Sunday, 18 December 2011

The Alexandra SW19 7NE

Date: Sunday 18th December, 2011

Choice: Claire
Who was there: Heather, Claire, Justin, Joe, Angel & Ellen. (with guest Claire's mum)

A very popular pub in Wimbledon, close to the train station and near the shops. 

The food was not really amazing. We had to chase them up for the food. Also (our fault for not checking) there was no vegetarian roast. 
We ordered dessert, but the apple crumble was cold in the middle.
Overall disappointing. Probably won't be back, unless for a quick pint if we are shopping in the area.
Forgot to take a photo.

Mains: £13.95 for the Beef
Desserts: £5.25

Bookings: 020 8947 7691

Sunday, 23 October 2011

The Butcher & Grill SW19 5BY

Date: Sunday 23rd October, 2011

Choice: Claire
Who was there: Claire, Justin, Angel & Ellen.
Guests: Laura & James

Originally we were supposed to go to the Rose & Crown in Wimbledon Village. We got there, got drinks, waited for us all to arrive and then went to order food and were told the kitchen would be closed for an hour (this was at 3pm) so we went across the road to The Butcher & Grill.
Now not strictly a pub, more a restaurant, the  Butcher & Grill is just that - a butcher at the from and a grill house at the back. We didn't really  read the menu, we saw the Roast Beef and ordered. Claire got the red wine risotto with mushrooms and chestnuts Risotto with added vegetables.

There was plenty of beef served but very close to medium-rare, but the knife they have you was massive, so it cut through the tougher rare bits. The vegetables were amazing, lovely soft honeyed carrots and parsnips with green beens. The potatoes were soft and mushy too, lovely. 
The yorkshire pudding was massive, but Ellen thought they had been pre-cooked and frozen. 
Angel was the only one who had desserts (naturally) which he had a Yorkshire cheesecake, it more like a cheesecake with raisins, but quite thin and served with clotted cream. It was a little overcooked.

Roast Beef - £16.50

Yorkshire Cheesecake  - £6.25
Bookings: yes

Sunday, 25 September 2011

The Princess of Shoreditch - EC2A 4NE

Date: Sunday 25th September, 2011

Choice: Heather
Who was there: Heather, Angel & Ellen.

This place was packed to the rafters! Well, we did have a late lunch today 2.30.
Claire and Justin could not make it as Claire is heavily pregnant and it was a bit too far to come over the other side of London, so it was just Heather, Ellen & Angel.
The place is lovely, typical gastropub and filled with all the locals you would expect to find around Shoreditch. The tables were very close together, but Heather said she had been years ago and there was an ‘old-man-pub’ feel to downstairs and a lovely restaurant upstairs. So downstairs has been updated and is really quite nice.
There was a really long wait for the food once we were finally seated and ordered, but the nice waiter came and apologised, which he had to do again when we were waiting for our deserts.
They have a mixed roast  - which gives you a slice of beef, pork and chicken – Heather had this and Angel & Ellen both had the beef . The waitress warned us that the beef would be medium-rare and that if we wanted it could be cooked more, which was refreshing. So Angel had his well done and Ellen medium-well.
The duck fat potatoes were really crisp outside and fluffy inside, and the roasts were served with a delicious mashed root vegetables, beans, cabbage, broccoli and a Yorkshire pudding. All really well cooked, nothing overcooked. A really enjoyable roast.
Deserts we sublime, Angel had the Sticky Toffee pudding which was a generous slice of pudding served with a creamy vanilla ice cream, the pudding was light and cake like, with a sticky gooey sauce. Heather had the chocolate fondant which oozed a thick chocolate sauce and was also served with ice cream. Ellen had the cheese platter, which had a nice selection of cheeses served with red grapes and a nutty bread, but the cheese servings were a bit mean.

Mixed Roast - £15.50
Roast Beef - £15
Sticky Toffee Pudding - £5.75
Warm chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream - £5.75
Selection of Artisan cheese served with apricot chutney - £7.95
Website: Princess of Shorditch
Bookings: yes

Sunday, 21 August 2011

The Rose & Crown TW9 3AH

Date: Sunday 21st August, 2011

Choice: Angel
Who was there: Heather, Claire, Angel & Ellen.

We decided to do Kew Gardens today, Claire, Angel & Ellen all met at Kew and we spent four hours walking around the gardens, climbing up the stairs to do the Tree Top Walk, also visiting the greenhouses and seeing the amazingly old plants which are cared for so well.
Afterwards we headed to the Rose & Crown. The choice was last-minute via and online search, the pub which looked like a modern, clean one had terrible reviews so we chose the Rose & Crown.
Call us Roast Snobs, but this one was pretty poor. What looked like pre-sliced beef, served with 3 half roast potatoes, a lump of mash, some cabbage and greens, and an obviously frozen Yorkshire. Quite disappointing.
The Nut Wellington was passable, but the disappointment of the vegetables brought the whole dining experience down. I know this is no reflection on the pub, but we had two wasps which would not leave us alone so Angel got a couple of glasses and trapped the wasps in the upside down glasses while we ate - and we released them when we left.
Due to this we didn’t bother with desert and instead visited the ice cream van which was parked just up the road back towards the gardens. Flake 99’s.

Mains: £8.99 for the Beef, £7.99 for the Nut Wellington.
Desserts: we did not have them (see above)
Website: roseandcrown
Bookings: Not really needed, but we did call them and book a table

Friday, 10 June 2011

Sunday 19th June

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Sunday, 22 May 2011

The Vauxhall Griffin SW8 2TH

Date: Sunday 22nd May, 2011

Choice: Justin
Who was there: Claire, Justin, Angel & Ellen.

If Justin had not found this pub we would never have seen it. Tucked down a side road near Vauxhall. It’s a really homely place. It was not particularly busy which was great, no barging, no spilled pints.
Claire had the vegetarian sausages which she said were really tasty, The beef was ok, expected for £8.50, the rarer bits were a bit tough.
The Yorkshires were a little overcooked but Ellen liked this (she likes burnt toast).
The Gravy was one of the best things of the meal. The veggies were a bit soggy.

Mains: £8.50 for the Beef & Pork, £9.50 for the Vegetables.
Desserts: £2.75 for the ice cream
Bookings: Not really needed

Monday, 18 April 2011

Amersham Arms SE14 6TY

Date: Sunday 18th April, 2011
Choice: Ellen
Who was there: Heather, Justin, Claire, Ellen, Angel and guest Tarryn.

Walking into the place, Angel ordered a pint and as he carried to the table it slipped from his hands and covered the floor, the nice bloke behind the bar just poured another, nice one, thanks.
The Amersham Arms from the outside looks like a pub for students, which it kind of is as it is close to Goldsmiths College. The interior is full of eclectic things including some really old barometers. Unfortunately it smells like cleaning products and the mens toilet is a bit crap.
The place is absolutely brilliant value for money, a really generous serving of a tasty roast. Knock-your-socks-off horseradish and big, gorgeous Yorkshires. We had Pork, Chicken and Beef and also the vegetarian option – homemade butternut squash, mushroom and spinach tart. The Roasts are only £8. Amazing, even if the pork was a little watery, but the great crackling made up for it.
Claire was impressed they had the thought to not place the tart in the gravy so it did not get soggy.
The only negative of the roasts – the gravy is quite watery.
For dessert we shared a deep fried Mars bar. Ellen assured us it would be sweet – as a Scottish delicacy (!). It was served with ice cream and was actually really nice, but a little rich.

homemade butternut squash, mushroom and spinach tart

Roast Beef

Mains: £8 for the Beef, Chicken and Pork.
Desserts: Sticky toffee pudding £2.50 (!!)
Bookings: not really needed
Phone: 020 8469 1499

Sunday, 20 March 2011

THe Duke of Wellington W1H 2HQ

Date: Sunday 20th March, 2011
Choice: Ellen
Who was there: Ellen, Angel, Heather with guests Martina, Sandy & Paul.

In the middle of the Swedish area of London, not too far from Baker street, this pub is one of the posher ones we have been to, well it is Ellen’s birthday. We were put in the restaurant upstairs which has table cloths and everything. Downstairs the pub is quite nice and typical of a London gastro pub, though there are not many tables downstairs and they are very close together, I have been here for lunch as I work not too far away and they do a great pie.
The service was very good, probably because it is more like a restaurant up here.
We ordered most of the roasts – Beef, Lamb and Pork. The comment from Heather was that the Pork was even better than ‘Paradise’ which is really saying something as it is one of our favorite places to have a roast.
The potatoes were amazing. Yes AMAZING. Massive and the perfect amount of fluffiness! The horseradish was really creamy and had a terrific kick. The Yorkshire puddings were massive. £2 for an extra one which was greedy but necessary.
The only drawback of the venue was the music, it was Jazz, which was not particularly chilled out.

Mains: £17.50 for the Beef, £16.50 for the lamb and pork.
Desserts: Sticky toffee pudding £5.75
Bookings: Yes
Phone: 020 723 2790

Sunday, 27 February 2011

The Greenwich Union SE10 8RT

Date: Sunday 27th February, 2011

Choice: Heather
Who was there: Claire, Justin, Angel, Ellen and Justin.

We couldn’t make a reservation at the Union so we all agreed to meet earlier than usual and have a browse through the markets and get to the pub to get a table. Heather said the bloke on the phone said to get there before 1.30 and we could get a table, he was pretty spot on because by 2pm the place was very full.
The staff are very polite and friendly which was such a refreshing change as in London it is hard to find polite service industry employees!
Angel, Ellen and Justin had the roast beef, Heather the pork and Claire the vegetarian option – which was really just the vegetables with a Yorkshire pud and veggie gravy.
The beef was tough and quite rare. They should really have given out steak knives. The roast potatoes were nice and fluffy inside but could have been crispier.
The roasts came with a delicious red cabbage and AMAZING whole roasted carrots!
Heather said her pork was a bit fatty but the crackling which she gave to Justin was really good. The apple sauce it came with was exceptional.
Angel and Justin drank the London Pale Ale which was a great choice, really tasty beer, the staff let them try the beers before they ordered, there were tasting glasses so they must do it often. On the table was a menu of the beers they had, with really detailed descriptions.
Three of us had desserts – all interesting mixes – Sticky Toffee Pudding with Gingerbread Ice cream, Chocolate Mouse with Raspberry Sorbet, and Apple Crumble with Vanilla ice cream, ok the last one was a pretty standard mix. The Mousse and Pudding were amazing. The Apple crumble was

Mains: £12.20 for the Beef & Pork, £9.50 for the Vegetables.
Desserts: £4.25 each
Bookings: No

Sunday, 30 January 2011

The Lighthouse SW11 4LR

Date: Sunday 30th January, 2011

Choice: Jason
Who was there: Claire, Justin, Angel, Ellen, Heather & Jason.

This bright and airy pub is on Battersea park road, about a 10 minute walk from Battersea Park Rail station. It looks like it would be a great summer pub with big french doors opening to the garden, but today it was cold outside and quite cold inside too.
Jason had booked the table over the phone but it was quite noisy and he could hardly hear the buy taking his booking so he forgot to ask about the vegetarian option for himself and Claire. Bad move. There was no vegetarian roast option and even the potatoes were cooked in goose fat (great for us carnivores though!)
£15 roast scotch premium beef. Yorkshire pudding was big and filled with delicious gravy. It was served with new season carrots, green beans and red cabbage. Roast potatoes, cooked in goose fat and they were very crispy and fluffy.
The Veggies had to have the only real (typical) option to them, the wild mushroom and thyme risotto (£11). It was tasty and did taste of mushrooms but it would have been nicer with more actual mushrooms, and disappointingly there was no Parmesan cheese on offer.
The Homemade chips were great, perfectly cooked (£3).
All of us except Heather had desserts. The Apple and quince crumble with homemade custard £5 was very disappointing. It was cold, with big crunchy (uncooked) chunks of apple. The custard was cold before it came out of the small (tiny) ceramic pots. Justin had the homemade ice cream ;wild strawberry, mint, cappuccino £5. Claire had the Lemon Tart which she said was very lemony and curd – very good.

Mains: £15 for the Beef, £11 for the Wild Mushroom Risotto.
Bookings: Yes
Phone: 0207 223 7721