Owner Tom Conran was a gastropub pioneer, and the Cow continues to serve fine, pricey, fish-oriented food in its upstairs restaurant. Eating in the smallish downstairs bar is a different proposition: seating is pub-style (small round tables, banquettes and stools); the short menu is chalked on a blackboard, and no reservations are taken. It’s unpretentious, down to the anti-decor red lino and the yellowing ceiling, with drinkers at the front putting away well-poured Guinness and a good selection of Belgian and other beers, while diners at the back enjoy some fine food and a boho west London vibe.
Again, seafood takes centre stage, with oysters, whelks and winkles, and prawns by the pint. Tiger prawns, for a starter, were big and juicy, served in an unashamedly rich sauce. But the star attraction was fish stew with rouille and croûtons: mussels, salmon, little bits of fish in batter, all packed into a heavily flavoured, dark, dense and soupy sauce, dotted with little flakes of chilli (the rouille also packed some chilli heat) – a sumptuous version of a classic. Tagliolini with crab, tomato and chilli was also a winner: a generous amount of crabmeat, subtly warm with chilli, served with pasta cooked precisely al dente. The likes of steak and sausages round out the bar menu. Staff were charming.
89 Westbourne Park Road
|Opening hours:||Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3.30pm, dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-10.30pm Sat; noon-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||Royal Oak or Westbourne Park|
|Price:||Main courses £10-£22. Set lunch (Sun) £22 2 courses, £26 3 courses|
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Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
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Closest good pub to my flat so we go often. I have never had a bad meal, much less a bad time. I like going alone during the day to eat and then read or write...music is always phenomenal, usually good staff (not always though...some seem to think they are too hip to breathe the same air as you unless you are Sienna Miller). Wish they had their chicken liver pate more often because it rocks. Also, their steak temps can vary wide of thr mark so make sure you describe how you like it very clearly. Last note: this is NOT in Notting Hill. If I hear one more person correct me on that I'll scream.
Only ate in the upstairs restaurant recently but found the wine list quirky & interesting with some gems on the list such as a really refreshing Cotes de Catalanes white. We had some really good goats curd salad to start and then a Wood pigeon and a Mackerel. All well presented, tasted great & service was good, nicely paced & in no way overbearing. Will return soon.
Went for dinner on Friday evening and half full, which tells a story. It was very much like a home cooked meal but with very high prices. Simple menu so needs to be executed faultlessly, it was not. Service quite good and friendly. Value for money poor. We will not return.
I went for a sunday roast with my boyfriend and we were not impresses to say the least. poor service did not complement the mediocre roast that we were served. I mentioned to the staff we were in a litte bit of a hurry-it took them an hour to bring the roast, moreover, it was not prepared well. Also the waitresses was rude.
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