Claude Bosi at Bibendum
“High-end modern French in unparalleled surroundings” - AA Inspector
LONDON SW3, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
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One of the world's oldest trademarks, Bibendum is the official mascot of Michelin, the French tyre company. This unusual post-Art Nouveau building in South Ken was once their UK headquarters. How appropriate then that since 2016, a Frenchman, Claude Bosi, has been head chef here. And how fitting too that old adverts featuring the pneumatic Bib carried the words nunc est bibendum, meaning 'now is the time to drink'. The building's exterior is decorated with tiles featuring early 20th-century racing cars; there are more inside in what, believe it or not, used to be a tyre-fitting bay. An ornate pillared entrance leads into the ground-floor, all-day Oyster Bar, with stairs up to a beautiful dining room, its stained-glass window in cobalt blues depicting our inflatable friend on his bicycle. From Thursday to Saturday a three-course lunch offers 36-month-old parmesan custard, followed by Galician beef fillet with coffee and pickled walnuts, then Gariguette strawberries with elderflower and strawberry sauce. Sunday lunchtimes and Wednesday-to-Sunday evenings present a signature nine-course tasting menu, which is worth quoting in full: it opens with Bibendum egg, then proceeds to duck jelly with special selection caviar; Cornish cock crab; seasonal nosotto (risotto with a root veg not rice) with chicken oysters, 24-month-old Comté and Lancashire mead; Cornish turbot à la Grenobloise; French veal sweetbread; pickled walnuts and macadamia nut purée; Brittany rabbit, langoustine and artichoke barigoule; crème fraîche with Alphonso mango and Corsican pomelo; and finally asparagus with white chocolate, black olive and coconut. Things are simpler in the Oyster Bar, where prawn and avocado cocktail might be followed by moules marinière and chips, or fillet steak au poivre, before a dessert of apple and rhubarb crumble and custard. Four caviars, including Beluga Tsar Imperial, are served with blinis and crème fraîche. The mainly French and Italian wine list has just one from the New World, a Californian Zinfandel.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 2
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Monday and Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.15
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9.45
- Cuisine style: Modern French
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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