Pubs

Pub-Food

When I think about Chelsea various neighbourhood nooks spring to mind; from Sloane Square to ‘The Beach’, close-knit communities are dotted throughout the borough. One of my favourite spots is Walton Street which runs parallel to Brompton Road from just past Sloane Avenue and towards Knightsbridge.

Walton Street has changed quite a bit over the years but there are a few features that remain the same; The Enterprise Bar & Restaurant is one of them. I’ve always walked past this gastropub meaning to go in but the idea of ‘next time’ is something that springs to mind because there’s always tomorrow, isn’t there?

Then one day I was invited to review The Enterprise and when I read the email I realised that ‘tomorrow’ still hadn’t happened and like exhibitions I’ve missed or movies in the cinema I had missed too, it was so easy to take something that is so close by for granted.

And that certainly was the case for The Enterprise.

So the OH and I set a date without our little munchkin and we stepped inside a pub that was buzzing with locals.

With the lively atmosphere and the very welcoming staff, I felt we had come across a local gem.

For lunch we chose the main restaurant menu although by the looks of it, there were plenty of folks enjoying the set lunch menu which did make me wonder what I was missing out on. The hearty looking fish and chips seemed a very popular choice and I now feel like I need to try them.

Returning to our lunch à deux, the OH ordered The Enterprise’s classic tempura of calamari and courgette with a soy, ginger and honey dip which I wish I had ordered. A taster didn’t seem enough.

Instead I had the tuna carpaccio and niçoise salad which was light and delicate.


My starter was followed by the parma wrapped hake and spiced aubergine that came with a red pepper and chorizo purée which I enjoyed alongside french fries.

As for the OH, he ordered the Chicken Milanese that was served with spaghetti pomodoro, slow roasted tomatoes, rocket and parmesan.As for dessert, the OH couldn’t resist the treacle tart with rum mascarpone and raspberries and upon hearing his order I asked for the mini dessert and coffee, which arrived with a quarter slice of the tart and my espresso. I loved it!

Overall, the OH and I had a fantastic time and we both enjoyed our lunch. Meeting Robert, the owner, was also a delight. Every now and again I love indulging in the nostalgia of what Chelsea used to be like; and given The Enterprise has been here for so long, it certainly has stood the test of time. Next time I won’t leave it so long before I visit again and order the fish and chips.

The Enterprise, 35 Walton Street London, SW3 2HU

Over the weekend, the OH and I popped into The Cadogan Arms to try their new seasonal menu by their new head chef, Sam Hawkins (who came from the Bull & Last in Highgate, which I hear is very good). Intrigued to discover the pub’s new offerings, we hadn’t anticipated their new cocktail menu too.

Yes, that’s right, cocktails! I’ve always liked the espresso martinis at The Cadogan Arms but have never ventured past this reliable cocktail … until now.

On Saturday, I started with the Aperol Shrub Spritz which included aperol, kaffir lime infused Chase vodka, strawberry plum shrub, lemon and Prosecco. If you were wondering about the latest trend in bars to use vinegar in cocktails, well that’s the shrub part of this cocktail. It’s a process that involves getting the most out of the fruits and it completely works. There was no way I could detect a sense of vinegar in the complex flavours of this cocktail, which I really enjoyed.

The Cadogan ArmsSo on to the food. For my starter, I had queen scallops, chorizo with sea spinach and hazelnut powder …

The Cadogan Arms…whilst the OH enjoyed the pork knuckle and pistachio terrine with apricot chutney and scratchings.

The Cadogan ArmsAnd for main, I stayed with seafood and chose the steamed Shetland mussels with Jugged Hare pale ale, smoked bacon, garlic, leeks and  hand cut chips. For both my starter and main, what struck me the most about these dishes was the freshness of the ingredients. The flavours of the mussels really brought the sea closer to Chelsea, it was quite wonderful.

The Cadogan ArmsThe Cadogan ArmsWith both my starter and main, I enjoyed a glass of Macon Davaye. 

The Cadogan ArmsMeanwhile, the OH ordered the roast Iberico pork shoulder with almond purée, pickled plums and pork jus, which was fantastic. This dish was rich in flavour and very tasty, according to the OH who also remarked upon the quality of the meat.

The Cadogan ArmsI had every intention of not ordering dessert. After all, I had sworn myself off sugar. But I was also intrigued by the popcorn démode cocktail that was new on the menu. The ingredients for this cocktail included popcorn infused Buillet Bourbon, Luxardo Maraschino, sugar and Peychaud’s Bitters …

The Cadogan Arms… which I had with the hot chocolate pudding, blood orange syrup and mascarpone. Oh yes, I was going for it!

The Cadogan ArmsAs for the OH, he ordered an espresso martini which was matched to accompany a selection of ice creams on the dessert menu.

The Cadogan ArmsThe OH requested two scoops of burnt honey with thyme and one scoop of salted caramel. I didn’t taste the latter but the burnt honey with thyme was a real delight to try. I loved the thyme element especially.

The Cadogan ArmsOverall, it was a fantastic meal. The pub was packed with a mixed crowd and there was even a conversation about how The Cadogan Arms has changed over the years. Thinking back to my teen years, this pub has come a long way and I really like the direction it’s heading in.

Good work with the new menu, Sam!

The Cadogan Arms, 298 King’s Road, London, SW3 5UG. 0207 352 6500.

Disclaimer: The meal was complimentary for the purpose of the review. This didn’t sway my opinion in any way. The busy dining room was testimony to the pub’s delicious offerings.

This will most probably be my last dessert post in a (short) while because at the moment I’m taking the amazing Spirulina from Organic Burst which is great at staving off sugar cravings and I have just bought a juicer, which I can’t wait to pick up from Peter Jones.

But enough of the healthy stuff, if you are looking for somewhere good to go for dessert then I recommend The Mall Tavern off Kensington Church Street.

The Mall Tavern

I popped in there a few weeks ago, following a lovely walk through Kensington Gardens.

The Serpentine LakeThe walk was enough to build up an appetite though whilst looking at the menu, I wasn’t sure what to order.

The Mall TavernSo of course, I ordered a glass of bubbles to help me decide.

The Mall TavernIn the end, I ordered the pork osso buco which was ok. It’s not on the menu anymore but even if it were, I would suggest going for the mac and cheese or the smoking chicken with slaw and tater tots because we were surrounded by folks digging into either dishes.

The Mall TavernThe OH ordered another pork dish which he describes as “elevated pub food”: It was very good.

The Mall TavernBut now this is where it all gets interesting. The desserts at The Mall Tavern were so much fun and very delicious too. This (below) was the Yorkshire rhubarb cheesecake which I ordered and which was both light and tasty. I loved it.

The Mall TavernAnd here (below) was the sticky toffee pudding and you do the rest, which the OH ordered.

The Mall TavernThe ‘you do the rest’ bit (below) provided great amusement for both the palate and the OH’s level of expectation. Which do you go for first? Which next? Which do you keep until the end? Yes, I wish I had ordered this.

The Mall TavernIt’s always a good sign when you’re relishing your dish whilst feeling a pang of food envy at the same time. Or could it simply be that I am a glutton. Either way, The Mall Tavern was a great pub to pop into. The staff were friendly and the crowd of what seemed like regulars gave the pub a very local feel. I’d definitely pop in again and if I don’t order the other dessert, I might give the smoking chicken a go instead.

The Mall Tavern, 71-73 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill, London, W8 4RU. 020 7229 3374.

1. Visit the Michelin-starred Chinese dim sum teahouse Yauatcha for lunch or afternoon tea.

Not only to try the limited edition desserts: Red Macarons filled with mandarin ganache and mandarin pâte de fruit as well as the Red Petits Gateaux, which are jasmine mousse filled with a honey panna cotta centre, caramelised mandarins and sesame brittle. But also because …

YAUATCHA AND HARVEY NICHOLS TO CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR

… each guest at Yauatcha will receive a red envelope containing vouchers for fashion and beauty treats, along with a bespoke Chinese New Year cocktail created by the Yauatcha and Harvey Nichols bar managers. The cocktail is also available at the Fifth Floor Bar.

Eight special golden tickets will also be given to guests at random, containing lavish prizes such as meals and cocktail masterclasses at Yauatcha and makeovers at Harvey Nichols.

2. Head to the White Horse pub in Parsons Green for Burns Night supper. Each of the five courses will be matched with a Brewmeister beer. You can see the full menu here.

3. Catch the last weekend of Daumier, 1808-1879, Visions of Paris at the Royal Academy of Arts. London Evening Standard describes the exhibition as “An exciting and astonishing exhibition, an aesthetic boxer’s blow to the heart.” More information

4. If you’re a Hobbs shoes fan, hurry to the Hobbs three day sample sale from 24th until 26th January 2014, at The Music Rooms. Here are the opening times as well as a list of other sample sales at the same venue.

5. If you love music soundtracks and fancy a nostalgic evening of live music locally. The Pink Singers will be performing A Night at the Movies at Cadogan Hall on Saturday night from 7pm. You can book your tickets here.

Hello September, my favourite month! It’s good to see you finally. You are my birthday month, my anniversary month and I just love watching the seasons change. And as much as I love summer, when it comes to London fashion I can’t help but love autumn fashion too.

So what do you have in store for us this year?

… Ah right …

1. So this is one for Formula One fans, movie fans and anyone who is excited about the Niki Lauda biopic, RUSH, due out this month. There will be a screening and live Q&A with the film’s screenwriter, Peter Morgan, on 5th September at 6.15pm. You can book your tickets here.

2. Sadly Vogue Fashion Night Out won’t be happening in London this year but Somerset House will be hosting Vodafone’s London Fashion Weekend from 19th until 22nd September 2013. To find out more about the events and how to purchase tickets, click here.

3. Admittedly, I’ve never been to a singles night before so I can’t say what to expect from Lust & Love London’s next event at Beaufort House on 5th September. But it does sound like it could be fun. Find out more here.

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4. The Scotch Egg challenge is back and it’s another excuse for local Chelsea folks to head back over the water to The Ship Wandsworth on 17th September, if you’re not heading over before. There will also be a Scotch Egg auction from the likes of Whyte and Brown; Fino; The British Larder; Duck & Waffle; The Modern Pantry; Cinnamon Club and last year’s Challenge winner the Bladebone Inn, with all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger. Find out more about the auction and live event here.

5. London Cru, which is London’s first winery and is located in Earls Court, is about to start making wine from its first delivery of grapes. The public will be able to tour the venue which will also be open for events, wine-making experiences and courses from November. And I can’t wait to taste the wine!

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