After opening in 2010, South London eatery The Henry Root fast became a popular Chelsea favourite for its menu of homely traditional British fare and friendly atmosphere that welcomed kids and furry friends alike. Distress no doubt rippled amongst the restaurant's flock of loyal clientele when it was announced in October this year that the eatery would be undergoing a revamp, but fears are unfounded – the new look Henry Root is cosy, understated and the perfect all-day dining space, transitioning effortlessly from day to night with the help of plenty of soft lighting and a classically stylish interior.
The kitchen has been moved to the lower-ground floor to make way for an extended dining area – the right size to create an atmosphere, but with enough space to allow diners the privacy of an intimate meal. Teal banquettes line the back wall, crowned with oversized mirrors and an eclectic array of artwork reminiscent of a French bistro. A long bar positioned beneath low slung lighting offers up a selection of seasonal salads, homemade cakes and cold-pressed juices and smoothies in the day (don't miss the 'chocolate smoothie' made from coconut milk, raw cacao, avocado and dates), switching to cocktails and an extensive wine menu in the evening. The new all-day menu runs from 8am on weekdays, serving up brunch classics such as smashed avocado and poached eggs on rye, lunch offerings including native lobster brioche roll and evening dishes such as roasted rump of lamb with braised puy lentils.
IN London visited for dinner this week, kicking off with succulent crab nestled in crisp red lettuce leaves, topped with sprinkles of cracked black pepper. This was followed by tender grilled halibut with skin crisped to perfection, dotted with mushrooms and drizzled with a sweet tomato jus – light and tasty in equal measure. To finish, we opted for one of the most sumptuous sticky toffee puddings ever tasted- hot gooey cake swimming in rich, chocolate sauce so good you could drink it and sprinkled with crumbled pecans. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal, as well as The Henry Root's new facelift- deservedly a local favourite and well worth a visit.
The Henry Root,
9 Park Walk,