Daphne’s Celebrates the Flower Show with Italian Style:
Daphne’s in Brompton Cross is so discrete I’d never noticed it. Even though it is only a stone’s throw from home and somewhere I go to shop (when I’m feeling well heeled!). So, I was delighted to be invited to a preview event for their Chelsea Flower Show inspired menu and indoor garden and stunned at the beautiful interior that was being created especially for the show period.
The restaurant lends itself perfectly to the transformation, thanks to a large conservatory area toward the rear of the building with a roof that opens to create an alfresco feel. Both the designers, Amy Roberts and Manoj Malde, have a background in fashion and their garden design was truly amazing, influenced by the gardens and courtyards of Tuscany and bringing a real Italianate feel to London.
There are statues trailing with ivy, lemon trees and fresh white pelargoniums. The floor is covered with a ‘grass’ carpet and table decorations include bowls of fresh lemons to compliment the white linen.
Daphne’s also has a special Chelsea Flower Show inspired set menu full of seasonal ingredients and a steal at £22.50 for three courses at lunch or before 7pm daily. We were able to preview some of the dishes in miniature form, a creamy risotto, a wonderful chilled asparagus soup
And these stunning prosecco jellies filled with raspberries and garnished with edible flowers
The specially designed interior garden was commissioned by Daphne’s as a competition for graduates of the English Gardening School. The brief to create something original that would reflect the restaurant’s Italian theme and compliment the Flower Show has been brought to life and the The flower show garden is open from 22 May to 3 June, to coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show. It’s a perfect place to escape if there’s rain. But, even if we are lucky enough to have sunshine throughout the show, it’s well worth going along to see the fabulous garden and sample the exquisite food.
Daphne’s is at 112 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 3AE
My rating is provisional because I have only tried canapes, not a full meal!