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For anyone familiar with the Fulham Road or the Chelsea area in general you will most likely be familiar with the Goat in Boots pub, afterall there has been a pub on this spot for over 350 years.
When we were called to review Goat I was intrigued, I knew the Goat in Boots pub; it is in an awesome location but the general sentiment was it was probably not deserving of the spot; I went there once to never return.
Goat, the newly branded and certainly newly refurbished version of the Goat in Boots is a far cry from what it used to be; it looks more fine dining restaurant than anything else with an open kitchen at the back, wine bottles across the walls and a smart interior. It is however, as were to find out, a little more than that!
The Goat serves Manhattan inspired Italian food for instance we had spicy n'duja meatballs and a prawn cocktail to start, a pizza for main (out of the wood-fired oven on show in the kitchen) and spatchcock chicken with American style fries and a lovely fresh Tomato Salad. The food is good, nothing exceptional but perfect sort of fare if you are dining with friends and family - informal and unfussy. The menu is still being perfected and is subject to change for instance a burger was recently put on the menu made and ground in-house which has become an instant bestseller so look out for that!
After lunch we were taken on a quick tour around the rest of GOAT. I thought I was looking at the rest of GOAT from my table however downstairs there is a more private dining space that would be perfect to book out for a raucous birthday party. Down there on Sundays they put all the kids with an entertainer so the parents have a relaxing meal up top!
Then there is the cocktail bar upstairs imaginatively called 'Drink' which opens at 5pm and has its own entrance on Fulham Road so is a destination in itself. This cocktail bar has a DJ on Friday and Saturday who spins the decks from an old pulpit (sometimes dressed as a nun!) until 1am but it is open every night of the week for fun and frolics and also has a big screen that it pulls down for special matches. The really cool part of the Goat however is the private members speakeasy, membership is free to those in the know so I will let you discover more about this yourselves.
All in all I really like Goat; I would certainly take my family there in the evening and then perhaps once the oldies had gone home pop upstairs for cocktails and dancing in Drink. It is unpretentious and I love the fact that they have no minimum spend in the restaurant so it acts as a coffee/cocktail house in the day as well, so if you just want to sit outside on a bench in the sun, have an espresso martini and a sticky toffee pudding - no bother!