We’ve come to expect a lot of the Martin brothers, Tom and Ed, whose family of gastropubs and restaurants includes the excellent Botanist in Sloane Square, The Gun in Docklands (a former Time Out gastropub of the year winner), and Victoria Park’s family favourite, Empress of India. Their new venture, the Hat & Tun, is very appealing on paper: a revitalised Victorian boozer with a lunch-only menu of pure and simple Britannia – Scotch eggs, potted shrimp, doorstep sandwiches, fish and cottage pies. Brews include the superb Adnams Broadside and bitter, plus Weston’s Old Rosie Cloudy Scrumpy Cider. It’s enough to get you singing ‘Knees Up Mother Brown’. So why did we leave thinking we should all go down the Strand and have a banana? It started well – friendly welcome, charming decor with fireplace and hunting trophies, a luscious half pint of sea-scented prawns. Pie and mash (there’s a choice of steak and ale, beef and onion, or chicken and mushroom) was generous and well made. But there is no place for immature, fridge-cold brie, or a chutney which tasted similar to Branston’s in a £7 ploughman’s. The ‘Londoner’ sausage roll, although nicely seasoned, was a smallish, lightweight affair ridiculously charged at £4 – you can get better at the Bull & Last in NW5 for just £2.50. If the Martin brothers want to reflect the ‘New Austerity’ – or indeed the local market – they’ve got some tweaks to make here. It’s Leather Lane food at Chancery Lane prices. But while the Hat & Tun seems at odds with the economic climate, it’s a sure salve against the natural one. When grey days have you hankering for a pint and a game of darts in a lovely refurbished pub, this is a fine destination. You can grab a banana down the market afterwards.
The Hat and Tun offers an eclectic menu which caters to every individual’s needs; from Colchester rock oysters to whole roast suckling pig with apple, boulangère potatoes and sage gravy followed by a selection of homemade ice creams, giving you and your taste buds an experience to remember.
Private dining is available in their upstairs dining room – perfect for private meetings, lunches or dinners - plus there's a ‘snug’ at the back of The Hat and Tun, which can accommodate up to 25 guests. Additionally, you are able to exclusively hire the whole The Hat and Tun venue for up to 100 guests. They cater to all events so if you’re looking to celebrate a birthday party, business meetings, private drinks or wedding reception, they will ensure your event goes smoothly and is one to remember.
Conveniently located for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies at the Chelsea old Town Hall as well as other venues and churches, The Hat and Tun is the perfect place to celebrate your big day. They can help you to create the perfect romantic event by assisting you with all aspects of your day including flowers, wedding cake, photography and any entertainment.