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The Chelsea haven of Italian country cooking

The area of Brompton Cross in South Kensington attracts some of London’s most discerning visitors and the warmth, intimacy and Italian charm of Daphne’s is at the heart of its appeal. Founded in 1964 by theatre agent Daphne Rye – the woman who famously discovered Richard Burton – this London institution has long been a favourite amongst the residents of Chelsea, as well as visitors from further afield. Its seasonal Italian country cooking, sourced with great attention to detail, is justly famed around the world.

Half a century after its establishment Daphne’s reopened its doors in June 2014 to reveal a glamorous new look. The esteemed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio created a space that represents the vibrant colour palettes of Italy, ensuring that Daphne’s maintains the effortless charm and familiarity synonymous with that country’s rich culture. Highlights include the pink marble-topped bar, vintage Italian 1950s Murano glass chandeliers and a perceptively curated collection of European modern art adorning the walls.

 

Half a century after its launch, the great and the good still flock to this chic South Kensington destination for seasonal and traditional Italian fare.

Andy Lines, Telegraph.co.uk

The dazzling bar, inspired by the Venetian drinking dens of the Grand Tour, is ideal for dining for up to 14 people and serves a drinks list that carries a distinct flavour of the homeland. There is a robust choice of staunchly Italian staples on the menu, but a lighter side was introduced with seasonal salads and a selection of carpaccio dishes.

This chic, understated restaurant is a delight all year round: in summer, the conservatory roof opens to create an alfresco feel; in winter, a blazing fire in the ornate hearth turns it into an intimate retreat.

Daphne’s has a sister restaurant on Paynes Bay in St James, Barbados.