gourmand
Member since Apr 2007
Chelsea Arts Club
London | Clubs and Associations
Chelsea Arts Club
1
Having come here on a number of occasions over the past 40 years as a guest of some of the most reputable members in the artistic world I have to say that the officiousness of recent new staff at this establishment is disappointingly amateur and verging on rudeness. I have always loved this club and its welcoming atmosphere but I am clearly now living in the past! What a shame that standards of service at this club have been allowed to sink to levels elsewhere.
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The Harwood Arms
London | Pubs
Over-hyped
2
Having read all of the glowing reviews we made a special visit with some friends (we are the informal Fulham Dining Club) last Saturday evening.

Having failed to make a booking either by telephone (engaged/or voice mail full) or on-line (faulty website) a personal visit was necessary just to make a reservation.

Our unanimous general impression from of our dinner here last Saturday evening was that although the service was friendly it was distinctly amateur. We ordered only one starter and it was an hour before our main course arrived without any explanation or apology for the delay.

The menu was a distinct disappointment as we had been looking forward to a varied selection of game specialities for which we understood they are renown. Furthermore we were not informed of any special dishes which we only discovered after our meal listed on a blackboard near the toilets.

The food was generally unexceptional compared with the fare at The White Horse nearby and other selective restaurants in the vicinity. We did enquire if the head chef was actually in situ and were told that he was indeed in the kitchen.

The draught ale was well kept but the house red which we ordered (at £15.50 bottle) was below the standard that we would have expected in this sort of establishment.

We made our feelings known to the waitress who asked if we would be prepared to give them another chance on a further visit which we may consider provided it is easier to make a reservation!
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The White Horse
London | Pubs
Best real ale pub in London
5
Have been to a considerable number of real ale pubs in London but The White Horse serves the best range of beers in perfect condition. New management have added a range of micro-brew beers and increased choice adding a regular mild (Moorhouse Black Cat, Hobsons, Jennings, JW Lees, Crouch Vale, Harveys or Timothy Taylors Golden Best or Dark Mild) and frequently a regular porter. Excellent bitters seen here for the first time have included Bowmans Swift One and Abbeydale Matins. Cheapest and best pint of Harveys in town (£2.60)- far better(and more hospitable!)than The Royal Oak in Borough!
I do tend to avoid visiting before and after Chelsea home football matches but otherwise my visits have always been most pleasurable - enhanced by a very friendly, hard working and welcoming staff.
Good food here too - far superior to the Duke On The Green or Aragon House opposite.
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Tom's Kitchen
London | English Restaurants
Mammoth disappointment
1
My wife and I visited this establishment with great expectations - probably too high!(although I do not think that our expectations were unwarranted in view of all the reports that we had read and received from friends who had visited Tom Aitken's restaurants).
We both chose the Gloucester Old Spot pork chop expecting it to be at least as good as that which we had experienced at The House in Islington - but Tom's dish was nowhere near as flavoursome or indeed as large as that at The House - in fact Tom's dish was very average and somewhat tasteless in comparison (and not dissimilar to a standard pork chop), although at least not bad enough to send back.
The bottle of wine that we had was good although overpriced.
Although we were invited to return (to give it another chance and try something different!) we shall not bother as we have other restaurants which we frequent where the quality and/or value for money is far better.
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Booking conundrum
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Beware in respect of confirmed bookings at this restaurant. Following receipt of an E-mail confirmation of our booking through Top Table we were subsequently advised that the restaurant was fully booked shortly before our scheduled arrival there!
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The Royal Oak
London | Pubs
Royal Oak Rage
1
Oh Dear! What in Harvey’s name has happened to this pub? Has it changed hands? It has always been a pleasure to visit this pub and receive a warm welcome from the hospitable landlord, Frank, and swap the occasional story and beer with him.

However shock and horror upon my return here with my wife yesterday (Sunday afternoon at 5pm) for another anticipated pleasurable visit only to be confronted by a surly foul-mouthed man across the bar professing to be the Licensee and repeatedly shouting at us to “f….off, and get out” whilst I was trying to politely explain to the barmaid that the bottom of a glass retains the heat for quite a while after the glass has come out of the glasswasher. My explanation was regrettably necessary as the barmaid (whom I had never seen in here before) had accidentally served me a pint of draught mild in a hot glass despite my request when ordering for her to please make sure that the bottom of the glass was cold – a request which the barmaid unfortunately did not appear to understand.

Apparent attempts by the other barman to calm down “the Licensee” were to no avail and my wife and I accordingly departed amid further tirades of “f….off and get out” from the professed “Licensee” who refused to supply his name or cease swearing. A most unpleasant experience for my wife and I tinged with sadness at the rapid decline in the standard of service at this hitherto much-loved pub.
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Unique rambling characterful pub serving excellent real ales & food
5
This is every real ale and food lover's dream pub that they would love to find! Rambling, quirky, friendly with excellent selection of well kept real ales and good value home cooked food with fresh ingredients. We have had many medium rare roast beef Sunday lunches here and the best fresh haddock & chips & ham hock the other evening which proved that the same high culinary standards are maintained during weekdays. Parking only available in nearby municipal car park on main road (short walk). We really wish that this pub could be our local.
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Nomad Books
London | Book Shops
Nomad Books
4
My favourite bookshop - but be prepared to lose yourself in the ambience for a whole afternoon.
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Closed
3
Sadly long closed (used to serve the best pizzas that I have had in Putney and around) and recently re-opened as Bar Brazil!
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The Country Pub in London
5
A country mansion/pub in the middle of Putney Heath recently lavishly refurbished. Easy unrestricted parking. Varied selection of excellent real ales (6 handpumps), good food by a French Chef and friendly service. Beers more expensive than some other pubs but then I do not know of anywhere else where one can enjoy Jennings Cumberland Ale or Weltons Pride-n-Joy in such opulent surroundings. Weekly quiz & film nights plus excellent live acoustic blues nights every Friday.
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