Chamberlain’s: A hidden gem in Leadenhall Market

There is so much to say about this wonderful restaurant! Not only is this one of the best restaurants I have ever been to, but it is also the location of where I had my wedding reception last summer.

The restaurant is located in the beautifully ornate Leadenhall Market, one of the oldest covered markets in London dating back to the 14th century. It was primary used for the food trade, and has gained recent distinction as being the backdrop in several famous films including Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter series.

Chamberlain’s is primarily a seafood restaurant that prides itself on sourcing the very best food available. During my Valentine’s dinner my husband and I ordered the 5 course tasting menu and it was spectacular (£65 per person not including matching wine)!

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The meal started with a single champagne gratin of Irish oyster garnished with caviar. I am not usually a huge fan of oysters, but this was amazing! It was cheesy and delicious!

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Our second starter was lobster ravioli and was the best lobster ravioli of my life! The pasta and seafood tasted extremely fresh and was full of flavour.

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The roasted fillet of sea bass was by far my favorite of the tasting menu! It was light, flavorful and presented beautifully. This item is on their regular menu, and I would highly recommend it!

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The spectacular main course was Beef Wellington stuffed with foie gras. Having not grown up in England, I had never previously tried this traditional English dish, and I was not disappointed! It was not my favourite item on the tasting course since I am not a huge fan of foie gras, but the beef was very tender and my husband Sam really enjoyed it.

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I am a huge fan of dessert and especially anything that has cream, so I was beyond impressed with the Strawberry Pavlova! It was crunchy, had fresh strawberries and best of all delicious cream!  I was already very full at this point, but I managed to eat my portion as well as Sam’s. 🙂 The tasting menu concluded with Valentine’s Day themed chocolates and petit fours.

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The executive chef, Andrew Jones, joined Chamberlains in 2011 after holding the premier Sous Chef position at Claridge’s, and his delectable and innovative dishes that are not only extremely good value (try finding a superior tasting course menu on Valentine’s day for under £100 a person) but incredibly delicious! The service is impeccable, and the manager Xavier is always willing to go above and beyond to satisfy his customers.

This is my favorite restaurant in London, and I will always come back!

Overall Score:

Food: 5/5

Service: 5/5

Price: £££

Atmosphere: Best for business & special occasions

Website: http://www.chamberlains.org