Sunday, 27 October 2013

Luncheon, The Harwood Arms : LOCAL LOVES

I am full to the brim. 

I am absolutely full to the brim from a lunch I had YESTERDAY. 

My lovely best friend Arabella's dad celebrated the big Six-Oh yesterday. He very kindly invited me along to the party and when I found out that it was going to be at The Harwood Arms I was over the flippin' moon!

Tucked away in a residential area of leafy Fulham The Harwood Arms has only been around for a couple of years but has already earned itself a cracking rep - it is the first and only London pub to be awarded a Michelin star. Yep, pretty special.

They describe themselves as a' rural haven' so for those country folk amongst you this is the ideal place for a special meal. Famed for their game and wild food the venison is actually shot by the owners of the pub. The menu is meticulously sourced and selected so you really are getting the best of the best....hence the price tag. But don't worry, if meat isn't necessarily your thing, the vegetarian menu is equally delicious and I can personally vouch for that. There were 14 of us at the lunch so I got a sneaky peek at pretty much the entire menu...

Treacle cured smoked salmon with smoked cod roe, whisky jelly and watercress
Roast Berkshire partridge with salmi, creamed livers and game tea
The atmosphere is so relaxed and fun, they've managed to keep the 'pubby' vibe whilst serving top notch grub and this is just my cup of tea. I love a luxurious meal but hate stuffy quiet restaurants - I need a bit of noise and silliness. There was quite a gap between the courses and I really liked that, it meant we all had a chance to swap seats and get the gossip from the other end of the table.

The birthday boy heading up the table

Then the main courses descended and all conversations ceased....blimey, they were good. Arabella is still harping on about the veal she had - it's a two person dish so she recruited her brother and got stuck in.

Now, it's not just full on five hour lunches that The Harwood Arms specializes in (yes, we were there for FIVE hours) - you can just pop in for a drink, plonk yourself down in front of the fire and enjoy a swift scotch egg if you like. They always maintain that they are a pub and not a restaurant so keep things nice and relaxed - dogs are welcome and there's a rowdy quiz night on a Tuesday.

But let's not digress - there's pudding to talk about! Yum. Just yum. That's all I can say really.

Pear cooked in Earl Grey with almonds, sherry and burnt butter ice cream
Brie. What a babe.
The birthday boy was very jolly after our mammoth meal. The staff really looked after us and made the day so, so brill - thank you if you're reading! 

So this lucky lunching Londoner thinks that you should...

- Get yourself over to The Harwood Arms - it's got it just so fantastically right, luxury nosh and a chilled vibe. Book me a table for life.

N.B. Nearest tubes are Fulham Broadway and West Brompton.