April 18, 2010

The Harwood Arms

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This week saw a visit to The Harwood Arms – a gastro pub in Fulham, recently awarded a Michelin star. It is round a few corners from Fulham Road, on a quiet suburban street. From the outside the place looks like a pub, but inside it is set up like a restaurant. Apart from the bar and a small sofa area, the entire floorspace is occupied with tables. So I can’t imagine your meal would ever be interrupted by casual drinkers, although there is a quiz night every Tuesday.

The menu focusses on British produce with a special emphasis on game, most of which is apparently hunted or caught by the owners. For a starter I had a wild mushroom soup with mussel fritters. There was a surprisingly large amount, although it was so nice it certainly was not a problem to get through it all. The main dish was shoulder of deer for two with celeriac mash, vegetables and a little salad. It all came on a large platter so that you could carve the shoulder yourself. However, this wasn’t at all arduous as the meat was so beautifully tender it just fell off the bone. Again, a large amount of delightful food. After that I was too full for dessert, but I’m assured the sticky toffee and date ice cream with lemon curd was delicious.

The Harwood Arms had a pleasant atmosphere, not quite a pub but still welcoming. Service was prompt and courteous. The cost was reasonable for a top restaurant (by London standards!), dinner for two (starters, main and one dessert) with wine was under £100. Excellent food and well worth a visit.

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