Historical version 9 of Chimes, SW1V 2LP
- (020) 7821 7456
- 26 Churton Street (map of this place)
- SW1V 2LP
Chimes is is a small and pleasant restaurant, tucked away on a side street in Pimlico, and an excellent place to come for real cider, sold by the half-pint glass or 2-pint jug. They do a very good mead as well (£2/small glass), and three or four fruit wines. It's essentially a restaurant with a bar area, but you can come here and just drink and not eat.
Kake went there with Alan:
The food is "traditional English". One starter that I do want to try at some point is the black pudding topped with Stilton sauce. Alan had the spinach and cheese loaf, which wasn't bad. He liked it a lot. I had the "Partan Pie" for my starter — crabmeat, breadcrumbs and some other stuff baked in a ramekin and served with bread. It was... interesting. There seemed to be some fake crabmeat in there as well as the real thing. It's a Scottish dish, not English, but oh well. Another time I had the Gazpacho off the "supper menu" — it was good. As good as my home-made one.
The main courses are mostly (pretty decent) pies, including a vegetarian one with a nice, rich, tomato sauce, various vegetables such as carrots, broccoli and aubergine, and hazelnuts. A little bit too much sauce for my taste, but not bad. The pies all come with a selection of vegetables, and cost from around £6–7 on average.
The dessert menu includes chocolate and brandy mousse, which we tried and decided didn't have enough chocolate in it. That was priced somewhere between £3 and £4.
In all, our bill for two people each having a starter and a pie, and sharing a dessert, was £60 — but half of that was for drinks. We did drink quite a lot.
Earle went there with DrHyde, who had the roast lamb (about £10), and described it as "one step shy of orgasmic". Earle had the shepherd's pie (about £6), which he described as being "quite splendid". His side order of new potatoes was pretty pricy, though, at £1.50 for about four!
The black pudding and stilton is fairly enjoyable, its a bit rich and I wish they'd add just one other flavour to the dish to cut through the richness, lightly fried onions perhaps. Anyway this is a great place however the description of some of the wines as 'fruit wines', is not as good as describing them as English Country Wines, which they really are, and this term will hopefully give the reader more of a feel for the selection -- Greg
[All prices as of October 2002.]