Admiral Codrington

I was excited to be invited to review their Spring fare last month; they have just been awarded a Rosette for culinary excellence from the AA recognising their outstanding menu and the work of their Head Chef.

About two or three years ago, when the burger scene exploded in London, The Admiral Codrington was famed for their burgers.  There was an avalanche of reviews and
tweets about it but I never quite got to taste them.  They still have a Tuesday night burger  special. I must go back for that!

The Ad Cod as known by the locals, is situated in the affluent area of  Sloane Square and South Kensington. It offers an aspiring array of well-crafted dishes at a higher culinary level than the old pub staple.

There is a bar at the front of the property, and nice airy dining room at the back, with wooden floor, a few booths, and a partially retractable ceiling.  The lighting was flooding in when we arrived at 6.30pm (it’s Spring) ; it was the last of the sun on that evening.  As you enter through the pub bar area, there’s a buzz about the place, as you move on to the restaurant area the ambiance is a bit more low-key. However, when almost all the tables were occupied around 8.30pm, it was lively.

wine at Admiral Codrington

The excellent wine list with prices starting at £19/bottle and with an average price of £35/bottle, with a section called The Cellar offering some unique wines priced from£60-£450.  They serve cocktails at average cost £9/each. There’s something for every occasion and pocket.

The food menu is comprehensive and divided in Nibbles and share, Small Plates, Salads, Big Plates, sides, desserts and digestives.  There’s something for everybody’s taste and diet requirements.  The ingredients and produce are English and locally sourced as much as possible.

Looking at the menu and making choices at The Admiral Codrington was quite a task! Everything sounds amazing. I don’t know about you, but I look discreetly around other tables to see what people are eating before I make my decision.  In this case, all plates in the vicinity look great! Quite generous portions too! Eventually, we made our decisions…

Our meal at Admiral Codrington

The service was attentive and polite. Very helpful having the dishes explained to us. That made easy for us to decide on the order.  My dish of scallops was divine, perfectly cooked, full of textures! Excellent.  The bloody Mary cold soup was perfectly seasoned, with a bit of a kick – another good choice!

The main course was a succulent beef fillet, shin Wellington, mushroom purée, pickled Girolles and a remarkable stout reduction – I usually don’t like many pickled things, but the Girolles were perfect in the dish.  I want the recipe!

After much debate and with our bellies happily full, dessert was a refreshing single scoop ice-cream and for me,  for the purpose of this review chose a chocolate fondant and more ice cream!  We had a great a time munching over delectable dishes. Perfect ending to a hectic Wednesday.


Admiral Codrington
hand dive scallops, cod mousse, glazed pork belly & wild garlic purée


cold blood- Mary soup


Admiral Codrington beef
Beef fillet, shin Wellington, mushroom purée, pickled Girolles and stout reduction



refreshing ice cream


Admiral Codrington desserts
Chocolate fondant
chocolate soil, mascarpone, coconut

Disclosure:  I was a guest of Admiral Codrington. All views are my own.



  1. Corinne
    June 4, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    It looks delicious! All the food is really we presented. I could have caused some damage to my bank balance with that wine list!

    Corinne x

  2. beautyqueenuk
    June 4, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Wow the Beef fillet, shin Wellington, mushroom purée, pickled Girolles and stout reduction look just absolutely amazing x

  3. LilysLittleLearners
    June 4, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    The food looks lovely 😀 I do love when a restaurant puts real effort into presentation 😀

  4. Jessica Ayun
    June 5, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    From the starter until the desserts, all make me want them to try. The Beef looks heavenly.

  5. Caffeinated Reactions
    June 5, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    YUM!! This is my kind of food! Love scallops! If I am ever in the area then I'll need to go

  6. Tanya Brannan
    June 5, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Wow! That all looks so good! I will definitely need to plan in a visit to the Ad Cod! X

  7. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    June 5, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    Ooh it looks like wonderful food – I can never resist a chocolate fondant!

  8. June 6, 2016 / 11:30 am

    The pudding looks amazing! I need to try coconut sorbet now! 🙂 x

  9. Sally Akins
    June 6, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    This looks like a fab place to eat – I love the sound of everything you had, but the beef looks particularly gorgeous!