There’s a degree of accomplishment here that’s missing from many otherwise distinguished gastropubs. Perhaps the well-spaced chairs and tables to one side of the bar lend an air of Parisian-brasserie dignity that would be lost if the front sofas-and-slouching section extended further; perhaps it was just the combination of a leafy beer garden, a summer’s day and a zingy lemon and ginger mojito. Duck egg with brown shrimps, unadvertised but welcome capers, samphire and sourdough toast made a perfect starter, while the wonderfully textured main of plump orzotto (pear barley risotto), rendered an appetising green by its broad beans, only suffered from a degree too much parmesan. The menu is inventive – in the addition of slightly overpowering hazelnuts to asparagus with pea shoots, perhaps too much so – and due attention is given to details such as an excellent side of mash. The onglet could have been rarer, and offering a whole marrowbone to scrape out might be too much of a good thing, but the accompanying dressed parsley salad with thin rings of onion was superbly judged. Drinks on tap are also worth exploring: on this visit, Sharp’s summer pilsner flavoured with thyme.
122 Chiswick High Road
|Opening hours:||Open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served noon-4pm Mon-Fri; noon-5pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Thur, Sun; 6-10.30pm Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Turnham Green tube|
|Price:||Main courses £9.50-£18.50. Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £5 1 course|
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Average User Rating
3 / 5
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You really have to pick your time with this place. Yes, it has the most fantastic beer garden in Chiswick -as in it is a proper garden and somehow a bit Lewis Carroll- but if you go for a weekend lunch be warned that it is Chiswick's middle class creche. Hoards of kids with names like "Oscar" and "Chloe" will race around and between the tables, largely unattended.
However, of an evening on a school night, the place is quite different. The bar staff are terrific and friendly, the vibe is good and Oscar and Chloe are at home, tucked up in bed.
The menu really shines in late autumn. Most menus do, but things like the roast and the bangers and mash are a cut above here. (Maybe it's the gravy? Maybe I should just order gravy?)
I have been here a number of times and the food is really delicious. The menu is good value and clientel are very typical of what you expect in Chiswick. The staff are very friendly and very customer focused. A real plus is that this pub is very dog friendly so you can have a fantastic meal and include the whole family. I really cannot fault this place it is one of my favourite gastropubs in the whole of London. Please don't change. I don't understand why the manager has been criticised. I would describe her a real professional. In my view she is efficient and polite! I look forward to my next visit.
My first visit on 19/05/2012 accompanied by a friend.The bar is spacious, and clean. We ordered Char coup de bouef, and big chips with kale, and mixed leaf salad. The meat was definitely marinated, and cooked to perfection...this was gourmet ! the chips which were served in a hot small pot were equally delicious. The wine is somewhat expensive, however the glasses were warm as they should be, and CLEAN. With the competition of the "cheap pub grub" the quality is superior. This meal for two came to £61.00 approx, including the wine which was £18.00 approx. The waiter Michele was very pleasant, and efficient. I will return to sample the £5.00 meal deal which is usually served up to 17.00. Quite an enjoyable experience indeed 4 stars: taking in to consideration the surrounding competition..somewhat expensive.
Going downhill I am afraid. Prices are rocketing and the new female manager is not what you would call friendly. I've been a customer since it opened but I more often walk on by these days. Shame, it used to be very good.