Restaurants Reviews

Bumpkin Winter Dinner Preview

Last week, I had the absolute honour to attend a Winter Menu preview at Bumpkin Chelsea, organised by the fabulous Selena. The second I stepped inside the restaurant, I knew all of us bloggers were in for an evening of epic spoiling! (Or maybe that’s just what the warmed cider vodka cocktail whispered to me.) We were all greeted warmly by the staff and were treated to a brief tour so that we could see the recent remodel Bumpkin had gone through. We were lucky enough to meet Marissa (of Ladies of London fame) setting up a Halloween party in the private dinning room upstairs. It was great to get to see that space in action; to get a feel for how that room could be transformed, and how many people it could seat comfortably.

The garden is covered and heated, and it’s an absolute treat to enjoy the luxury of eating outside even in the chilly October night.  The worst part of the night was actually decided WHAT to pick from the menu to eat. Luckily, we had the fabulous Nick, manager of the Notting Hill location, to guide us in our choices. (And Nick, I’m still thinking about that English red that you paired with my venison – it was superb!) I went with the famous rib starter, the venison for a main and the chocolate tart for dessert. And then the whole table split about every side the menu had to offer!

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The ribs were delicious; they were succulent and they fell right off the bone. The marinade was sticky with just the right balance of sweet and tangy. Trust me, it’s surprisingly hard to find good ribs in London.

The venison main was incredibly rich and filling. The portion was so generous that I was unable to finish it all. (A rarity, I assure you!) This was paired with my now new favourite red, the English pinot noir on the menu. Which complimented it perfectly.

The chocolate tart grabbed my attention with words “salted peanut crumble”, and I knew there was no other choice for me! Let me tell you, I was stuffed to the gills but I still managed to find room for this dessert. The chocolate was silky smooth and not too rich, the caramel had just the right amount of sweetness and the saltiness of the peanut was a well balanced foil to the sugar.

To be honest, I’d go back again just for the mac and cheese! It’s an American expat’s dream come true. The perfect mac ‘n’ cheese. Next time, I’m ordering it as a side dish for me, and me alone!

Expect to hear more from my lovely table mates Frankie, Mog (Mayfair Office Girl), Mina, Selena, Manasi.

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Inside the lovely garden.

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The private dining room all set up for the Halloween party.

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I was equal parts loving and terrified by this skull candelabra setup.

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Manasi’s starter of Crayfish Cocktail (£9)

Mina’s starter of Sloe Gin Salmon (£9)

My delicious starter of BBQ Baby Pork Ribs (£7)

Mog’s starter of Roast Squash, with poached quail eggs, tender stem broccoli and mushrooms (£7)

My main of Highland Venison with savoy cabbage, crispy bacon and game chips (£18)

Frankie’s main: the Aberdeen Angus Burger (£14).

A side of delicious triple cooked chips (£4)

Manasi’s main of Pan Seared Scallops in Cauliflower Cream (£25). Now I didn’t try the scallops but she said, “These are the best scallops I’ve ever eaten, and I eat a lot of seafood.” Verbatim.

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My dessert of Bitter Chocolate Tart with salted peanut crumble and caramel mousse (£6).

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Mina’s dessert of Warm Vanilla Sponge, gooseberry jam and toasted almond ice cream (£6).

Disclaimer: I was an invited guest of Bumpkin, but my many opinions are solely my own. Also Bumpkin, if you’re listening, I love you and I’d like to be invited back in a heartbeat!

There are now 4 Bumpkin locations around London, so hopefully you can stop by one soon!

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  • Wild Hearts + Green Tea

    Oh, this looks and sounds so nice! Eating outside with heating in October? Very cool 🙂

  • Wow this all looks so fabulous! I love a warmed garden area!

  • What a delicious looking meal! Also, such a pretty setting. Your cocktail at the beginning sounds divine, and as for the chocolate tart – wow! I’ll definitely be wanting to try out this restaurant 🙂 What a fun night!

    • The cocktail was amazing. It was almost too good, because I could have kept sipping it all night long! There are a few locations so you should pop into the one closest to you! x

  • Vension! I love venison! And your dessert looks divine! I clearly need to become a better blogger so I can be invited to stuff 😉

    • Oh man. If there’s delicious venison on offer, it’s rare that i’m going to pass it up. Especially when it was venison paired with bacon 😉 x

  • Hello food porn! And the restaurant isn’t bad looking either ;). I think my favourite thing is that it’s called Bumpkin!

    • Haha, the name makes me giggle as well. But it was seriously good food. Definitely one of my favourite meals in recent history! x

  • Yum. I should’ve read this after breakfast, haha.

  • Oh I love Bumpkin! I’ve been a few times but only ever for brunch. Not sure why, perhaps because I discovered it when browsing for brunch spots online, so I kind of consider it as a brunch only place. Not any longer though! Their dinner menu looks just as good. Definitely need to try it out sometime 🙂 x

    • I’m going to a brunch there this weekend. (Complete coincidence, it’s a birthday brunch someone else organised.) What would you recommend for brunch? x

  • That looks lovely! So homely – I’d love to have a birthday party there.

  • sheesh! everything about this, okay?! the garden room looks amazing with that lighting and all of the food – wow. but, really, most of all – the mac n cheese. clutch.

  • everything looks so good. the place looks beautiful and all that food looks just amazing. xx

  • The food porn in this post is outrageous. I’ll be visiting Bumpkin at my earliest convenience. The presentation of the food makes it even more appetizing than it might be otherwise. Your venison looks deee-vine!

    • You’re so right, presentation can really make it or break it for good places! And luckily Bumpkin makes it! x

  • I’m pretty much in love with everything about this place–it looks so cozy and romantic, but the Halloween decor makes it a little funky! And YUM, the food. Definitely putting this on my to-eat place next time I’m in London!

  • Oh wow, what a fun Halloween dinner and a beautiful restaurant! Color me jealous!

    • I feel like I can never throw a Halloween dinner party now because anything I do would just pale in comparison to that decor! x

  • This review was perfectly timed as I’m heading down to London in a few weeks time and was wondering whether to try Bumpkin .. I’m completely smitten with how cute it is and the food sounds amazing!
    Chloe x

    • Hi Chloe! I definitely recommend it! I’m actually going to the Nottinghill location this weekend with fiends! x

  • Thank you for your review. Your Halloween dinner seems very interesting and deliciousl The decorations of this restaurant is very inspiring. I love that skeleton. ^^

  • I can’t believe I still haven’t tried Bumpkin yet. This looks delicious and fun 🙂

  • I’ve seen Selena’s pics of the food too, but oh man, I really want to go here! The food looks and sounds amazing, those scallops, they would be mine.

  • Ashley Angle

    When I saw the post title I immedately thought Ladies of London! This looked like a really nice event with great food! Thanks for sharing with us!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

    • Yes! So we were in the garden area where they had the infamous citizenship/4th of july part (when the thong came out!) 🙂 x

  • This place looks AMAZING! I need to go there! x

  • If you’re missing American brunch, it’d be a great place to go next time you’re in London! x

  • I think they’ve already filmed the 2nd season, maybe? I love Juliet because she always makes me laugh! x

  • It was a really fantastic evening! x

  • Oh my, the place looks beautiful! I love all of the pretty lights and the warm atmosphere it’s oozing! How haven’t I heard of this place?! Lovely photos, looks like it was a lovely evening 🙂

  • Miho

    i’ve never been to Bumpkin but I’ve heard good things – clearly you agree! i need to try it soon. x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

    • Definitely! I’ve been to the Notting Hill location and the Chelsea location and I recommend them both! x

  • oooh gorgeous! (love that warmed cider vodka cocktails talk to you. ha!)

  • Ah! What a fabulous evening!!!

  • Wow that look so delicious! I wouldn’t mind tucking into that dessert right now.

  • I do love a Bumpkin meal – it’s a nice combo of design & flavour!

  • jenangeles

    Have to post as we tried Bumpkin when we were in London on Sunday based on your review – delish food (esp. the mac and cheese) but I must have tried a different wine as mine was really boring (and £14 a glass!). What was the one that you tried?

    • Oh darn! I’m so sorry to hear that! That’s my fault – I had thought there was only one English pinot noir on the menu but there were actually two now that I go back and look! I know Bumpkin is really good at listening to feedback so I recommend going to and mentioning that you might not think the wine quality was worth the price. x

      • jenangeles

        I already, am hoping to win the £250 for filling in the survey so I can afford to go back more frequently 😉

  • Ala

    This food literally looks amazing! I have to get myself down there!!! Even just for that bitter chocolate tart?! Oh my days! x

    • That’s one of the things i really like about Bumpkin, it has a really calm, casual atmosphere so I wouldn’t feel guilty at all about going in just for a dessert and drink. And yea, if you do three courses plus alcohol it’s going to be a really pricey dinner, but it you just go in and not gorge yourself it’s quite reasonably priced for the quality! x

  • If the next time we go to London we have a ton of extra money.. we’re definitely going to Bumpkin! 😉