Phene9 Phene Street
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The Phene (pronounced 'Feeny') is located in a leafy Chelsea backwater, roughly halfway between Kings Road and the Chelsea Embankment. Built in 1853 (along with the rest of the street) by Dr John Samuel Phene, a wealthy and eccentric landowner - he is credited with initiating the idea of planting trees in city streets - the pub is considered architecturally unusual by being attached to a "terrace" of just one house on Phene Street. Today it is a high-end gastropub decorated in minimalist light grey, a clubhouse-style venue housing a traditional saloon bar with bright red banquettes and a stripped wooden floor, a conservatory restaurant at the back and a lounge on the first-floor. The extensive heated terrace to the side is complete with comfortable sofas, outdoor fireplaces and quirky hanging basket chairs. All as seen in the BAFTA award-winning, structured-reality television series "Made in Chelsea". Expect to pay Chelsea prices. Apart from the champagnes, wines and cocktails, the drink offerings include two handpumps for real ale, a number of taps dispensing craft/keg mostly local beers and a good range of local London-brewery bottled beers. The food menu is very tempting indeed, despite being at prices to be expected of the locale. It is reported that this venue does not accept cash.