Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s Sticky Fingers, on Phillimore Gardens just off Kensington High Street, has been around since 1989, serving standard American fare decked out, as you might expect, in the fashion of a typical American diner with Stones memorabilia decorating the walls.
The ribs are the main attraction here, and thoroughly enjoyable they are to0 – soft and tender, the meat falls nicely off the bone and melts in your mouth. There are 5 flavours to pick from – St Louis Style BBQ, Spicy Peri Peri, Cajun Dry Rub, Classic Cantonese and my personal favourite, Sweet Tennessee Bourbon. On “Ribby Tuesday”, a Mini Revolution: half rack of ribs & fries, chunky apple coleslaw and 1 free drink can be had for £8.95, or for £2 more, a Solo Revolution, the same combination with a full rack of ribs (there is also a Double Revolution and a Party Revolution option). Certified bargains all.
The burgers, on the other hand, are just alright - good, soft and fluffy brioche buns; decent albeit slightly dry and overburnt chargrilled beef patties; a special Sticky Finger sauce that enhances the burger, but doesn’t compare to a lot of the other ‘special burger sauces’ out there. Fries too are only average, in fact probably slightly below average. But at 50% off on “Monday Madness”, a Sticky Fingers Burger with fries and a salad garnish comes in at under a fiver and at that price, one really can't complain. Onion rings are not discounted, but especially with the accompanying garlic mayonnaise, are pleasing and definitely worth a side order.
In a nutshell…
I can’t really recommend this place for its “award-winning” burgers, not when Byron just around the corner does them so much better, but the ribs are where it’s at for Sticky Fingers, and those they do very well. The very agreeable prices, especially on Mondays and Tuesdays, and fast and friendly service, make the overall offering even more appealing. They also do delivery to nearby areas.
1a Phillimore Gardens, Kensington, London, W8 7QG
Average Price: £10-£20