This Victorian shell of a pub, previously the Penny Flyer, has been skilfully renovated into a gastro pub, while still operating as a 'local' (offering a good selection of hand-pulled beers) - although some might say it's been over-designed.
Diners have been given their own area, with a refectory feel, away from hardened drinkers; and you can watch the kitchen at work while you wait for your meal
There has been a recent tendency towards more elaborate dishes, but in our experience (and from what we hear from others) the simpler, more honest, dishes work best.
Expect the likes of 'Smoked Haddock & Clam Chowder' and 'Seared Scallops with Pancetta' plus patés and salads among the starters; 'Chargrilled Chili Squid'; 'Whole Roast Brixham Plaice with Fondant New Potato and Orange Beurre Blanc' and 'Poussin with Chicory & New Potatoes' and various grilled meats among the mains. Sunday lunch is a real success, but tends to be heavily booked.
Desserts or of the Sticky Toffee Pudding variety, but 'Chocolate Nemesis' comes highly recommended.
Service is laid back, but helpful and friendly.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-15.00 (Sun 15.45), mains £9 to £17
- Dinner: all week, 18.00-22.00 (Sun 21.00); mains £11 to £20
- Seats: 75, plus 40 outside
- Wine: a concise list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: When possible, but no children after 20.30
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: South Ealing Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: L Mon, 25th Dec to 1st Jan.
- Outside eating