An excellent gastro pub, originally a gin palace - and still having plenty of that feel - run by a team with plenty of top restaurant experience. Eat in the bar, the designated dining room or in their splendid herb garden (where you can also enjoy one of their Cuban cigars).
While you can still enjoy real ales, there have been complaints about their pricing - and the high quality of the food of offer is the raison d'être for most.
The kitchen's style is on down to earth simplicity. So expect the likes of 'Potted Crab'; 'Bayonne Ham'; 'Brawn Terrine' and 'Oak Smoked Eel & Wild Mushrooms on Toast' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Braised Rabbit & Smoked Sausage Pappardelle with Girolles'; 'Pot au Feu'; 'Pan-Fried Sea Trout Linguine'; 'Hake Fillet with Clams, Smoked Eels, Macaroni & Vegetable Cream Sauce' and 'Rib Eye Steak with Triple-Cooked Chips' listed among the mains.
If you still have room, you might be tempted by 'Sticky Toffee Pudding'; 'Cherry Clafoutis with Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Golden Ricotta Cake with Fresh Apricots & Apricot Purée' or 'Sticky Jamaican Ginger Cake with Poached Rhubarb Ice Cream'.
Sunday lunch brings traditional roasts.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-15.00 (Sun 16.30); set L £12.50 (2 courses) to £15.00 - plus bar snacks; mains £12 to £24
- Dinner: all week 18.30-22.30 (Sun 21.30); mains £12 to £24
- Seats: 150, plus 40outside
- Wine: an impressive list, put together by co-proprietor Matt Wilkin, kicks off at about £17, but specialises in wines from small estates
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Shepherds Bush Market Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating