For locals of certain age, this corner site with forever be La Finca. For two decades it was the place all south London folk came to learn flamenco, quaff sangria and put away some tapas. More recently it was bought by Rennaissance Inns, who’ve been turning ailing south London pub sites into smart, British-focused gastropubs; among them are Avalon in Balham, and Stonhouse and Abbeville in Clapham. For a while they ran this La Finca site as theWhite Hart pub, but now they’ve given it a makeover and new direction as the Tommyfield gastropub.
Food’s to the fore. Blackboards outside the pub proclaim its ethos: the fish is sustainable ‘where possible’. More blackboards inside list the day’s specials, which are succinctly organised under the headings ‘Fish – Pies – Grill’. Coley (aka saithe), a fish which the Marine Stewardship Council and others are proposing as an alternative to the likes of cod, appears battered with fat chips (£9); nice, crisp batter, though its flesh isn’t as firm-textured as cod (few fishes’ are).
The starter of ‘British meat board’ (£7) follows the current trend for robust flavours and British charcuterie, and although decent, this is no Harwood Arms or Bull & Last (the standards by which others should be measured). The scotch egg was overcooked and dry, and for some reason served cut in two, but the sausage roll was agreeably moist and fatty. The home-made piccalilli was nice touch.
Meat’s a big feature of the menu too, and although the sirloin steak was correctly rare, it was very thin-cut. Puds include sticky toffee pudding and jam roly poly with custard.
Tommyfield’s a good all-rounder, with enthusiastic and cheerful staff, a brief choice of proper real ales (Timothy Taylor Landlord and Sharp’s Doom Bar) and a wine list that’s decent too – including Spain’s most iconic style, red rioja. On our visit the place was buzzing with the kind of energy not seen since La Finca’s early days.
185 Kennington Lane
|Opening hours:||Open noon-11pm Mon-Wed; noon-midnight Thur; noon-1am Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Kennington tube|
|Price:||Meal for two with wine and service: around £60|
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Nice gastro pub: spacious, good decor and good light + delicious British pub fare with generous portion sizes. Brilliant choice for a Sunday lunch. Only major drawback in my opinion is that, while the staff are all very friendly, service has always felt disorganised to me ...trying to catch someone's eye can be as challenging as completing a Rubics Cube. They have an upstairs function room that books some pretty big-name comedians at times (...generally for warm-up tours I think which can carry with it an inherent risk!) and well worth looking out for if you're a Kennington local.
Great atmosphere and great food. Standard pub dishes on offer but also a few different things. Some delicious healthy fish options. Very friendly staff. Reasonably priced and accept taste cards making it ridicously good value.
l went to the tommyfield on sunday lunch and had tasty and juicy roast chicken ,my dad had roast beef very tender and huge portion good food in this pub
Really disappointed with food tonight; and don't think I will return. Was recommended the grilled haddock. It was overcooked and dry, the accompanying mash potato was barely warm. Service is lovely, but food is appalling value for money, and I left feeling very unsatisfied. There are so many good pubs in the area now, I will go elsewhere.