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Worlds End Distillery & Restaurant, Chelsea

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user reviews of The Worlds End Distillery & Restaurant, Chelsea

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I should add that it is now called the CHELSEA BAR & is no longer the World's End (Thank Goodness).
Elizabeth_KR - 20 Jan 2009 14:10
Very Classy. What a delightful transformation -beautiful chandeliers adorn this modern, stylish bar.
Lovely cocktails, a glass of champagne or two and beers for the boys. The night we went there was a good DJ playing chillout music and a very nice atmosphere. A very dishy barman made us very welcome. There is table service and downstairs has private rooms too - with karaoke.
It is somewhere my friends and I instinctively felt comfortable and is undoubtedly female friendly.
We have been back once since our initial visit and love it.
A great improvement. I will be back regularly.
Elizabeth_KR - 20 Jan 2009 14:08
This pub has been closed since May. It's meant to be refurbishing, but I wouldn't count on it opening again anytime soon.
bob_nelson_rcn - 9 Jul 2008 14:49
It is 2007 so I do not expect too much for my £30.However,I do like to enjoy myself for it. If you are of the same opinion then steer well clear of this place.Good points Eddy, Robin and a mexican lad [bar]are helpful and decent.Never see the manager, never see anyone eatlng.Menu says it all.Pub is clean the loos are dreadful.I am rating this pub 1 for the bar staff otherwise it would be zero.
haltonm - 7 Apr 2007 13:50
I and other members of the ENO went to this pub last week and this is a missed opportunity. We are from over the road from this pub and thought we would give it a try. We entered 2 minutes before the last scheduled serving time and the barman was busy on his laptop, surfing. By the time he afforded us his attention he looked at the time and said time was up. He then turned to a gentleman at the bar (who it turns out is the chef/cook) and they snortled. The laugh, apparently, was on us. When we protested at his ignoring us, he told us he did not care and that we should 'try to find a night club'(there was more snortelling). There was ofcourse no mangager to be seen, therefore we had to leave, which is a shame since we were hoping to establish this as a regular haunt for performers seeking a regular relaxing environment and a pleasant watering hole. However we will remain loyal to the excellent Sporting Page on Camera Place where you are made welcome. The World's End could score very highly for location and architecture, however, people are everything, and for as long as this establishment is staffed with ignorant boy band look-alike staff, it will remain void of any reason to visit.
anonymous - 6 Apr 2007 02:04
a visit to the reopened restaurant found a good feast of homemade food at a good price too,even the desserts were home made, don't find that in many pubs around here!!i've heard the sunday roasts are good too so i will be back for more
sjp30 - 23 Mar 2007 16:28
OK this place has had a view incarnations in recent history but it remains intrinsically the same. The architecture is an astounding example of Victorian excellence and the interior is appealing. The beer on offer is the same as you would find just about anywhere but the staff, irrespective of the fact they rarley last, are very friendly, even if they don't really have a clue about beer. It's located on the most interested part of the King's Road and serves pretty much as an oasis amid a desert of rancid bars.
Cossack - 20 Mar 2007 01:40
Another of South West London's overpriced, refitted Gastropubs. The beer was bland, as was the pub itself. Disappointing. Not somewhere I'd return in a hurry.
anonymous - 21 May 2006 20:12
Visited Sat 11/2/06. Was very disappointed. Speckled Hen £3 a pint, only mediocre. Staff did not understand low alcahol, no bottled juices ie J20, only cartons. Wanted to eat there, but left after indifference by bar staff. The only plus were the TV screens showing the footie.
furstyferret - 15 Feb 2006 08:36
I was in this pub on Burns night and what a great night... Haggis and a Piper! I'm not a Scot however the whole event was unexpected and pleasant change. Great atmosphere for a more cultured and demanding pub crowd.
anonymous - 27 Jan 2006 11:11
This pub is fantastic. Great venue beautifully refurbished with an amazing history. Felt very privileged to stand at the same bar as Joe Strummer and Robert Plant. They have just relaunched as a gastropub and the food was sensational. Six of us went and everyone raved about it (mine was a smoked haddock with welsh rarebit number - which I can heartily recommend. Great crowd, full of fun, nice people. We will definitely be making this a regular haunt!
anonymous - 7 Dec 2005 18:27
Went to this pub last night to do the quiz with some friends. They’d ordered food by the time I arrived – my mate sent his steak back because it was a cold, sorry-looking thing and he had been told they did fantastic steak. So we’re having a drink and then this short middle-aged bloke in a suit comes up and starts going:

“Why did you send the steak back?”

“It was cold and didn’t look particularly appetizing”

“Well that’s your opinion isn’t it?”

“No, it was cold, that’s not an opinion. The barmaid told me the steaks here are amazing, and they should be for 16 quid, I wouldn’t pay 3 quid for that and who are you anyway?”

“I’M THE F***ING OWNER, NOW GET OUT OF MY PUB!”

So after some protestations, which were fairly mild as he was almost too shocked to speak, my friend left. Then the rest of us did too – never to return. We went to the Cross Keys near the river, which did excellent steaks (very hot) and were amused by the waiting bringing our food saying “I’M THE F***ING WAITER! Here’s your steaks.”



This place is typical of the “remodeled” (ruined) pubs that now litter the city, claiming to provide restaurant quality food at reduced prices. Most of them don’t – it’s just another scam by greedy landlords to extract ever more outrageous sums from the punters unfortunate enough to cross their thresholds. Welcome to hospitality in Britain in the 21st century – give us your money and f**k off.


anonymous - 23 Nov 2005 10:27
Thrilled to see it beautifully refurbished, and suprised to here from the friendly bar staff about its amazing rock history. Apparently everyone from the Rolling Stones through to the Pistols, Romones and Led Zeppelin have played there.
anonymous - 20 Jul 2005 16:03
Went down on Tuesday - Quiz Night, with a few girls and had a great night! The food was fab, and atmosphere excellent. An overall fun night with nice, friendly people. Highly recommended and I will defiantly be going again.
anonymous - 19 Jul 2005 17:45
Went to this pub a year ago. What a difference it trully makes when a pub is transformed from a shabby ransack to a nice drinking venue. The tv's are a bit loud but the beer was pleasant and drinkable. Some of the locals were chatty enough. Its turned into a very nice pub. Well done.
webdrinker - 11 Jul 2005 14:25
Was made to go to the Worlds End not realising it had undergone a major refurbishment... went on Tuesday last which was quiz night and genuinely had a ball! Fantastic looking pub now. The food was great and nothing terribly fancy. Stayed til I got kicked out and hope to go back again soon.
Masterdoody - 5 Jul 2005 04:14
An NW6, NW3, W12 (Up the Rs) man myself but made a 328 journey down to Chelsea (bah, spit) for a change. What can I say? Refurbished, airey, poncey type of customer. £3 for a Fosters. Not very busy. Early days I guess. Not my cup of tea. Couple of plasma screens showing the footie and a big bouncer on the door.
Lyncroft - 29 May 2005 00:15
No its been refurbished and completely tarted up a week or so ago! Haven't been inside myself but pass by every day and seems a lot brighter and cleaner inside although I suspect some of the locals that used to go there probably aren't happy!
jaminneb - 23 May 2005 10:52
Closed down, and going to be redeveloped into a block of flats. That's why they ran it down!
Mike Mills - 14 Sep 2004 10:34
Im sure this was once a great bar - once. Not impressed with the charcaters in the pub, but beer & decor okay.
PAUL - 16 Aug 2004 12:57
Very seedy pub with dodgy customers. Indifferent service.
andrew1961 - 25 Jan 2004 19:13
Used to be a great pub.But has gone downhill a great deal.
Dave - 1 Jun 2003 20:27

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