Medlar is owned by Joe Mercer Nairne and David O'Connor. It is our first restaurant venture and the aim is to provide fantastic food and service in a relaxed environment. We hope our combined experience in some of London’s best restaurants will help us achieve this.

David O’Connor

Co-owner and manager David O’Connor. He’s as passionate about high quality service as he is about his football team. David wants you to feel relaxed when you choose to come to Medlar and ensures that the team focuses on the basics whilst allowing the individual personalities of the staff to shine through in a natural manner which helps make Medlar unique. David is a body language expert and avid student of psychology and his service philosophy is all about brilliant basics and magic touches designed to enhance the feelings of hospitality.

Before opening Medlar he spent 15 years running the Front of House teams at Chez Bruce, The Square and The Ledbury.

Joe Mercer Nairne

After attending Eton and Oxford University, where he read Archaeology and Anthropology, Joe embarked upon his culinary career. He first attended Leith’s School of Food and Wine in 2001, only deciding afterwards to make cooking his profession. Roles at Carluccio’s, The Savoy Grill and Chez Bruce followed, along with a spell in Sydney working at Neil Perry’s Rockpool.


"I can't think of a gentler, more understated and confident restaurant opening in years." 7.5/10
Giles Coren, The Times Read Full Review
"The food was unexpectedly good, a lunch of this quality, is the best value anywhere in Chelsea." 4/5
AA Gill, Sunday Times
"Ridiculously good indeed." 9/10
Matthew Norman, The Telegraph Read Full Review
"Medlar is as good as it gets"
Jay Rayner, The Observer Read Full Review

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