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Time Out says
Posted: Wed Sep 25 2013
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.
Hampshire Hog says
Hampshire Hog 227 King Street
- Venue phone:
020 8748 3391
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 11:30am-11pm Sat: 10am-11pm Sun: 10am-10pm No more breakfast Lunch Mon-Fri: 12pm-4pm Lunch Sat: 12pm-4pm Lunch Sun: 12:30pm-4:30pm Dinner Mon-Sat: 6pm-10:30pm Dinner Sun: 6pm-9:30pm
Tube: Ravenscourt Park or Hammersmith
Main courses: £11 - £21 Meal for two with drinks and service: around £65
- 227 King Street
- 020 8748 3391
- 227 King Street
- Hampshire Hog
Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
- 5 star:8
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:4
- 2 star:4
- 1 star:2
The food seems to have really gone downhill since it first opened, which is a real shame given that we were so hopeful when it opened. Very nice atmosphere though but might be time to change the chef....
The £14 (£15.75 after service) Hand Made Burger Was Awful. Yes, I Did Say £14. For That Money It Should’ve Been The Best I've Ever Had. And If It Was, I Would Be Happy To Pay £14. But It Sucked! I Have Tried A Few Other Dishes There And They Were Also Expensive And Very Poor For The Price Charged. I Would Rather Starve Than Eat There Again. The Staff Are Nice, Shame About The Rest. I Advise You To Check The Price Before You Order Anything. Or Better Yet, Just Don’t Go!
We really want to love this place given the lack of decent gastro pubs in the area but despite the good atmosphere, the food just never seems to hit the mark. Tonight, to start, we had what can only be described as mini jacket potatoes topped with potato salad and something fishy (reminded me somewhat of what I might serve to my kids, albeit less tasty). For a main the lamb was extremely fatty and in places almost raw. Our friend had a steak, supposedly served with 'roast vegetables' which amounted to two very small slices of parsnip for decoration. For a bill of £200+ for 4 people it's sadly just not up to scratch.
We have been several times to the Hampshire Hog and have loved it each time. The food is imaginative and made with best quality ingredients, the service is attentive, laid back and good fun and the atmosphere is buzzy and urban. We and our teenage offspring are delighted this restaurant opened in Hammersmith.
This has settled down to to a good local, great garden, lovely staff, best bloody Mary in west London. Jazz brunches have been great- good to have a local that serves good beer as well good food!
Service fine. Food overpriced. Portions small without the quality to justify size. House rose warm, sharp and vinegary. Live locally- great setting and building- really wanted it to be great and come here loads. Won't sadly.
We've been to this gastropub 3 times now, wanting to be impressed by the food as it is a beautifully decorated place, with a good concept, and the atmosphere is great, however the food has disappointed each time. A few examples from our last visit - the risotto was way too garlicky, and didn't seem to be 'properly' made in the slow-cooked manner (not creamy-sticky like good risotto should be, just soupy rice), the chicken and chorizo was almost unbearably salty, the gnocchi was also pretty salty and slightly burned. To top it all off, the service was terrible - we were left nursing our finished dinner plates for about 25 minutes before we had to ask for them to be cleared away, so by this point we had gone off the idea of dessert and made for a quick exit. The Anglesea Arms just round the corner beats it hands down every time.
I had heard great reviews and so my husband and I looked forward to a lovely Sunday lunch there last weekend. Unfortunately we didn't get as far as being seated. When I did intercept a waitress to ask if it was ok to have a look at the garden, she didn't even raise a smile or to say that she would be along to see us shortly. The garden was pleasant enough but noisy with children running around and we had to step over a couple of dogs en route! So we came back inside, found what looked like a lovely table and I approached another waiter to ask if it was ok to take a seat. He too was busy and asked us to wait while he tended to another order. 2 minutes was enough of a wait. We were clearly in everyones way – two unnecessary customers – so feeling very uncomfortable, we left and headed for the nearest restaurant on the same strip, the Mahdi, an Iranian restaurant which was extremely welcoming, and the food was wonderful.
I booked The Pantry at the Hampshire Hog for a party (drinks, canapes) of 25 people. I couldn't be more pleased with how it went; the manager (Joss) got in touch with me right away and was very proactive in helping make the arrangements, and staff on the night were excellent. Wine and canapes were great too. I really liked this pub, it's nicely laid out and decorated, good atmosphere and (so far) not too crowded. The Pantry was a great space for a party too, semi-private, just right. Based on my experiences, I'd say the teething troubles reported in the review have been overcome.
We loved the Hampshire Hog. Visiting London for the weekend, we were looking for a relaxed gastropub with good food and were not dissapointed. The atmosphere is friendly and busy. We had their excellent pork plate (my only complaint was that they could not make the plate for 3 people --only 2 or 4 portions). Then we had steak and prok belly, prepared simply and cooked well. The wine selection was good for the food served, and the sommelier had real enthusiasm and knowledge once we started to discuss.
Although i was expecting a gastropub, the hampshire hog is a delightful restaurant with a pub feel to it. We went for dinner last night and was welcomed by engaging staff and polite service. The food was yummy, especially the sharing starters. I enjoyed my main which was duck leg confit, however i do feel that there could be more choices. Overall i would recommend this place for dinner or even a casual drink. I look forward to going back.
Having walked past this place every day on my way to work I decided to finally go in for dinner the other night. I was a little sceptical after some of the comments below but I can only sing praises for the place! The atmosphere was relaxed but staff were attentive (our waiter was charming) and the interior is warm but fresh. My partner and I shared the Grand Selection followed by the Cod and Steak. The starter was delicious and presented beautifully and the meat and fish for the main were cooked to perfection. Wine list has a great selection and the cocktail I had was delicious. Will definitely be returning again soon to this sparkling gem!
I have been to the Hog three times now and just LOVE it. The old Ruby Grand which I always walked straight passed is now completely changed. The Hog is light and friendly. The staff are great and love kids. Food is delicious and its just what we needed in the area.
Contrary to the negative feedback below I have nothing but praise for the new Hog. I've been in several times since the opening, for breakfast, drinks and dinner and have had a superb experience every time. Yummy food, obliging staff and a lovely atmosphere abound. Any inconsistencies and issues have clearly been a result of teething problems and when raised were dealt with tactfully and obligingly. I think some people should have a bit of patience before lambasting anywhere so fickly on the web. Keep up the good work!
I liked the Engineer and was pleased to find them newly round the corner from where I work. I went during lunch - enticed to act as guinea pig for 50% off. The discount definitely helped ease the bitter taste I left with (figuratively speaking). Soup and Steak, that'd be easy I'd thought... That quick soup starter - nice but under-seasoned - took just under an hour to arrive! Teething problems as maybe, but after obviously having to cancel my main, the response received was, "Well if you'd have said when you arrived I would have told you to order something else". A nicely rehearsed apology. Palmed off with a small take-away salad, that didn't quite appease the appetite for steak I'd thought I could smell cooking, I left giving the benefit of the doubt. A month on, the doubt still remains and the discount has not. The food more hit than miss but not worth the price or the wait. I raise a glass to the manager who generously bought a round for the few colleagues I embarrassingly took with me the 2nd time, but so far my only tips to the waiting staff have been 'Service with a Smile and More Speed Less Haste'.
It was great to hear that we were getting a proper gastropub... The food is good but not amazing. The prices are a little high. The menu needs to be looked at - out of a party of 4 not one of us was inspired by the starters.. we all ended choosing from the bar snack menu. Service has not been great on any of our 4 visits. We keep hoping things will improve... we want them to succeed!
Have eaten here three times over the past 10 days.Dinner with a celiac friend was excellent.The staff were fully versed in the gluten free choices for her. Sunday lunch of roast pork was sublime served with a generous side portion of vegetables. Great coffee too!
The decor and service is unpretentious and the atmosphere very 'casual'. All is forgivable if the food lived up to its billing. My osso bucco milanese was disappointing, the veal was tough and dry and risotto overcooked. I sense the intention was there but was let down by the execution. I am sure once the teething issues are ironed out things will return to its glorious past.
Variable is the key word that comes to mind after our visit last week-The space is lovely, and the menu looks great. We were"served' by six or seven people during our lunch - service ranged from incompetent to cold/efficient at best. The actual food was a let-down- a chicken/avocado wrap looked and sounded great-however was depressingly short of chicken & avocado & taste - likewise a £14 chicken salad which was uninspired & bland. I'm sure these are teething troubles however when a steak & chips is priced at £26, yes £26, they really need to up their game to seriously take on the rest of the gastro pubs in the area.
The Engineer was an old favourite, and delighted if surprised when the team (or half of them) arrived in a new guise on King Street - not the most salubrious of roads. Simply but beautifully arranged space, airy and light, very friendly and attentive staff for our late morning visit, delicious roast mushrooms and garlic on toast with goat's curd (breakfast/brunch) and 'wounded eggs' (scrambled with chorizo and it's oil). And no raised eyebrows about the energetic 1 year old accompanying us. Plans to return as soon as possible to work our way through the lunch and dinner menus. After winter the huge garden space will no doubt be packed - and if lunch there comes close to the long afternoons in the gardens of the Engineer then it will be a splendid summer in W6.