From page 12 of Classic Rock Magazine September 2006
WORDS: HENRY YATES
Place: Sticky Fingers What: The West London restaurant owned by former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.
Where: Phillimore Gardens, just off
Kensington High Street.
What’s it like? Given the Stones’ state of mind when they recorded the 1971 album of the same name, you might imagine Sticky Fingers to be a den of bacchanalian excess. Actually it’s a convivial little place where middle-class children are taken to celebrate good exam results, and fresh-faced waitresses bustle past with trays of apple crumble. According to the website, the culinary theme is a fusion of American and European – meaning lots of steaks, ribs and hamburgers. It’s refreshingly cheap for a celebrity restaurant too, with several main courses coming in at under a tenner. Sticky Fingers opened on May 9, 1989, shortly before Wyman quit the Stones. The reticent bassist has proved a success as restauranteur, winning various prizes for the quality of the food and managing to establish Sticky Fingers as a serious eatery rather than a tourist trap.
On a good night, gawpers will not be disappointed; everyone from Robert Plant to Bob Dylan has chowed down at Sticky Fingers over the years, and even when there’s nobody in you’ll be diverted by the wall-mounted memorabilia from Wyman’s Stones days.
Cost: £14.95 for a 16oz rib-eye steak.
What you get: Hopefully not goat’s head soup.
Must do: Look out for Bill himself. “He pops in every month or so,” the bubbly receptionist told us.