[West London] Decent Gastropub for tonight?
- frogprince Oct 23, 2008 07:28 AM
I'm entertaining an Italian businessman who I've taken to Indian, Chinese Persian and Dim Sum over the last few days. Last night and I thought I'd take him somewhere simple tonight...
I'm looking for a simple restaurant or gastropub in the Hammersmith/Chiswick/Richmond area. Any ideas on the best one that I can get a booking for or turn up early? He eats everything and I am a pescetarian...
Good wine list would be a plus though I don't want a heavy night as we are flying out early in the morning...to be continued on the SF board!
Ah - my local area. I'd head for either of these two:
Princess Victoria is probably the most interesting / new thing around. Went there last night for dinner, but a long wait for a table, so we had bar snacks instead - which were: Potted crab, Stilton, apple and walnut salad, and a huge board of Spanish cured meats with quince paste and manchego. It's been consistently good there - the place is newly renovated. Very noisy tho, not great for a quiet chat.
Then there's The Carpenters Arms on Black Lion Lane, also recently refurbished - similar deal food-wise, a little more expensive, and little more formal.
Then there's the old guard: The Anglesea Arms and The Raven (much more beery). The Dove on the river for something historic - but food is less of a feature there.
Any questions, ask away.
They both have good wine lists - the Princess Vic more so I'd say. Everything from a £12 bottle to £hundreds.
Hmmm, I wouldn't say either was especially noted for fish / veggie, but there's always been something on the menu to my memory.
If you want something purely fish, there's FishHook and Fishworks - both in Chiswick. Never tried FishHook, but Fishworks is always good, if a more generic experience. Doesn't tick your gastopub box mind you!
I'd probably plump for the Princess Vic on balance. A friend of mine reviewed it here, she's an ex wine journalist too: http://www.timeout.com/london/bars/re...
Be interested to hear where you get to, and what you think.