Once known as the Railway Tavern, this is an excellent foodie pub downstairs - but for more serious eating, and larger (linen-clad) tables, arrive early for a table in the small upstairs dining room.
Expect the likes of 'Guinness with Oysters' or 'Razor Clams with Chili, Garlic and Parsley'. Or for more serious eating, perhaps 'Braised Ox Tongue with Salsa Verde'; 'Onglet with Ceps'; 'Sea Bass with Roast Fennel, Artichoke Hearts and Tapenade' or 'Lamb's Kidney with Black Pudding and Mustard Sauce'.
Traditional desserts might include 'Rhubarb Fool'; 'Chocolate & Vanilla Semifreddo' and 'Strawberry Trifle, while there are excellent British cheeses from Neal's Yard.
Saturday and Sunday Brunch is deservedly popular.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.30-15.30; mains about £8 to £23; set L Sun £22 (2 courses), £26 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week; mains about £15 to £23
- Wine: a concise list kicks off in the low £20's
- Wheelchair access: With difficulty in ground-floor bar, not lavatory
- Nearest station: Royal Oak Underground
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page
- Closed: some Bank Holidays