Brown Dog

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© Ming Tang Evans
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Little changes at this gastropub in the backstreets of Barnes: from the cordial welcome to the pleasing decor to the well-judged menu. Chunky wooden tables and green leather banquette seating, stripped floorboards and cream panelling provide an upmarket yet friendly look; big windows make it bright by day, while copper globe lights and a polished red ceiling give a cosy glow at night. At the back is a sunny courtyard.

There are two real ales and a decent wine list, but most customers are here to dine. Simplicity is key to the shortish menu, which makes a virtue out of unfussy seasonal dishes that require minimal preparation and have wide appeal – an approach other pubs could emulate. So you’ll find oysters, a half pint of prawns, dressed crab, steaks and straightforward fish dishes, with plenty of salads and chips. A succulent burger with fluffy chips, and leek and mushroom pie with smooth mash and crisp french beans – both hit the spot. Puds combine comfort and richness to pleasing effect, majoring in chocolate, seasonal fruit and top-notch ice-creams.

If you’re in the West End, consider sister pub the Duke of Wellington in Marylebone. Design and vibe are similar to the Brown Dog’s, but turned up a notch, so the upstairs restaurant sports white tablecloths and a fancier menu.

 

Venue name: Brown Dog
Contact:
Address: 28 Cross Street
London
SW13 0AP
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm daily. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 7-10pm Mon-Sat; 6-9pm Sun
Transport: Rail: Barnes Bridge
Price: Main courses £13.95-£18

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3.6 / 5

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Debbie Scott

What a lovely pub, tucked away in a quiet residential street. The best thing about The Brown Dog, is being able to take my 2 boys with me for dinner (Barney & Malcolm, cocker spaniels). The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the staff and owner are very welcoming of their 2 & 4 legged friends. The food is wonderful, well cooked, lovely presentation. The only downside for me is the price. A little too expensive for a pub, the prices are more akin to a 5* restaurant. However, that aside, it really is a special place.

James

Just read a couple of the bad reviews and I had to put in my two cents. This is such a friendly and inviting pub. The decor is very well done and achieves an effortless class that so many gastro pubs strive for and fail to meet. The beers are not extensive, but what they have is very good, and i have never had a red wine that was not delicious. Highly recommended.

Olga K

Have just read two unrecognisable reviews of the Brown Dog, and feel compelled to add my comnents. We have enjoyed Sunday lunch on many occasions with our two dogs and have always been greeted and made to feel very welcome. The food has always been superb and the staff consistent in their good service and kindness to the dogs. I can't imagine a better place to spend Sunday lunch after a walk in Richmond park. The dinners are equally worthy of praise, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Brown Dog!!!!!!

ahm

I had Sunday lunch The Brown Dog last week and had a fabulous experience! The roast beef is to die for and the real ales, although limited, are well kept and very tasty. The atmosphere was buzzing and the staff were friendly and attentive. I love it and will be back!

Celeste

I am sorry, but I had sunday lunch here and it was an absolute disaster. Food was simply bad: I had seabass with potatoes, spinach and beurre blanc sauce... the fish was, in my opinion, not the freshest, the potatoes were burned and the spinach was soooo salty I could not eat it, all of it drowned in a sea of oily sauce. The staff, with the exception of a young man who was very kind, was incredibly rude to the extent you almost think it's a joke, honestly the attitude was unbearable. We almost had to apologise to them that the service was so slow and that we wanted a bit more bread....(actually the bread was the one good thing in this place). Obviously, I will never go back, unfortunate because I have a dog and it would have been great to go there as it is a dog friendly pub. A real Shame!