A mighty fine local with a firm focus on drinking as well as dining
From their bucolic riverside home in nearby Chiswick, Fuller’s local influence stretches far. A fair few of their pubs, including the nearby Stonemason’s Arms and George IV on Chiswick High Road, have been given makeovers, scrubbing them up until their rough edges are replaced by smooth, clean lines, expansive food menus and, dare we say, slightly less soulful places for a drink. Not so, the Andover Arms.
Here, in a villagey spot (known locally as Brackenbury) complete with pretty terrace housing, a butcher’s and a café-deli, you’ll find a Victorian pub offering plenty of room for drinking as well as dining. What’s great is that it feels like a proper boozer: there’s a wood-panelled bar that looks like it’s been around since the pub’s early days, creaky chairs, faded carpets and a roaring fire (during the winter months at least). Cheery staff only add to the snug, friendly vibe.
Craft beer might continue to boom across the capital, but there’s no chalkboard listing all the special brews here (they chalk-up their malt whisky selection instead). A slightly disappointing selection of three ale pumps provide Fuller’s ale staples, and the only nod to ‘craft’ is their own Frontier lager. They do know how to pour a good pint of Guinness (£4.50), though, and their wine menu’s worth exploring.
There are pies, cheese boards and smart fish dishes but thankfully, the food doesn’t upstage the drinking, with plenty of nooks and crannies to settle in for a sesh. Long may that continue.
|Venue name:||The Andover Arms||Contact:|
57 Aldensley Rd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat noon-11pm (lunch noon-3pm, dinner 6-10pm). Sun noon-11pm (food served noon-9pm)|
|Transport:||Tube: Ravenscourt Park|
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The Sunday lunch is best value. I last ate there on Sunday and the beef was perfectly cooked. A minor criticism that the green beans were slightly too crunchy for my taste was well received. And they have a fair tips policy which is probably why everyone who served us was so cheerful and helpful.
So this place was highly rated on Trip Advisor, hence we gave it a try. It is absolutely incredible food, at even more incredible prices. It really does feel like an old school pub when you walk in, but it is genuinely the best pub food I have ever eaten. And at prices that you would be happy to pay anywhere in the country, never mind in the middle of Hammersmith. What a rare little gem this place is!