When talking matters

Mum doesn’t always plan things for us. She has a life too – seriously, she does.

Last evening she was meeting up with Sandra and we got to tag along. We were going to celebrate both their April birthdays in May because they have busy lives and do not get to see each other often.

We were going to this latest dog-friendly restaurant on our neighbourhood.

It was a short walk from home. We meandered the quiet, cobbled streets of Old Chelsea towards the Thames to Cheyne Walk – and where it was once Cheyne Brasserie is now No. Fifty Cheyne.

The Chelsea Flower Show may be over but there will always be flowers in this corner o fChelsea.

Couldn’t wait to see how they have transformed the interiors.

And once inside, we saw Sandra (sans Jesse) – and after a flurry of excitement, George and I settled down – and for the next four hours, the hoomans chatted non-stop. Even when the food arrived, and we were hoping for some bits – it seemed they have forgotten about us. But not the restaurant staff – they brought us water in a pretty bowl.

And you can tell – Mum didn’t take any photos of us once she and Sandra started chatting.

May’s comment: When four hours of non-stop talking wasn’t enough. We started at 7pm and almost the last to leave. Time flew. It’s been six months since Sandra and I last saw each other – and so much had happened. Our April birthdays were a reason to get together but it was more kindred spirit that we share.

The numerous “special” birthday celebrations have given me many meaningful moments spent with friends – ranging from ones that I have known almost all my life to those, like Sandra whom I have met though recently and share a kindred spirit. Yes, she has a cockapoo, Jessie who happened to come from the same breeder as Darcy. But she was a client too. I did her house and we became friends.

No. 50 Cheyne was a perfect venue for our birthday celebrations. Situated in quaint old Chelsea, it used to be the Cheyne Brasserie. Since March this year, it’s been transformed into an elegant, posh Provençal brasserie serving the best of English fish and meats, headed by Chef Iain Smith. Being right next to the Thames, the upstairs salon has river views.

Delicious food, good wines and lovely staff. And dog-friendly! There is a table reserved for dogs – so not sure what happens if there’s more than one reservation with dogs.

Located at 50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London SW3 5LR


  1. Julie

    Aha I wondered if this was dog-friendly! We went for a lovely dinner there with our neighbours. Next time I’ll book it so Barnaby can come too!

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