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AA Wine Award (England) 2017-18
AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Elegant setting for light-touch modern English cooking

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

In keeping with the Chelsea postcode, The Five Fields is the very template of discretion and elegance. The place might be billed as a ‘neighbourhood restaurant’, but images of a cosy, casual, budget eatery are wide of the mark – it exudes the kind of designer class that comes with a rather swish location indeed – just off Sloane Square to be exact. The bucolic name refers to the area as it was known back in the 18th century when cartographer John Rocque mapped the ever-expanding city of London, and while the pastoral scenes have gone, there is still a link to the countryside as chef-patron Taylor Bonnyman keeps a kitchen garden in Sussex for seasonal herbs and vegetables. Bonnyman and his team – including head chef Marguerite Keogh who worked for Marcus Wareing – have all earned their stripes at some top addresses in New York, London and Paris, and continue to deliver intelligent, thrilling and sometimes playful contemporary food based on outstanding ingredients. The dining room is a soothingly elegant space done out with neutral colours, plush designer leather chairs and coiling plant motifs. There's a swanky private dining room on the first floor too, with a grand fireplace and views into the impressive wine cellar. Open for dinner only, this is not the sort of place that turns tables, so you can settle in and savour the seemingly never-ending parade of little extras from opening nibbles – for example crab tartlet with golden beetroot – to pre-desserts – cherry soda with lemon ice cream, say – and petits fours without watching the clock. You can expect artfulness and accuracy in equal measure in stunning looking plates, whether you go for the set-price menu or the eight-course tasting extravaganza. A signature dish of foie gras parfait arrives covered in beetroot jelly alongside shimeji mushrooms, while there’s more to a dish entitled ‘cabbage’ than its humble name suggests, since it comes with oxtail, oyster and dill. Elsewhere, there may be Herdwick mutton with butternut squash, pine nut and rapini, or superb Cornish turbot partnered by seaweed, cavolo nero and potato. This is cooking that shows an innate feel for what works with what, right through to desserts like rum baba, its sweetness offset by the sharp slap of grape and calamansi, or a riff on apple aromatised with green shiso leaves and jasmine. Slick service and a splendid, cleverly compiled wine list seal the deal.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas, 2 weeks January, 2 weeks August
  • Days closed: Saturday to Sunday
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef(s): Taylor Bonnyman, Marguerite Keogh

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 11
  • Wines over £30: 471
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • 2-course dinner from: £60
  • 3-course dinner from: £75
  • Tasting menu from: £90
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10
  • Off-site parking available: On street, NCP 150 yards

Getting here

Nearest train station

Sloane Square
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