The Luxurious ‘Local’ You Won’t Mind Travelling To! The Enterprise, Walton Street
March 14, 2018
It’s speaks volumes when your new local is one you live nowhere near! The Enterprise is nestled on a corner of the very well-known Walton Street – a hangout for the rich and stylish who frequent this road for post-shopping drinkies after a jaunt around the boutiques in nearby Knightsbridge, Sloane Street or Brompton Road.
The Enterprise is different though… First off, it’s a pub. A cosy, gastropub with a mixture of dark woods, plush banquette seating, tables in the middle and high stools at the bar. And the bar is exactly where you’ll find friendly bar manager Fouad who knows everyone by name! You can order scotch eggs and duck croquettes here, whilst having a first class cocktail mixed up to your exact liking; or book a table and enjoy a really good meal washed down with one of the many many wines on their extensive wine list.
Any chill that blasted through the door with us as we entered The Enterprise on a freezing cold Friday night, was immediately replaced by a warm welcome from Eve the Assistant Manager. Coats were taken and we were ushered to our snug table in the middle of the restaurant/bar. The vibe here is really good. The crowd – a mix of the regulars and the likes of me who’ve discovered this little Chelsea secret; creates an air of exclusivity without the stuffiness – just for those in the know…
I commended the Head Chef Paul Cleaver (to my friends), more than once throughout the dinner because the menu really is something a little bit special. Did I mention this is no ordinary pub?! A smooth but punchy leek and truffle Amuse Bouche warmed up the tastebuds, before we delved into fat crispy rings of juicy tempura calamari dipped in a soy, ginger and honey marinade; and I revelled in my smug decision to order the thick, rich caramelised red onion soup! Sweet, rich, hot and hearty, the gruyere toast dunked into the liquid was sheer pleasure.
Mains were just as impressive. My chicken milanese with a spaghetti pomodoro, slow roasted tomatoes, rocket and parmesan was everything I was hoping for. A good amount of chicken, a light breadcrumb coating, plump pulpy tomato and perfectly cooked spaghetti. There were no complaints about the steak that my friend ordered either (she has been known to send her steaks back many a time and is not afraid to – so I knew this one was spot on!) Another of my friends went for the soft, slowly braised Jacob’s Ladder and my mouth waters even now just thinking about it! We washed this down with an extremely drinkable bottle of Bourgogne Pinot Noir with all that lovely rounded flavour of cherries and raspberries.
With not even the tiniest bit of room for dessert, Eve insisted we try ‘the best brownie ever’, and yes every restaurant may make this outrageous claim, but I actually think, this may be the very best! With chocolate fudge freshly baked (with a cookie dough consistency about it), crème Anglaise ice cream melting under the heat of the pudding and pecan brittle to add some crunchy texture, we stayed silent until the last mouthful had been devoured. And then we wished we’d all ordered another! Perfectly balanced espresso martinis courtesy of Fouad rounded of what had been an absolutely perfect evening.
If you like your bar and restaurant experiences to come with a little bit of buzz, you will love The Enterprise. If you’re dining between 6-7pm any day of the week, you’ll also enjoy a free wine or beer on them, while there’s a special two course menu Mon-Fri priced at £19.95, or three courses for £22.95.
Check out their website here and you’ll notice they’re a ‘members club without the fee’ – an accurate portrayal I’d say, so shhh don’t tell everyone…!
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield