Work, love, friends and family. The four pillars of sitcom, you could argue, and ones without which ‘Big Bad World’ would collapse entirely. As it is, this Blake ‘Inbetweeners’ Harrison vehicle is amiable if inessential, following Ben (Harrison) as he returns to his dead-end hometown after years at university studying Norse Literature.
Only one thing has changed: while his parents (James Fleet and Caroline Quentin) smother him and his mates are locked into old routines, his ex has shacked up with a hunky-yet-sensitive copper. And guess what? He still holds a candle for her. Amid the standard-issue faux pas and idle banter come a few flashes of inspiration – notably the box-ticking job interview – but surprises are generally few and the laughs gentle.
A few minutes north of Ladbroke Grove tube you'll find The Eagle nestled over two floors of prime London real estate. When you first walk in you're met with a homely pub vibe: stools around the bar welcome you in, beyond which soft sofas await and an open fire. Upstairs are two more rooms to find solace in: the 'cocktail cupboard' and 'spirit station'. Above the bar you'll notive two giant cylinders of Truman's Raw, as The Eagle is the only place in the capital you can get this stuff fresh from the tank. Alternatively, you can get Orbit Beer or Cote Breton Brut Cidre on tap and Beavertown from the fridge. Plus there's a good selection of wines from South Africa to South America, with a number of European bottles in between. If you're here for food you'll find fancy British pub grub, featuring dressed Dorset crab, ale battered cod and chips, smoked ham hock and cheddar toasties and a good ol' Sunday roast (for carnies, veggies and vegans alike).
Venue says: “'What’s your beef Wednesdays'. A flat iron steak, choice of sauce, fries, plus a glass of house wine or a pint of Truman’s Raw for just £15.”