Influences of Paris abound in this classic Parisian-style café. Rich woods, Art Nouveau archways along with plush burgundy leather booths create a sumptuously inviting ambience, while bustling chatter fills the air right up to the ornate cornices.
Dogs are welcome to join in the bar, where there are a number booths in which to settle in for a meal, in addition to the standing area with stools encircling the bar itself. There are also tables for two all year round outside the front of Colbert. A popular paw-spot, it’s worth coming early to get one of these tables with your pup.
Open all day, Colbert begins with a delectable breakfast menu served until noon, which encompasses pastries galore and a variety of eggs. Partake in a cappuccino and croissant and relax at one of the outdoor tables while you people and pup watch.
The all-day menu, served from midday, does not disappoint its French routes. Filled with oysters, croques, moules marinière and steak tartare, there is something for everyone. Remember to leave room for a sweet treat, with specialties including Tarte au Citron Meringuée and Ice Cream Coupes, and if you are feeling suitable satisfied already, perhaps just a madeleine. It’s not to be missed.
As daylight dwindles, Colbert’s bar sees a procession of Kings Road shoppers, locals and colleagues pop-in to sample one of Colbert’s extensive array of French wines by the glass (or the bottle!). It’s hard to pull yourself and fido away from this hotpot of Chelsea life. Once you’re nestled in a booth, expect to want to stay awhile.
Taking its well earned place at the very heart of this famous square, Colbert is an ideal resting spot after you and fido have paraded your way down the Kings Road.
Colbert also lies equidistant between two royal parks that we love for their wonderful dog-friendly approach, and array of areas for all noses to explore. Both Hyde Park and Battersea Park are a mere 15 minutes’ walk away, so combine a stroll with fido in magnificent greenery, with a wander through one of London’s most affluent boroughs, to Colbert. For further details on both parks, stay tuned to our ‘Play’ pages.
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Address: Colbert, 50-52 Sloane Square, Chelsea, London, SW1W 8AX
Situated on the square where the Kings Road, Sloane Street, Chelsea Bridge Road and the A3217 towards St James Park meet, Colbert is easily accessible. Your best option for parking is to use one of the pay and display bays frequenting the back streets all around here. Alternatively, should you be planning to stay more than a couple of hours, the NCP car park in Cadogan Place is a good option.
With Sloane Square tube station, served by the District and Circle lines, just metres away, Colbert is easily accessible from the majority of central London.
A myriad of bus routes also take you through Sloane Square, including the 11, 137, 211, 360, 452, N11 and N137, to name but a few.
After a hard morning’s shopping (and in Rigby’s case, sniffing) along the length (and breadth!) of the Kings Road, it was time to refuel, and where better than Colbert. With a prime spot on Sloane Square providing some of the best people and pooch-watching in town, we grabbed a banquet in the bar and settled in for a well earned rest.
Rigby, on the other hand, was not quite done. After a good sniffing and wagging session aside our booth, he had eventually had his fill of patting hands and ruffles of his curly mop and decided a snooze was in order, so snuggled his way under our table.
With a penchant for eggs at the weekend, I couldn’t resist Colbert’s all day egg options and selected a beloved, but less spotted, favourite – Arnold Bennet – while my better half plumped for the ‘Hot-Smoked’ Salmon, Fennel and Rocket Salad.
A glass of the Picpoul slipped down easily as we took in the chattering, well-heeled crowd. No need to pick-up GQ or Vogue, just take a look at what’s adorning the locals and you and fido will have your must buy list.
As well groomed as the customers are, Colbert is inviting and has a warmth of character all can enjoy. As Rigby snoozed, with an occasional open eye to sniff a particularly interesting shoe or four-pawed friend, we tucked in to our tempting meals. Reviving and tasty through and through, this is about good food – it’s not overly fussy, and is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Now for a Madeleine or two with our espressos. When in Rome… or would that be Paris?
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