Though Lots Road is within stumbling distance of Chelsea Harbour, it seemed unlikely to be residents of the luxury development filling the tables here on our Monday evening visit. The large corner pub, part of the London-wide Food & Fuel chain, is tastefully decorated in pale green shades with feature wallpaper and standing lamps, but it’s a little scuffed around the edges, and service can be perfunctory. Family groups and noisy post-work drinkers formed most of the crowd.
The bargain start-the-week set meal is a definite draw. As with the main menu (which features sausage and mash and cheeseburger alongside specials such as chargrilled côte de boeuf, or sea bass with samphire), choices on the ‘two courses for a tenner’ deal aren’t wildly exciting, but fit the bill for a no-fuss meal out with friends.
Jugs of tap water are brought as a matter of course, allowing you to eat cheaply without feeling cheap. Both our starter of courgette, tomato and edam tart – a wobbly, custardy slice – and main course pea and mint risotto were under-seasoned, but generous portions. To drink, there are a few wines costing under £20 a bottle and Adnams on tap.