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Aug 6, 2011 04:11 PM

Substitue for Harwood Arms [London]


We have booked Harwood Arms for our first night in London - Mon 29 August, and have just been informed that they're going to be closed for renovations. So disappointed!! It was the perfect choice for our first night as it's close to where we're staying and after arriving that morning from a long international flight wanted somewhere with great British food in a somewhat casual environment. Can anyone recommend a good alternative that fits the same criteria? Our other two nights in London we've booked The Ledbury and Pollen Street Social. We're off to Paris after London so would prefer some where that isn't French focussed. Thanks in advance!

Pollen Street Social
10 Pollen St, London, England W1S 1, GB

127 Ledbury Rd, Kensington, England W2 5, GB

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  1. There is a pub called the Atlas not too far from the Harwood Arms, and the food is quite good. It's first come first serve and very comfortable to enjoy a pint and hang.

    1. My favorite gastropub is London is The Bull & Last. We had dinner there in July, along with dinners at The Ledbury, Harwood Arms, The Square, Roganic, and Hedone. We also had cocktails at Pollen Street Social, which were quite good.

      Pollen Street Social
      10 Pollen St, London, England W1S 1, GB

      127 Ledbury Rd, Kensington, England W2 5, GB

      1. How about the White Horse in Parson's Green - also known for their beers.

        If you are willing to travel further, Hix could be a possibility I've enjoyed the food in the Soho location (albeit >1 year ago).

        In that vein, Coach and Horses in Farringdon might be another one. Really enjoyed the food there -- it's closer to restaurant food than pub food but I thought it was well made.

        The White Horse
        1-3 Parsons Green, London SW6 4UL, GB

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        1. re: limster

          Hi, Thanks for the suggestions. The Bull & Last is appealing but a bit further than we want to travel on our first night. The other places I have in mind are Great Queen Street which seems to get some good reviews and Wild Honey which whilst I know is not a pub has a nice british menu and doesn't appear to be an overly "stuffy" establishment. Any thoughts on these two?

        2. Your main problem is going to be that the 29 August is a public holiday in the UK so lots and lots of places will be closed. I think you need a long list and then spend time speaking to them, even if open they may not have full menus.

          Wild Honey is good as is Great Queen St - GQS doesn't open Sunday night so good chance they won't open Monday, Wild Honey does a short opening Sunday so may be OK for Monday.

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          1. re: PhilD

            Thanks, PhilD - you've helped us a lot with our upcoming trip from Heichinrou in HK, which we've booked, to this! I've made a booking at Wild Honey and happy to know that you think it's good. After that we're off to Paris and have booked Chez L'ami Jean, Les Papilles, Chez Dumonet and Regalade St Honore, and then off to Beaune - can't wait!!

            1. re: eatingdiva

              You will be fine with Wild Honey, not quite as laid back as GQS (all wood panelling and booths) but the food is very good. Enjoy!

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