At the heart of cosmopolitan Hammersmith and handy for Olympia, this eye-catching diners' pub, generously dressed with colourful summer hanging baskets and boxes, is a popular place for people-watching. Bag a bench beside the adjacent flowery enclave on sunny days, or head inside where mellow furniture and stripped floorboards characterise the interior. Friendly staff, a comprehensive wine list and well-kept ales (St Austell Tribute, Skinner’s Betty Stogs, Exmoor Gold) are the draw for those seeking after-work refreshment. But it’s also a great place for sampling enticing cuisine with an Italian accent from a regularly updated menu and specials selection. Starters include pork and chorizo terrine with spiced pineapple chutney and brioche toasts; and bruscetta al pomodoro. Among the mains are penne with Italian sausage ragù; salmon and dill fishcakes; and pan-fried sea bream fillet with king prawn, chorizo croquette and sautéed spinach. Desserts are few but sweet: sticky toffee pudding, perhaps, or chocolate brownie with ice cream.
Gastro-pub with a locals’ atmosphere
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Main course from: £1
- Closed: 2
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