Sitting outside The Colbert watching the beautiful people of Chelsea strutting their stuff around Sloane Square, you could almost imagine you were sitting on a Parisian boulevard. That is, until the number 22 bus goes past! But who needs to be in Paris anyway when you can get great French food right here in South West London.
Don’t expect fine dining because that’s not what The Colbert is trying to be. They refer to themselves as an “all day cafe” (think upmarket Cafe Rouge). The food is well presented with some classics such as Onion Soup and Croque Monsieur or Oysters and Steak Tartare for the more indulgent. There is also a great selection of French wine and, of course, champagne to wash it all down with.
“True to the spirit of traditional French cafes, The Colbert is the perfect spot to while away the hours over drinks, snacks or a full meal.”
There are a few bistro tables outside on the pavement which are a great spot for people watching but if you prefer a quieter spot then head inside where you will find a yourself in 1930’s Paris. The restaurant is large with over 200 seats, split between the bar area and restaurant pus another bar and more tables downstairs. The decor is much as you’d expect with plenty of dark wood panelling, red leather banquettes and French cinema posters.
The Colbert is a great place to enjoy breakfast or lunch before indulging in some retail therapy on the Kings Road and just like the French cafes they are inspired by, they are extremely welcoming of all pooches. The Colbert’s location right next to Sloane Square tube station does mean it gets very busy at peak times so booking is advised but they do keep a few tables aside each day for walk-ins.
Here’s what Archie and Freddie have to say about The Colbert:
It was a great start to our visit to The Colbert when all staff greeted us on the way in. One of the lovely ladies who greets the customers at the door brought us a biscuit to enjoy while we waited for the humans to finish their drinks at the bar.
The restaurant was busy but it is quite spacious so we didn’t feel squashed under the table and we are allowed in all areas. We were brought water and continued to get attention from the staff while the humans ate. We noticed a little doggie on another table was sat on a chair next to his human while she shared her steak with him!
We think there will be times when The Colbert could be a bit too busy and noisy for us but otherwise we are more than happy to accompany our humans to the restaurant. Just share that steak next time!