New call to ‘Arms’ – Imperial Arms
A local icon and one of the last remaining original Victorian pub buildings in Chelsea has reopened as a community pub and events space, welcoming locals with tasty food, delicious drinks and a warm atmosphere. The new owners of the pub, which has been a social meeting place on the King’s Road for nearly 150 years, has given the pub its ‘Arms’ back again by renaming it The Imperial Arms.
Constructed in 1870, the stunning building has been given an extensive makeover which blends the great character of this traditional pub with a sleek modern style that reflects the best of British design.
Main contractors for the refurbishment project were Baytree Interiors; designers were 44th Hill.
The pub, located in the heart of the vibrant Chelsea Design Quarter, is open throughout the day offering a place for customers to enjoy a drink, delicious snack or meal crafted by its talented team of chefs.
Jonathan Taylor, group operations director for Epic Pubs who have taken on The Imperial Arms said: “We wanted to bring a pub back to the Fulham end of the King’s Road and re-establish The Imperial Arms at the heart of the local community. We have created a place where people can eat, drink, work or play together.” He adds: “The pub offers a real home from home environment where people can meet up to enjoy a drink, a quick bite to eat or a fantastic three-course meal, celebrate a special occasion or take part in our weekly pub quiz.”
The pub also offers a bright and airy upstairs party and meeting room with its own private bar and great views over the bustling King’s Road. The versatile space is ideal for hosting a wide range of events, including special occasion parties, business meetings, weddings and photo shoots. The space has a capacity for 50 seated or 100 standing and features a private bar, TV and a private sound system.
In addition to the impressive dining and bar areas, for those who enjoy eating or drinking al fresco, The Imperial Arms also features a beautiful courtyard ‘Secret Garden’ which offers a wonderful escape from city life, whatever the weather. The courtyard has a capacity of 50 seated and 60 standing. Part of the restaurant is also available to accommodate an additional 30 to 40 guests.
Dining at The Imperial Arms is informal with meals enjoyed in a relaxed environment. The menu offers handcrafted dishes which celebrate the very best of British seasonal produce. The pub’s talented team of chefs is headed up by James Barlow whose experience includes London’s Soho House and Fig & Olive restaurant in New York. Exciting sample dishes from the main menu include small plates of crab and crayfish samosa; wasabi steak tartare and gherkin polenta fries with chipotle mayo.
Mouthwatering mains feature slow cooked pork belly, fondant potatoes, Romanesco and sweet and sour jus; stone bass supreme and salad of heritage beetroot.
Those looking for comforting pub classics are also in for a treat with dishes including beer battered cod and chips, mushy peas and Imperial tartare sauce; prime Hereford beef burgers and steaks and The Imperial Arms’ shepherd’s pie.
For those wanting a quick bite there are toasted sandwiches, which include dry-aged rump steak; roast chicken with harissa mascarpone and rocket and grilled vegetables with beetroot hummus. Desserts are definitely worth saving space for and include poached English rhubarb, cream, shortbread and pistachio; Braeburn apple tart and vanilla ice cream and Belgian chocolate brownie, chocolate sauce and raspberry ripple ice cream. For those just wanting a hot drink, an excellent selection is on offer including amaretto lattes or Unicorn hot chocolate.