Journey at Chelsea Funhouse
After the dinner experience, head up for espresso martinis at a bar called Chelsea Black or go to lower ground to enjoy a vintage tipple at The Bletchley.
The restaurant has a very upbeat vibe with DJs playing Thu- Sat in the evenings.
Guests can choose for a Journey Experience or a la carte however we recommending going for the experience: a 2hr, 4 course and 4 drink tasting menu from different parts of the world.
Please note we operate a smart casual dress code
The Journey Experience £60pp
Experience unique flavours from a Journey of your choice. Choose from The Silk Road, Eastern Block, The Raj or Castilla and we will take your taste-buds to lands these Journeys touch. Each Journey comes with 4 courses and 4 drinks and lasts just under 2 hours. You can choose your Journey at the restaurant.
Terms and Conditions: Max 12 guests online. For bigger groups please contact the restaurant. Includes Tax, excludes service. The restaurant will hold your card for a £25 cover charge per person. If you don't show up or don't cancel 48hr before your time of arrival, you will be charged.
Valid For: 1 - 12 people
Starts: 16 September 2019
Ends: 16 March 2020
Availability: Sun 12:00-22:00
Overpriced with a very unpleasant ambience. Service was just okay. Food was good but it is ruined by the price and the surrounding atmosphere. In a nutshell the head chef must look for somewhere else to work.
Food quality needs to be improved, the service is good, the staff is very profissional, although overall not a good value for money.
Returning customer. I went for a different journey today. The food and the service gets better by the day (as expected from a new place). Must visit. Also try the world's end cocktail at the bar. Yummy
It was my second visit and need to say I’m in love with menu ideas and how they pair it with cocktails! My favourite journey so far is Castilla with delicious Sea Bass served with Chorizo.
Cool venue with modern music at the background. Perfect for dates and bday celebrations as they are preparing special desserts with sparkle!
Will come back soon!
Unfortunately I had my table 1 hour after reservation. I consider this a lack of organization even if they were busy. The staff at the bar was friendly during the waiting time. The food was good but expensive. The cocktails of the journey were top level .
Low quality food executed poorly and at times cold with mismatched drinks. Service was not refined and multiple times received the wrong dish. Service improved once we mentioned that we were not impressed
Took a while to seat us but once we sat down was worth it. Food was great and the matching cocktails made it even better. I would suggest putting salt and pepper on the table though as the lamb needs it.
All my food orders were wrong.... the bar man was not vet hygienic when he was making the drinks. He had no gloves and was constantly scratching his hair and mixing drinks with the same hand and adding cut fruit.
We were two for two "Journey" experiences, £60pp on Friday evening, and it was very average for the price point. The service was all over the place, with paired drinks not arriving with the dish. Of the "journeys" we selected the Raj and Eastern Bloc set courses, the cocktails were more like small tasting glasses which meant you had to buy more wine/drinks to go along with the food and some of paired drinks were awful. Was left with a negative impression of the whole concept and ambiance, so would not recommend.
Interesting menus. A good take on global food and the experience takes you on a journey. Great pairing cocktails too and good value for money. 60 quid and you are done. Its a totally new take on eating and drinking especially with the upbeat vibe so get ready for surprises. Visit all the whole venue for pre and post drinks. Def recommend and will be going back.
Excellent and fun place to go for a different culinary experience. Food and cocktails were delicious. The staff were excellent. The DJ played some great tracks.
As a vegetarian the food quality was quite poor. The drinks accompanying each course were not great either, we ended up having to order drinks of our own choice. One of the drink was like drinking fanta - super sweet and no alcohol.
The 'experience' is essentially in a pub with minimal decor. We had a table by the door so we were freezing. The main attraction i.e. the champagne puking unicorn was not working because it hadn't been refilled with champagne. On a Friday night which presumably would be their busiest night they didn't think to refill the unicorn. Poor judgement.
Had a friend in town from the USA so decided to bring her out here - waste of a Friday night. Should have known better than to assume we would get anything decent with £60 (4 course + 4 cocktails).
There was no vibe at all. The espresso bar on the top floor didn't serve any espresso drinks. Very confusing and the decor was overall unflattering.
We left hungry and angry at our (my) own judgement.
Only good thing was the music - DJ deserves to be employed somewhere better!
I'm so sorry you felt let down by your experience at Journey. As a new concept, we are improving all the time listening to your feedbacks. I hope you might give us another chance to impress you. We have an award winning vegan pizzeria at our flagship, Hackney Funhouse, which also has an immersive cocktail cooking experience. Would you like to come down sometime? I will personally make sure you are looked after! You can reach me on email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
I was really disappointed with my evening here. The food was below average especially for the price. I regret coming for my partners birthday and feel as if I need to take him somewhere else this weekend as a surprise to make up for this experience :(
Hi Maddi, Oh no, I am so sad to hear you didn't have the most amazing birthday celebration with your partner! Journey is a new concept; I am sorry we have not delivered to you yet. I would love to make it up to both of you, perhaps with a visit to one of our sister venues? We have a fantastic Hackney Funhouse, which I think might just hit the spot. Please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org - I will personally make sure we celebrate in style with you next time. Kindest regards, Kezia
Style over substance. The food was bland and unimaginative, the cocktails were more alcohol than taste. If they put as much effort into the taste and less on the spectacle, it would serve them well. Our table was facing out onto the way to the other floors so was constantly being banged as people went by, and lots of people went by. You couldn’t hear each other talk over the level of music and the waiter couldn’t hear us either, which may have added to the reason our order was incorrect. It wasn’t cheap and very disappointing.
Hi Helen, Thank you for raising these important points, your feedback is vital for us to improve and I am very sorry that we did not deliver on this occasion. Please drop me a line at email@example.com, I would love to discuss these points further and hopefully make it up to you. I hope to hear from you soon.
Excellent service. Both at the door and table service. We all enjoyed the Journey experience. Everything was well-thought and prepared.
Will definitely visit again.
Really liked the concept of this experiential restaurant. Nice design and ambience gives it a good atmosphere, staff are attentive and friendly. £60 per head is great value for four courses and matched cocktails. However, the food really isn't that good. I'm fine with simplicity but some of it was flat and unimpressive, plus the no dairy deserts are a real misfire (there's no dairy across the whole menu). Did enjoy a couple of the seafood dishes, with oysters being the highlight. Wine is good value. It's worth checking out for something different.
Hi Tom, Thank you for your honest feedback. We are trying to give the dairy a miss as we think that's pretty great for our bodies and the environment (we also offer a fully vegan version of each Journey) - I appreciate we might not have hit the spot yet, but we are working on it! We truly hope you will give us another go in the future and see how far we have come. Many thanks, Kezia
Everything was incredible. The food was creative, delicious, and beautifully presented. Each course was paired with a fun cocktail. This is an amazing value for £60. I had the Castilla journey and my friend had the Raj journey. We couldn’t decide which one was better because they were both to die for.
The staff were so friendly and attentive. Our server was so sweet. The manager gave us a tour of all 3 levels of Chelsea Funhouse and introduced us to the unicorn. Everyone at all levels of the location knocked it out of the park. Bravo!
The atmosphere was fun and magical. The entire place is beautifully decorated and just begs to be featured on Instagram. My friend and I both commented on how great the space looked.
I highly encourage anyone interested to make a reservation and experience their own journey!
Really nice experience
Amazing food presented in 4 tasting menus with paired cocktails. Staff made us feel really welcome. Couldn’t recommend enough !!
Food and the music did they’re job. Staff - super attentive and very friendly. Cocktails were well balanced and delicious. I really recommend this place and its a great place to stay for a small party. Thanks again Chelsea Funhouse for making our night unforgettable!
The music was so loud we could not even speak. As we asked the manager to adjust the volume he told us we could leave if we did not like it. And we did. Totally disappointing.
Hi Nic, I have discussed your feedback with management. On the day in question, our General Manager did turn down the music for you, despite explaining that it is part of our vibe as a Funhouse. We were very happy to carry on accommodating you at the bar, and afterwards too, at our bar upstairs called Chelsea Black. I hope that helps clear things up! If you would like to discuss further, you can reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Kind regards, Kezia
The concept and food was amazing, the service was perfect. The Resturant did have a DJ and the music was very loud making it hard to speak but that was compensated by the food and drink.
Super friendly staff and great service. The menus were inventive and the cocktails paired well - it’s worth mentioning they are good cocktails too , normally they are too sweet elsewhere. Food was very tasty , if I had to be critical the desserts weren’t as inventive as the other courses
The volume of the music was way too loud! You couldn't event talk to each other.
Hi Anna, I'm so sorry to hear this. Sometimes we have live DJs too - as a Funhouse with two cocktail bars as well as our restaurant, it can definitely get pretty lively! I have passed your feedback to the management team who will address the music volume. Kind regards, Kezia
Unique and fantastic experience: You pick your culinary journey (I picked “eastern block”, my friends picked “Castilla” and “Silk road”) and then you get an amazing series of dishes (2 starters, one main and one dessert), each of them accompanied by a cocktail perfectly paired to food tastes. Great value for money too!
And if you haven’t had enough, you can head upstairs for a drink after dinner: Chelsea Black is lovely and cosy bar area with top class espresso martinis and much more.
This was the perfect anniversary location to go to with amazing food.
Albano, our waiter was superb. This made the evening. His knowledge of the menu and charisma were top drawer. Great dishes, perfectly paired with cocktails to suit. Highly recommend.
Fantastic experience. Very warm welcome, food was good, drinks very good too, nice lounge music. Thanks Francesco, very nice talks between meals. We highly recommend it for the experience. We tried 2 journeys from the menus and both were very interesting.
The food and cocktails were great, although this is sold as an immersive experience, which is misleading. It is a journey with the dishes being based on places in the world, but it is just that, four courses and a cocktail to pair with each. I would consider an immersive experience to include something outside of just the food and drink. The music in the venue was also so loud we couldn’t hear each other or the waiters tell us what our food and cocktails were.
Overall, food, drinks and service were great, although not exactly as expected and just way too loud for a restaurant vibe.
Fabulous meal and experience. Choosing and committing to a dining journey was a great way to try new flavours and open yourself up to new taste experiences - was incredible having cocktail pairing - a truly unique experience. Would highly recommend.
great experience - delicious food, good service, great concept. would recommend!
Good vibes. Good food. Good music. Must do
Great looking venue and fantastic food. The set menu journey idea was great and made things much more interesting. Good vibes, would recommend.
We found the food very bland , there was a certain amount of theatre to it which was fun but to the detriment of the food. I chose the eastern block vegan journey, my mushroom dumplings were tasteless stodgy lumps with very little mushroom in them . My potato cake tasted of absolutely nothing.
The service however was ok but even though we were on the latest sitting we were rushed off our tables and drinks that we hadn’t finished were taken away. We met some old friends there and I was embarrassed that I had even suggested going. It was such a disappointment
Hi Tia, Thank you for your feedback, we have addressed these points with the kitchen staff and have made some improvements in this area. I really hope you will give us another chance to deliver. Please get in touch with me at email@example.com to discuss further, I really hope we can make it up to you. Kindest regards, Kezia
Different concept for a restaurant and tasting menu. Food was very good, with cocktail tasting. There were non alcoholic cocktails on offer too. Good attentive service.
Excellent food and service. A really good experience.
The Journey experience was original, fun and different. The storytelling aspect from each region along with the cocktail pairing made for a really interesting culinary experience. I highly recommend the Castilla journey!
Good fun place. New place so some teething issues but all in all amazing. Try the eastern block journey.
The food was incredibly underwhelming for the price. Nothing bad, but also nothing I would care to eat again. You are meant to get a cocktail with every course, but the drinks were not brought to the table until we were already half way through the food every time, which was a bit annoying. The drinks were pretty good though. Tip is included in the price, which was also frustrating as the service was pretty mediocre, except for the hostess who was very very sweet. My biggest complaint, however, was that the unicorn was broken. This champagne unicorn was the number one selling point and the reason i decided to book this reservation. we were not told until after the meal that it was broken. the little card advertising it was still attached to every menu (which it did not have to be as it was attached with a paperclip). this was incredibly disappointing, but ultimately, it happens... BUT when we went to sit at the bar after dinner, we were speaking to each other about how disappointing it was, and the bartender then thought it was his business to tell us "dont worry, you can still get your instragram photos. who cares anyway?" at first, we were trying to joke with him and be lighthearted about it (ultimately its just a funny gimick anyway), however, the bartender continued to make condescending and rude comments about our disappointment. yea, i get it, its a unicorn that spits champagne, its not the end of the world, but i think its fair to be bummed out when you booked a table a month in advance with this as the highlight only to find out after spending £80 that its not working. perhaps the bartender should go work in a hotel bar if he cant appreciate the main gimick that brings people to his bar... clearly, this guy is judging his clientelle instead of doing his job. i dont need to be told that my instragram followers wont know the difference between it working or not working. im not an instragram influencer, i wanted to drink the champagne, not just post about it.
I'm so sorry to hear about your experience with our Chelsea Pop unicorn. The picture of her on the menu was also the a la carte menu - we have since made these separate, just in case she lets us down again... I have had a word with the staff regarding your feedback, I appreciate their comments did not come across well and this will not happen again. Please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are up for coming back to Chelsea Pop, I will personally make sure she behaves for you!
The food is mediocre but worse than that is the very loud music, the overbearing waiters and the lack of coordination between paired meals and drinks. Overall a disappointing experience.
Hi Abi, Thank you for the honest feedback. I'm so sorry if our enthusiasm for the new concept has come across come across a little too keen. I have had a word with the management regarding this and we have toned things down. We are improving every day in response to feedback and I really hope you will consider giving us another chance. Please drop me a line at email@example.com if you would like to discuss further. Many thanks, Kezia
The food was delicious and the cocktails were fabulous.