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London Gastropubs – The Dove at Hammersmith

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The Dove – 19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London, W6 9TA

In its idyllic Thames river side setting, The Dove at Hammersmith has been a popular watering place for generations. A pub has stood on this site since the seventeenth century.  It was in the pub that  poet James Thomson composed the famous strains of ‘Rule Britannia’.  The pub was also allegedly a place of  rendezvous between Charles II and  his mistress Nell Gwynne.

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Its recent history is no less interesting being  a favourite Thames pub for a large number of the finest actors, writers and politicians .

The attractive building has it own claims to fame,  The small space to the right of the bar, reached through an extra entrance went into the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest bar room in the world.  Step inside it and you’ll see the brass plaque that marks the height the waters reached in the great flood of 1928.

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For all its history , The Dove owned by Fullers since 1796 has built a reputation for its food, catering for locals and visitors alike.

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The Dove and its team of chefs propose to  use only the freshest ingredients, with each dish cooked to order . All of the meat is British,  sourced from local country farmers, the eggs are free range and ice cream is made in Hampshire.

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Example of Starters Duck & pork ballotine, Cointreau cured salmon, Roasted squash & pumpkin soup, Goat’s cheese mousse,Roast quail.

Example of Mains Pan fried cod loin, Hampshire lamb rump, Corn fed chicken, Fuller’s London Pride battered haddock, Venison bourguignon, Chalcroft Farm beef burger,
Pork & pumpkin sausages, Caramelised onion & mushroom suet pudding

Example of Puddings White chocolate & raspberry roulade, Pear & fig crumble,Bengal Lancer & marmalade bread & butter pudding, Tiramisu,Selection of Jude’s ice creams & sorbets.

If you want to find out more about  The Dove , visit the website here

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London Gastropubs – The Princess of Shoreditch

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76–78 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4NE

‘The Princess’ is the award winning Gastropub in Shoreditch clearly demonstrates that in the best Gastropubs you get the best of all worlds, a great pub and a great dining area all in  the same place

Refurbished in 2010 The  270 year old pub was refurbished in 2010 and has a downstairs bar which is available to both drinkers and diners alike and a walk up the spiral staircase leads you to the dining room.

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Food is sourced locally if possible, and meat is sourced from quality producers around the UK.

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Starters may include Chilled tomato & basil soup, Smoked haddock & salmon fishcake, poached egg, bearnaise  and Cod cheek scampi with wild garlic aioli .

Mains may include Chargrilled mackerel fillets, wild garlic, new potatoes & green sauce, or Trio of Kentish lamb; cutlet, rump & Shepherds pie, roasted carrots and Chart Farm venison haunch, Portobello mushroom & asparagus tart, split cherry tomato jus.

Desserts include Apple & rhubarb crumble, custard, or Chocolate fondant, vanilla ice cream  and Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream.

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The Princess of Shoreditch has an extensive wine list and is well known for its Craft ales.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday: Midday–11pm
Sunday: Midday–10.30pm

Kitchen Opening Hours:

Monday–Friday: Midday–3pm / 6.30pm–10.00pm
Saturday: Midday–4pm / 6.30pm–10.00pm
Sunday: Midday–9pm

BAR MENU

Tuesday–Friday: until 5.30pm

For more information , visit the Princess of Shoreditch Website here

London Gastropubs – The Lady Ottoline in Holborn

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11a Northington Street, London, WC1N 2JF

Owned by Scott Hunter and Maria Larsen (the couple behind the award winning Princess of Shoreditch) and  situated near Grays Inn Road, The Lady Ottoline opened her doors in October 2011 after an extensive refurbishment.

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Another typical London pub with considerable effort made to create an inviting ambience, this attention to detail is shown with the drinks too, with local Craft Ales available and an extensive wine list.

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The upstairs dining rooms serve simple traditional fare but with a modern twist, using high quality ingredients.

Starters range from Soup of the day to Chart Farm venison carpaccio & turnip remoulade.

Mains may include Pie of the day, 8oz Hereford beef burger, burger sauce & triple dipped chips  and Gilt-head bream, winter vegetable stew & Morecambe Bay shrimp

Desserts include Dark chocolate tart & vanilla ice cream,Vanilla pannacotta & cassis spiced fruits.

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The Lady Ottoline is typical of the new breed of Gastropub which appeal as much for their food as their drink selection. It is particularly renown for its Sunday roasts which often include Slow roasted Kilravock pork,Slow roast sirloin of Hereford beef and 12 hour braised organic shoulder of Romshed lamb.

Opening times

Monday-Saturday 12pm-11.00pm
Sunday 12pm – 10.30pm
Bank Holidays Closed

For further information , visit the Lady Ottoline Website here

London Gastropubs – The Cadogan Arms in Chelsea

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298 King’s Road ,London,SW3 5UG

Situated on the King’s Road in Chelsea, The Cadogan Arms is a Gastropub with aspirations to be a Country pub. The hunting trophies may seem a little odd but the Country Pub ambience carries on through the bar into the dining areas.

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The Country feel carries on into its food with starters which include Nettle soup, crème fraîche, pickled walnuts, there is Chargrilled English asparagus, crisp hen’s egg, Pecorino, Chardonnay dressing and Grilled Cornish mackerel, black pudding croquettes, chimichurri

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The main courses include Roast haunch of Suffolk venison, Grelot onions, pancetta, parsley root ravioli, bone marrow jus, there is Roast Iberico pork shoulder, almond purée, pickled plums, pork jus and Truffled spaetzle, purple broccoli, pea purée, hazelnuts, barrel aged feta.

Desserts include Gooseberry fool, grape nuts, gooseberry sorbet, Vanilla cheesecake, hibiscus jelly, poached rhubarb, sorrel and Sticky date pudding, ginger bread ice cream, toffee sauce.

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The Cadogan Arms is a piece of the “Country” in the City and offers a wide range of beer and wines.

Opening Times

Monday–Saturday: 11am -11pm
Sunday: 11am -10.30pm

Kitchen

Monday–Friday: 12noon – 3.30pm / 6pm – 10.30pm

Saturday: 12noon – 10.30pm
Sunday: 12noon – 9pm

For more information, visit the Cadogan Arms website here

London Gastropubs – The Norfolk Arms in Bloomsbury

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28 Leigh St, London WC1H 9EP

In the busy streets  of Bloomsbury, the Norfolk Arms is a London pub with a difference, instead of the usual British or Fusion fare its speciality is tapas.
The pubs small size has led the owners to focus on the small lunch/ snack market which fits in well with the Bloomsbury crowds.
An extensive menu offers a wide collection of snacks with a little difference, therefore you can have  maldon rock oysters with shallot & cabernet sauvignon vinegar, Lyme bay dorset crab with rocket, ginger, chilli, honey, soy & sesame dress, Mixed vegetable mezze or Garlic & sea salt roasted cod with olives, capers, red onion & tomato salsa.
This is only a small part of the selections, for the tapas the list is even longer but includes Chickpea & tomato stew, Rojones: fried paprika pork belly, Chorizo in cider, bay leaf , and Piadina with serrano ham, rocket & shaved parmesan.

Winner of a number of awards, and with reasonable prices, the Norfolk Arms is typical London pub with a little bit of Spain added.

Opening Hours

Open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat;
Noon-10.30pm Sun.
Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri;
Noon-4pm Sat.
Dinner served 6-10.15pm Mon-Sat.
Meals served noon-10.15pm Sun.
Tapas served noon-10.15pm daily

For more information ,visit the Norfolk Arms Website here