Chelsea

   
                                     The Falcon                                                                   The White Horse                                                            The Ship  

Before and after matches at Chelsea I can recommend you either drink in the pubs around Notting Hill (see QPR) and catch the District Line down to Fulham Broadway station (where you alight for Stamford Bridge), or you could drink in the pubs recommended in Putney (see Fulham) and come up on the District Line from Putney Bridge station. Either option is a very reasonable choice with excellent eating and drinking establishments, with no fear of hassle.

However, you could also visit the much nearer White Horse, 1-3 Parsons Green, SW6 4UL (020 7736 2115), only 1 stop along the District Line, and very walkable. The White Horse is a great example of Victorian grandeur, situated on the northern corner of Parson's Green, which becomes an extension of the pub on warm evenings. It has previously been a gin palace and a coaching inn, with a blend of traditional polished mahogany panels, wood and flagstone floors and open fires.

The management prides itself on creating a public house, which 'isn't a restaurant', but a great pub that sells excellent food, wine and beer, with well trained and knowledgeable staff. They specialise in sourcing local, regional and national speciality and seasonal food & drinks served up simply, no pretensions.

I have often enjoyed the food here, and beer, and have a personal anecdote, from quite a while ago, when the White Horse was the only establishment that I knew of, outside Scotland, that quite regularly sold Traquair House Ale as a hand-pulled cask conditioned ale. This is a powerful Christmas Pudding of a beer often seen in bottles, and loved in and exported to the USA, and I quite like it too. Anyway, I'd never had it on draft, and it wasn't labelled up on a hand pump when I first visited the White Horse. I mentioned how I'd visited from 180 miles away and was disappointed that the Traquair House Ale wasn't available that day, and the barman went down to the cellar on a number of occasions to provide me with my choice, it was well-conditioned and very drinkable, and the only time I have ever drunk this beer, except from a bottle, even when I lived just down the road from the brewery in the Scottish Borders. Although not obliged to, I did buy one of their polo shirts as a memento of the visit, great pub.

Oh, and I can think of another pub a short distance from Stamford Bridge, though not so obviously, that is, The Ship, 41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, SW18 1TB (020 8870 9667). The Ship is amazingly near to Chelsea's ground, though on the south side of the river, being situated on the banks of the Thames right by Wandsworth Bridge. It is a Young's house that has served fine ales, wines and food 'since 1786 when it was founded as a Thameside Waterman’s Inn'. It continues to sell freshly cooked food, and is a very popular place to eat because of its quality. If you've never been here, I'd suggest you do sometime, because it is a great place to eat and drink at.

 

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