperial Arms with exciting and interactive dishes on the childrens’ menu including mini filo fish pie, garden peas and lemon; turkey meatballs and pasta with secret tomato sauce and cheese to sprinkle and build your own pizza wrap. Desserts include strawberry and banana milkshake lolly with chocolate sauce and coconut for dipping and warm apple crumble and custard to pour.
Manager Craig adds: “We hope locals will welcome the pub back with open arms and we can’t wait for them to experience The Imperial Arms great new look and food and drink for themselves.”