A Gastro-Pub of a high order, but visually not far removed from its spit and sawdust roots with its wooden floor boards, Victorian décor and a winter log fire. Even the boisterousness in the open-plan kitchen adds to the experience.
The daily-changing menu is displayed on a large blackboard. Depending on the season, perhaps start perhaps with ‘Chilled Pea & Ham Soup with Horseradish Creme Fraiche’; ‘Pressed Ham Hock Terrine with Piccalilli & Toast’ or ‘ Raw Wild Sea Trout with Chili, Watermelon, Broad Beans & Sea Arrow Grass’.
This maybe to be followed by ‘Roast Confit of Rabbit with Mash and Savoy Cabbage’; ‘Pan-Fried Hake with Warm Tomatoes, Fine Beans & Herbs’ or ‘55-Day-Aged Braised Middlewhite Pork with Smashed Carrots & Roasted Onions’.
Simple, but well-executed desserts might include ‘Lemon Posset with Raspberry Coulis’; ‘Dark Chocolate Tart with Cherries’ and ‘Treacle Tart with Chantilly Cream’.
Service is friendly and efficient, but arrive early, as no bookings are taken.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Sun 12.30-21.00; mains £14 to £18
- Dinner: all week; 18.00-22.00 (12.30-21.30 Sun); mains about £14 to £20
- Seats: 50, plus about 20 outside
- Wine: a short, but adequate, list kicks off at around the £19 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Goldhawk Road or Ravenscourt Park Underground
- Directions: Off Goldhawk Road. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: L all week, check Christmas openings
- Outside eating