The RHS Chelsea Flower Show returns next week and London’s top restaurants are going all out with floral inspired set menus, cocktails and installations making their way to the city.
From The Ivy Chelsea Garden’s wild woodland exteriors to Wild by Tart’s delicious strawberry and elderflower tart, these are the restaurants we’re most excited about visiting this Chelsea Flower Show…
The Ivy Chelsea Garden
The Ivy Chelsea Garden is paying homage to its setting, offering a whimsical installation, themed cocktails and a floral inspired dessert.
The restaurant’s exteriors will be adorned with woodland creatives and florals, from wild animals playing instruments to oversized florals in blues, yellows and pinks. While inside, you’ll find cocktails nodding to the summer months, including the Garden Party, a blend of Lillet Blanc, Absolut Elyx Vodka, sugar syrup and lime juice.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with their special vanilla cheesecake made up of chocolate soil, wild strawberries, honeycomb, herbs and flowers. Yum.
The Franklin Restaurant by Alfredo Russo
Waving hello to the beginning of the summer season is The Franklin Restaurants by Alfreso Russo and their seasonal six-course tasting menu. Inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show, the fine dining Italian restaurant from the Michelin-starred chef is dedicated entirely to seasonal flowers.
Expect dishes such as slow cooked lemon sole with asparagus; borragine flower and fresh ricotta cheese ravioli with sautéed butter and rosemary; black cod roasted and covered with raw cauliflower salad and grain mustard; and rose parfait served with an almond cream and petal rose.
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Wild by Tart
Eccleston Yards’ Wild by Yard is celebrating the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Belgravia in Bloom in style this year – and you guessed it, there’ll be nods to florals at just about every point.
They’ve teamed up with The SSAW Collection to create a stunning floral installation that will ‘grow’ up from the floor, curl up into the atrium and swoop down from the ceiling. While head bartender Will Ballantine and his team will be serving up Maison Mirebeau cocktails, including the Flower Sour, featuring Mirabeau gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon, orange blossom water, aquafaba and soda water
Don’t miss out on dessert – there’ll be a special strawberry and elderflower tart garnished with edible flowers of course.
23rd – 29th May
3-4 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9AZ
Daphnes has created a special summer campaign complete with an abundance of florals and nodding to this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s theme, ‘Return of the Wild’.
The restaurant’s entire facade and interiors of the terrace will make way for 1,000 hand-crafted butterflies allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the display. Meanwhile the bar team has teamed up with Malfy Gin and will be on hand for all of your cocktail needs. Menu highlights include the Passion Fruit Spritz, made from Malfy Originale Gin, passion fruit and tonic; and the Malfy Sgroppino, a mix of Malfy Lemon Gin, lemon juice, lemon sorbet and Prosecco.
Special themed dishes have also been created, including zucchini flowers with buffalo mozzarella and sunflower pesto; parma ham tortellini with buffalo ricotta and zucchine trombetta; and a scorched raspberry zabaglione with elderflower blossom.
16th – 30th May
112 Draycott Avenue, South Kensington, SW3 3AE
The Cadogan Arms
Celebrating the floral season is King’s Road’s The Cadogan Arms. Paying homage to the great British pub, expect their exteriors to be adorned with British flowers right up until June 5th.
They’ll also be offering a special set menu, featuring classic British pub dishes, from smoked ham hock terrine to prawn cocktails, new season lamb suet pudding to beer battered fish and chips. Don’t miss your chance to try their sticky toffee pud with clotted cream and caramel or go summery with the strawberry sherry trifle with almond crumble.
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Fine dining Indian restaurant Kahani is celebrating the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year with some special floral dishes and cocktails.
Menu highlights include the grilled scallops with lentil bhel and violas flowers; guinea fowl with wild mushroom, mangalore spiced and served on kerala paratha; and rose kulfi falooda with basil seeds.
Expect cocktails too, including the Chelsea Blossom, a mix of raspberries, Pisco, lavender syrup, Champagne and magic shimmer powder.
If you visit during the flower show for a meal and show your ticket, you’ll receive a complimentary cocktail special alongside your meal!
1 Wilbraham Place, Chelsea, SW1X 9AE
Peruvian-Japanese restaurant, Ayllu has launched a floral-inspired tiger prawn ceviche dish to their menu for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show week.
Available exclusively for five days, it’s a plate garnished with hibiscu flowers, mango and avocado. Enjoy alongside a selection of small plates – delicious.
24th – 28th May
Beneath Smith’s Bar & Grill, 25 Sheldon Square, Paddington, W2 6EY
No. Fifty Cheyne
No. Fifty Cheyne has teamed up with fashion brand RIXO and French wine-based aperitif Lillet to celebrate the flower show and the launch of their new summer collection.
The RIXO cocktail menu will be available throughout the week, alongside a special foodie menu, featuring Oysters with Cabernet vinegar granita, and Spider crab gazpacho with English asparagus to start. Roasted monkfish served with jersey royal potatoes and wild garlic pesto will follow for the main course, finishing with a strawberry and champagne souffle with clotted cream ice-cream.
23rd – 28th May
50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, SW3 5LR
Belgravia’s British bar and dining room, Ganymede, will be serving up a floral inspired set menu throughout the week. Expect a floral entrance as you step inside the restaurant before being seated and tucking into a menu which will change daily according to the best ingredients available.
Dishes include a delicate crab stuffed courgette flower with a refreshing sauce vierge; Marinda tomato salad with mozzarella, chimichurri and beautiful borage flowers; pan-fried fillet of salmon served with wild garlic velouté, buttery potatoes and asparagus; and tagliatelle with truffled mushroom ragu.
For dessert, choose from a creamy passion fruit pavlova topped with pansy flowers or a vanilla panna cotta with strawberry and honeysuckle compote.