The Bluebird café and courtyard, situated on Chelsea’s Kings Road, is the ultimate location to while away an afternoon. Having spent the morning exploring the controversy of postmodernism at the V&A’s current exhibition, we headed there to discuss the style and subversion of 1970-1990 in refined surroundings. Admittedly, being closet fans of E4’s reality soap, Made in Chelsea, we also knew that this was the place to be and be seen.
The courtyard is ideal for crisp autumn days. Exclusively hidden from passersby by a neat box hedge, it has tables scattered across a stretch of artificial grass and heaters stretching up to a canopy. As waiters flittered between tables with trays of sparkling drinks and irresistible cuisine, this was the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by.
…advanced reservations and complimentary drinks…
The popularity of this destination meant that on arrival we found ourselves at the back of a queue. We did not have to wait long but we were slightly niggled by the fact that the occasional group seemed to be prioritised before us. We later found out that The Bluebird offers an exclusive membership which includes advanced reservations and complimentary drinks. Something we certainly wished we had had!
The café serves food from 9am until 10-pm. The menu is not extensive but includes reasonably priced, ultimate favourites such as the classic English Breakfast, Fish and Chips and Bangers and Mash. The menu takes a more chic approach with Severn and Wye Smoked Salmon, Eggs Benedict and Venison and Game Cottage Pie. What’s more, if you’re in the mood for a cigar, there is an entire menu to satisfy your desires.
…a shameful amount of excitement and twitter activity…
Having sampled some of The Bluebird’s delicacies, worked our way through the wine list and bemoaned the fact that we were not part of the Chelsea elite, we finally managed to pry ourselves away. On departing, we caught a glimpse of two of the Made in Chelsea cast, Rosie Fortescue and Louise Thompson. This, admittedly, caused a shameful amount of excitement and twitter activity and it became increasingly difficult to convincingly explain that we hadn’t chosen to frequent The Bluebird merely in the hope of spotting reality television stars!
As well as the courtyard and café, The Bluebird offers a food store and wine cellar, a bakery, a stylish bar which organises complimentary entry into local nightclubs and a restaurant run by head chef Mark Block, who inventively puts a glamorous spin on traditional dishes.
The Bluebird also holds regular events, recently including wine tasting and speed dating evenings. This December they will be hosting a Christmas Wonderland in the courtyard which will include mince pies, mulled wine, carols… and hopefully a selection of the young, wealthy and aesthetically pleasing!
Image courtesy of The Bluebird Café