If you love Chelsea football club, want a great priced lunch or fancy a drink with the locals then this is the pub for you. Good selection of beers, ales and lagers on tap, £5 set lunch…what more can a Chelsea girl ask for. Fabulous atmosphere on home game days, but only if you are a Chelsea supporter!
Great little pub in Chelsea. Food is always fresh and tasty, and excellent value for money. Quite small, so can get loud on Friday and Saturday nights for dining, though usually just makes it a good atmosphere. otherwise great for meeting up with friends for lunch or dinner.
“Neat, upbeat and charmingly situated, Chelsea’s Sporting Page is the perfect place for sunny evening suppers or a cosy winter warmer. Prices are a touch above the norm, but good pub food and a buzzing atmosphere more than compensate.
The Venue Tucked away in a quiet spot moments from the colourful Fulham Road, the Sporting Page is the kind of pub that’s a joy to stumble across whilst out for an amble in unfamiliar surroundings.
The Decor consists of a classily neutral mix of dark woods and white paint with flashes of brass and green tiling. This classic styling suits the pub’s athletic moniker. Even if by 10pm on a Saturday things can start to feel a bit over-bright and sticky inside, there are always several tables out on the pavement where those seeking comfort and atmosphere can escape, complete with some of the most effective heaters in London.
The Atmosphere The entire range of Chelsea life is healthily represented on an average Saturday evening. Here you’re as likely to find moneyed bohemians and foreign businessmen as you are yacht club types and rugby lads. Throw in a few thirty-something families with their excitable broods, the odd group of tourists drifting in from the upmarket stores on Old Brompton Road and the obligatory Chelsea fans on match days, and you’ve a recipe for a cheery, busy watering hole that caters to every age group and taste, without pandering excessively to any of them.
The Food Food at the Sporting Page is a mouth-watering mix of classic gastropub fare, all presented in reassuringly hearty portions. From Ploughman’s sandwiches or smoked mackerel and sourdough (£6.50 and £5 respectively) to the Sporting cheese and bacon burger and chilli tiger prawn linguini (£9 and £9.50), there’s something to satisfy every appetite. Meanwhile, if all you fancy is a snack, try the delicious hand cut chips or a bowl of French beans – a surprising snip at £2.50 a serving.
The Drink The booze offering of the Sporting Page is a strong point with draught beers from Becks (£3.40 a pint) and Kronenbourg (£3.50) to Hoegaarden (£4.10) on offer, bottles including Corona and Peroni (both £3.30), and a wide range of spirits. There’s a small cocktail list that’s very reasonably priced (around £6.50 a pop) and even a selection of vintage whiskies and ports, perfect for those more discerning in their choice of digestifs.
Where the pub really deserves congratulations, however, is its wine list. A broad and informed selection is available, thoughtfully chosen to complement the food menu with most bottles reasonably priced (they start at around £15 for a bottle of house). Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a true oenophile to enjoy them – the type and tone of each is clearly described on the menu.
The Last Word The Sporting Page is, mercifully, a gastropub that isn’t identical to the million and one outwardly similar establishments all over London. It may be a touch pricey compared to other pubs, but for this part of London that is simply (if you’ll spare the sporting pun) par for the course.”