An upmarket Fulham pub with a very serious restaurant (and wine list to match), showcasing prime British produce through skilled, imaginative modern cooking.
The Harwood Arms looks like a pub (albeit an upmarket one) with its large windows, cream walls and green panelling, widely spaced scrubbed tables and bar counter proffering a couple of real ales on tap – but, really, it’s a restaurant. And a much sought-after one at that, so expect to book, provide credit card details and be given a two-hour time slot.
Prime British produce is key, with a mounted deer’s head reminding diners that game is a speciality (vegetarians, take note: there’s nothing for you here). A main course of grilled haunch of Berkshire roe deer was indeed special: deep-flavoured, tender, pinkish meat, accompanied by beetroot, slivers of roast onion, pickled mushrooms and a rich jus. Halibut (from the specials board) was also masterfully cooked, but in size smacked of fine dining rather than pub, with a mere smear of brown shrimp sauce and a few strands of samphire: not enough to make a complete dish.
A starter of Cornish sardine ‘tart’ with heritage tomatoes failed to elevate the humble fish, but fig leaf and honey pudding with blood nectarine (fresh, and as ice-cream) was a fabulous mix of subtle, summery flavours. Our waiter (in a dressed-down uniform of pale blue shirt, skinny jeans and Converse) provided gauche but efficient service. The brown-paper wine list is a serious affair, worth splashing out on.
|Venue name:||Harwood Arms||Contact:|
Corner of Walham Grove and Farm Lane
|Opening hours:||Open/snacks served 5-11pm Mon; noon-11pm Tue-Fri; noon-midnight Sat; noon-10pm Sun. Lunch served 12.30-3pm Tue-Fri; 12.30-4pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6.30-9.30pm Mon-Sat; 7-9pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Fulham Broadway|
|Price:||Main courses £19-£22. Set lunch (Tue-Fri) £20 2 courses, £25 3 courses|
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Although the food it's amazing we have lost a great pub in the neighbourhood - I secretly hope it gets back to its roots.
Stopped in for lunch today, with my daughter, son-in -law, and 10 day old granddaughter. To start the Venison Scotch Eggs not only lived up to all the hype, but exceeded my expectations, they had taken my son when he visited from the "States" two years ago. To follow the Braised neck of Herdwick lamb with rosemary curd, artichokes and garlic 'Melted" in my mouth. To finish we shared some warm donuts with two dipping sides that were most pleasing to the palate. Considering the time it was quite busy. Two other side notes: I had to change my granddaughter's diaper/nappy while I was there and they set up a table for me in a side room. Also, there was another couple from Australia, in town for the Cricket Matches, who were constantly chatting about our baby, and they indicated that from their hotel, they hopped in a cab and told the driver to take them to the best place to eat, The Harwood Arms was the destination. They loved it. They were coming back before they left London. Finally, the cost, very reasonable, yet the atmosphere was unpretentious. I will be back whenever I'm in London. "Thanks again for the fine food and most important the changing table." I rarely write reviews.
Visited for the first time yesterday and had a fantastic lunch. Evenings were booked up a week in advance so settled for a weekday lunch (booked the night before). Even for a late-ish lunch (1.30pm, so expected the work-lunch crowd to have left and there to be little atmosphere) there were a nice number of diners, not too full but certainly not dead. Had some bar snacks to start, which were superb. Then had the venison with crispy garlic potatoes which. was. to. die. for. Portion size was perfect and the wine was well paired with the food, thanks to an extremely informative wine list. I walked away feeling that despite being reaaaaasonably pricey, I had received excellent value for money. I can not recommend this place enough and will certainly, without doubt, be visiting again. 5 stars.
Having been to the Harwood on many occasions now I would, without doubt, rate it as one of the top 20 restuarants in London. The service, food and pricing are always spot on. The menu changes frequently enough to keep clients interested, and the food is made by an ANGEL!! Amazing tastes and twists on tradition without making the food over fussed or pretentious.