Last week, I had supper at Bumpkin in South Kensington for the first time. It’s a real wonder why it’s taken me forever to try this place but it probably has something to do with the fact that I was so attached to the last restaurant that was there before: Abbaye, a Belgian brasserie.
I remember when Bumpkin popped up. I was very dubious and I wanted my fruity Belgian beers back. But now, my tune has changed and I can see why this place is very popular and why it fits in so well with the area.
The British seasonal menu is simply about quality whilst there is also a strong moral ethic in the way the ingredients are sourced. This also includes the wine menu.
The interior has a homey feel, which is infinitely more inviting than its predecessor. It feels like one large country kitchen where the locals have descended upon.
For starters, I chose the salmon which had apparently been smoked upstairs and the flavour certainly didn’t disappoint. It was very good indeed.
For my main, I had the Salted Devon free-range duck leg with apple, carrots and beetroot relish:
And for dessert, I picked the apple crumble with a scoop of ice cream along with a pot of custard:
All in all, this was a very hearty meal and perfect for the end of a long day. I couldn’t finish my dessert but I enjoyed the light crumble on top as well as a taste of the apple.
I also hear that the roasts are very popular on a Sunday and given that I’m on the look out for a good roast to enjoy through the winter, I’m definitely going to be heading back there.
102 Old Brompton Road. London SW7 3RD. Tel: 020 7341 0802