The Hampshire Hog in Hammersmith sounds like the start of a tortuous tongue-twister, but it’s actually a ‘pub and pantry’, run by the team who put the Engineer gastropub in Primrose Hill on the map. Spacious and bright, with white walls, fancy mirrors and distressed furniture, it’s an attractive place. Drinkers congregate at the front,diners at the back, next to the best feature: a large, partially shaded terrace and garden (though the rows of outdoor tables suggest it must get uncomfortably packed in good weather).
The menu is more restaurant than pub, with Asian and Middle Eastern touches as well as standard gastro fare (gnocchi, ribeye and chips). Generous portions and plentiful (good) bread mean you won’t go hungry. However, all our dishes were lacklustre, from the vegetarian sharing board with its limp tempura tofu and dried-out crudités to a special of overcooked stuffed chicken breast. Pork neck stuffed with apricot and tarragon was tender but lacked flavour, and dull vegetable purées popped up everywhere. The wine list offers plenty of choice by the glass, carafe and bottle, but beer drinkers won’t be impressed. Service was well meaning if gauche.
The food is where The Hampshire Hog really shines. Top-notch restaurant-quality food, attention to detail, locally sourced products and a killer drinks menu are what stand this gastropub apart. The restaurant also caters for those looking for a healthier option, such as daily freshly squeezed juices and a large selection of gluten-free and dairy-free options, including homemade cakes for people with special dietary requirements.
The Hampshire Hog also has three private dinning rooms, perfect for your special occasions, corporate/business functions or pop up events.