Years ago, this place was a grotty back street boozer. Then it was The Front Page - an ace pub all round. When The Front Page expired, there was a sagging feeling that someone would come and bugger the whole thing up beyond all recognition (a la Phene Arms). Mercifully, disaster has been averted and the Pig's Ear is even better than the Front Page ever was.
The decor is funky, without trying too hard. High ceilings and tall windows make it an airy place for lunch or dinner or just traditional binge-drinking. The staff are cool, attentive and efficient.
The pub serves its own Pig's Ear ale, which is delicious, and there's usually a guest ale. Sadly they have stopped keeping a large jar of dried pigs' ears behind the bar. These used to be a favourite of visiting dogs, the homeless and students after the grant cheque had run out.
The food is absolutely first class.
All in all, this is a great little pub, full of character and ideal for any sort of meal or just a few beers.
I would love to give this place a 5 star rating but I don't know if it's everyone's cup of tea. My bf and I were wandering the streets of Chelsea and happened upon the Pig's Ear and to my surprise it was perfect for me. The neighborhood feel is great and there were even a few puppies wandering around. Originally we were only stopping for a drink but decided to have the pork board. This was the best decision I made all day!! First of all, I love all things pork and a scotch egg too...YES, PLEASE!!! Everthing on the board was delicious and it actually turned out to be just enough for the two of us without feeling gluttonous. I have already told many people to check this place out and now I'm telling you...TRY IT!!
Looks as though it's going to be great, but be very careful. In both the pub and the restaurant the prices are staggeringly high. The pub bar is very crowded and noisy and has nothing particular to recommend it for anyone other than those looking for a glimpse of celebs. You have to run the gauntlet of smokers on the way in and out.
The restaurant is a disgrace. I dined upstairs at a cramped table with a rickety chair. The food was very expensive but not very hot. The wine prices were absurd. The service was slow and slapdash. If the food had been excellent, or even very good, then all might have been forgiven / overlooked. However, it was poorly prepared and the recipes were too focused on style over taste. There are plenty of decent places in London - go elsewhere.
Similar approach to The Cross Keys, they are actually quite near to one another. However, I think the Pig's Ear is smaller and more laid back gastro-pub. This does not take away from the fact that their food is also phenomenal!
You have two choices here; you can dine in the bar area (less comfortable, but with the crowd) or dine in the restaurant part (downstairs or upstairs) where it is more comfortable and quieter. Personally, I prefer the restaurant. The best way to enjoy a bottle of red pinot noir (£25, I wasn't paying!) is with your best friend in a place were you can chat for (what seems) endless hours , get excellent service throughout and have the best steak tartare you've ever had!
Even when I have been to Paris and tried it in its country of origin it has not been as excellent as the one in The Pig's Ear. Perfect portion, accompanied by shoe string fries with garlic mayo. This time no greediness only full enjoyment of my main course and the wine. Bliss!
I think anything you choose from the menu will be up to standard but in terms of drinks there is a must; have a pint of the Pig's Ear famous traditional ale. Normally, I don't drink ales but there is always an exception to the rule. Slightly bitter and sweet undertones. In short bitter-sweet, like life.
The pigs ear is a great place to go for some tasty grub. The restaurant upsatirs serves good food and the pub downstairs is nice for a beer or two.
It's a while since I visited here, but I remember it being good. I worked close by and regularly came in for drinks. The pub is by far the best in the area and a great place to have a few winter drinks. I've dined here a few times and the food is very good. The chef was the chef at Bluebird (just around the corner) dining rooms (now closed) and has a good reputation.
I'd say this place warrants somewhere between a 3 and a 4. It's 7 out of 10 in my book. The service is friendly and relaxed, the wine list good and food tasty.
I'd recommend trying this place. It's much better VFM than Bluebird and better than most of the restaurants in the immediate area.
* Warning: this place is very Chelsea and hence extremely bourgois. You are unlikely to come across any ethnicity in this pubs and it will be full of silver spooned youngsters and older Oxbridge graduates. Whereas it is a lovely pub - like many in the Fulham area - the clientele puts me off places like this a little*
** I visited last Saturday and had a mixed experience. The chef has changed, but the food was excellent! I had a bavette (French steak) which was tender, succulent and tasty and washed it down with a lovely Bordeaux. However, the service was awful. The Polisg lady that served us was just plain rude. She left us for long periods (whilst serving others), was completely unattentive, never mustered a smile the whole evening (other then flirting with one of the other waiters) and borderedon hostile when talking to us**
A quiet, fun and inconspicuous pub with decent food and a resto upstairs. The Pig's Ear is a pub's pub. It's the kind of place every pub strives to be but somehow doesn't quiet measure up to, requiring that little "Je ne sais quoi" that seems to escape them.
The Pig's Ear is a place that does great pub and great food at the same time, and weather eating downstairs in the bar, with the hustle and bustle that goes with it, or upstairs in the quieter surrounds of the restaurant the food is still to be enjoyed.
I wouldn't necessarily describe the food as amazing, though 9/10 puts it pretty damned close, it is definitely one of the best places to go and eat in this neck of the woods, and not to shake a stick at!
I love this place. Their steak tartare is the best in London, and I love the atmosphere in the first floor restaurant - it's almost like dining at home (without the hassle of cooking, washing up, etc etc ).
Not the cheapest of places, but again, a real treat! You never come out feeling like you've been ripped ott!
Take earplugs on a Friday night (if the sound of braying sloanes hurts your ears)...
Still, LOVE IT!!!!
Found this spot simply by doing a google map search and trusting some online reviews--not disappointed. We dined with a friend and her parents upstairs and we were delighted by comfortable space (gorgeous breezy evening and we sat by a large open window). My husband can comment about the pub's own ale and the steak tartare (i think he enjoyed them). I had the cod entree (well balanced with cream, brown shrimp, onions and asparagus) and a taste of the fois gras starter. Liked that they paired the fois gras with some rhubarb but our toasts got pretty soggy on the way out to us (not clear why as they were set out alone on the plate). Service was overall excellent.
One of my favourite pubs in London, hands down.
The Pig's Ear more than makes up for its lack of outside space (not even on the street - a residential noise ordinance or something to that effect) with a gorgeous and charming interior. It can get tight in there, but if you go early or late and have a bit of patience, you'll be able to grab a seat. Bar snacks are good (they used to actually have fried pigs ears) and the wine selection is varied if you don't fancy a pint.
Best of all, the restaurant is marvelous. There are a few tables downstairs, but reserve in the small dining room upstairs - all windows, mirrors, candles and wood, it's utterly romantic without a hint of isolating stuffiness.
The food - British - has never failed to be exceptional...the menu changes often but you'll always recognize a couple of classics. Oh - and tip-top marks to the bread basket.
Located off King's Road in a great location! The is quite a nice pub to be in with cheap drinks compared to the most drinking places in Sloane Square. Great place for after work drinks if you work in this area. This was my usual friday afternoon hang out place before my office moved. Can't wait to get back there again!
If I were a pub I would be the Pigs Ear....friendly atmosphere, great bar, fab venue for non major birthdays.
The Steak is AMAZING - I have never seen such a large amount delivered on a plate in any pub / restaurant in london - it was lovely to and EXCELLENT value for money.
Also an excellent sunday drinking pub!
The Pig's Ear is one of my favourite pubs for dinner and now pretty much the top place I take friends from out of town. Its also a pretty nice place to read the papers on a Sunday but I think the kitchen has an afternoon break so if you come at the wrong time you can't eat. THAT SAID, I love the food and I have found that if you call ahead for a dinner reservation, even the day of, they will make it happen. The first time I came here for dinner with friends I shared the roast chicken dinner for two and loved it. Roast chicken is one of my favourite things and this came on a big wood block with roasties and caesar salad. My friends and I spent so long at the table they needed to move us to another table for a big group and were so nice about it and gave us all limoncellos. The second time the chicken wasn't on the menu (upstairs or downstairs, TRAGEDY) so instead I had the posh fish and chips which is pan fried (not breaded) with mushy peas and giant chips. Fantastic. My dining companion had the steak but said it was average, so maybe take my recommendations instead! The prices are fine for chelsea and I love the food and ambiance so much I feel like its a deal for a nice night out. Wine runs around £20/bottle and up, but that cheaper end of the range is just fine. One thing to note is that the bar dining area is really lively and fun but the upstairs restaurant can be really quiet on a week night. I don't like eating in a room with maybe one other couple/group, personally, so watch out for that and I guess either ask for downstairs or come early enough to grab a table in the bar area. Menus are slightly different upstairs and downstairs but I think prices were the same. Anyway, top notch, I love it, enjoy!
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