French | Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge

After the previous restaurant, the Oriel, was closed down by the owner Earl Cadogan for not being good enough, Corbin and King (also behind The Wolseley and the Delaunay) have snatched up the space. The new 6000 square restaurant is "a true all-day ‘grand cafe’, providing eating and grazing from breakfast through to later evening".

Restaurant details

50-52 Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W 8AX
Nearest tube: 
Sloane SquareNearest station: Sloane Square

Opening times: 8am-11pm Mon-Thurs
8am-11.30pm Fri, Sat
8am-10.30pm Sun.

More info: 
  • Private Hire available
  • Bar area

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50-52 Sloane Square, Chelsea, London SW1W 8AX


Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 7.5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on November 24, 2012
"I, who am not drinking and thus allowing myself all sorts of other stuff I normally avoid, tucked into 12 unbelievably good and garlicky snails with lashings of baguette, then a “croque raclette”, which is basically a fried cheese and ham sandwich and quite the most exciting thing you can eat on a foggy London afternoon..." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Andy Lynes Metro
Reviewed on November 22, 2012
"Colbert is great news for the London restaurant scene and especially for the locals of a certain income bracket who look set to make the buzzing bistro their second home. I wish I was one of them." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 4
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on November 07, 2012
"I don’t like to overuse pejorative terms in case one day someone serves me something like the glands of a kitten, but the service really is abysmal. The only thing that came without us having to ask twice was the bill." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed by November 04, 2012
"The staff, most of whom I know from other dining rooms, said they’d been frantic since the moment it had opened its doors. This is as much to do with the reputation of its owners as its location. This well-heeled bit of London has very few good places to eat." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7.5
John Walsh Independent
Reviewed on October 20, 2012
"The fact that the food, though extremely competent, conspicuously lacks a wow factor will not, I'm sure, impede its success. Why look for couture if you can be comfortable in vintage?" READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on October 15, 2012
"The French say 'Le bon Dieu est dans le détail' ('the good God is in the details', after Flaubert) - and there's plenty of good God, and even some 'Good God!' in the detail at Colbert." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
Kelly Hussey View London
Reviewed on October 15, 2012
"...a fine dining food experience made affordable to all with a clever all day menu offering flexibility on both what you fancy eating and how much you want to spend. This place is definitely recommended." READ REVIEW