May 11, 2018
When a venue is located within a gorgeous historic building in Chelsea (the Duke of York’s Headquarters), is owned by one of the most famous galleries in the capital (the Saatchi), and is run by one of the city’s most illustrious catering companies (Rhubarb – of London Eye and Royal Albert Hall fame), you know something special is going to be produced. Long and narrow, with vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls, chic black-and-white furniture and expansive glass windows that open onto an al fresco terrace, Gallery Mess is essentially style personified. And, as a little reminder as to who owns the space, you can enjoy your meal surrounded by some of the UK’s most interesting pieces of art.
Food and drinks at Gallery Mess are treated with the same presentation standards as the venue itself, utilizing local and seasonal ingredients where possible. Open from breakfasttime onwards, the food menus cater to all tastes – from BBQ pork belly on a brioche bun to poached sea trout with grilled white asparagus. And that’s not to mention the delicate afternoon tea offering – perfect for enjoying on the outdoor terrace overlooking The Green.
When it comes to drinks, Gallery Mess prefers to keep things classic. The cocktail menu is concise, and broken down into three different categories – sparkling, martinis and long & shorts. The martinis come in a variety of recipes (flavoured with espresso, lychee, passion fruit and more), and even the classic concoctions are offered with a local twist (like the London Iced Tea and the Royal Mojito). Aside from this, there’s an impressive wine list, a selection of premium spirits and even some delicious juices, smoothies and cordials for the children and non-drinkers.