Dine Like A Royal At Chucs Westbourne Grove
WHAT? There’s something delightful about dinner in an old-fashioned eatery. In a city awash with endless foodie fads and gimmicks, timeless decor and reliably lovely service feel familiar and comforting. Forget queues snaking around the block for a snap of the latest vegan burger and settle in for a thoroughly pleasant evening at an old favourite, like Chucs, Westbourne Grove.
WHERE? Venturing to deep West London is always a treat for us dwellers of the frenetic East – a sense of calm enveloping us as we stepped off the tube. A gorgeous walk past pastel houses and pretty shop facades soon brings you to Chucs, rumoured to be a favourite spot of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The sister concept of the 1950s-inspired swimwear brand founded by Charles Finch, the original Chucs on Mayfair’s Dover Street was referred to by A.A. Gill as “a fantasy made real in miniature”. The Westbourne Grove version delivers yacht-like smoothness, opulent banquettes making for cosy group dinners and a sun-dappled terrace beckoning you outside for hazy summer evenings by the fireplace.
We kept it simple with a Chucs cobb salad to begin with – diced chicken, tomato, lettuce, avocado, bacon and boiled egg winning out over lentil soup, tuna tartare and beef carpaccio.
Next up, pomodoro tomato spaghetti for our vegan diner, plus chicken paillard with rocket and tomatoes served up alongside delicate zucchini fritti. Flavours were light, ingredients fresh – perfect for stuffy summer nights.
ANYTHING ELSE? Dessert became a highlight once vegan raspberry cheesecake with salted pistachio was spotted – soft creaminess offset with zingy berries. Elsewhere on the menu, you’ll find affogato, tiramisu and gelato.
Curled up in a cosy corner as the sun went down, we couldn’t help but wish we were locals, as occupants of the surrounding tables clearly were. Formal but not haughty, simple but not boring, we’d recommend this luxurious dinner spot if you find yourself in the area.
ADDRESS: 226 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2RH