Pubs

Pub-Food

The Ship in Wandsworth has reopened tonight, with its outside area reopening on Friday (8th March 2013). I went along to the preview last night and whilst I didn’t take many photos (there was plenty of catching up with folks to do); I can try to give you a quick rundown of what the renovations mean for this popular riverside pub.

The main part of the pub has had a new lick of paint and looks very good for it whilst the dining area has been extended to include an extra room that could also work for private dining (see photo below).

The Ship WandsworthOutside, the bar has been extended too. Before, the outdoor bar could fit three to four bar staff. Now the new bar will be able to fit ten! This will obviously mean not having to wait at the bar for as long as before. The entire outside is being revamped and it looks like there’ll be a lot more space to move around in. The barbecue area also looks very cool.

All of this will undoubtedly be ready for the opening of the outside area on Friday and with spring clearly here, all I can say is what great timing!

Last night, there was also plenty of food coming from the kitchen. All of which was very good but I have to say hands down, my faves were the burger and chocolate mousse. Seriously, you have to try the chocolate mousse when you come here. I don’t think I’ve ever had chocolate mousse that was warm before and with such deep flavours – and the texture? I want more!

If you live in Chelsea and have never been to The Ship (though I think most of my readers have), it’s really not that difficult to get to. The C3 bus from the King’s Road takes you straight there and I promise, it’s definitely worth making a trip down. The Ship is a fabulous local pub by the river, with a great atmosphere, food and crowd. What’s not to like?

The Ship, 41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, London SW18 1TB

So the longest month of the year is over – or so it felt like it. And now it’s time to get on with 2013, forget about Dry January (if you bothered) and look forward to this being the last month of winter (officially). To help you along, here are my top 5 don’t miss tips for February 2013:

1. It’s the Super Bowl on Sunday and most of us are probably talking about Beyoncé’s much anticipated performance rather than the game. Either way, if you are planning on having a Super Bowl party then consider heading down to Bodean’s BBQ to pick up their marinated meat which are vat packed and therefore easy to cook. Here are the instructions to give you an idea.

Bodean's BBQ Window

Unfortunately Bodean’s Super Bowl party has sold out so this would be the next best thing if you do love their tasty ribs. And if you haven’t tried them yet, here’s my review from the other night.

2. Paris concept store, The Space, is coming to Austique on the King’s Road for one week only over London Fashion Week, from 14th until 21st February 2013.

The Space is a creative hub which hosts emerging Parisian designers, cutting edge fashion labels and international artists and like Austique stocks labels such as Zimmermann, Austique, Cheek Frills and Madeleine Thompson. They will also be showcasing a selection of SS13 collections, which include Parker, Camilla & Marc and lifestyle brands such as Twins for Peace, Claus Porto and Nina Peter.

Austique

3. Donna Ida’s current sale is ending on Monday 4th February 2013 with a serious bang! That is to say, 75% off with an extra 20% off. Just make sure you enter SPECIAL20 at the checkout.

Click here to find out which items are in the clearance sale.

Donna Ida Clearance Sale

4. Whatever you do, don’t miss the ‘Debbie Harry Queen of Punk: Portraits by Brian Aris’ exhibition at Proud Chelsea. It ends on 17th February 2013 and you can read my review as well as watch a couple of Blondie music videos here.

Debbie Harry

5. Don’t Miss The Hollywood Arms’ February movie calendar. With free entry and free popcorn, the films include: The Tourist, The Other Boleyn Girl, When Harry Met Sally and Greenburg. The Hollywood Arms are also introducing a monthly film club which kicks off on 11th February at 7.30pm with Senna.

Hollywood Arms

If you haven’t been upstairs at The Hollywood Arms, here is a photo of the room. It’s a great venue and you can order food as well as drinks there.

Hollywood Arms - Pub

If you’re planning on spending Christmas Day in Chelsea but would rather avoid all the preparation and clearing up that goes along with organising Christmas lunch. And if you would rather head down to the pub, The Builders Arms and The Chelsea Ram will both be open on Christmas Day.

You might have already read my posts on The Builders Arms and The Chelsea Ram, so here’s a sneak peek of their Christmas menus …

Chelsea Ram

Builders Arms

And if you’d like further information or to book yourself a table, go to Geronimo Inns’ website.

Enjoy! x

Last week I had a chance to visit the recently refurbished White Horse pub in Parsons Green, otherwise known as The Sloaney Pony or as affectionately, The Pony.

But I have to admit, until last Friday, I hadn’t been upstairs to the restaurant. I’m not so sure I even knew it was there – after all these years!

The upstairs dining room has a more elaborate décor than the traditional pub interior downstairs. It has touches of art deco with the lampshades above the bar and it has a gorgeous birdcage chandelier, which I absolutely love.

The menus also differ between the two floors with both offering a beer matching opportunity for each dish. I’m not a big beer drinker but the bf tried one of the pairings for his dessert.

For my starter, I had the beetroot and horseradish soup which included apple purée at the centre of the dish whilst the bf had the pub’s celebrated Scotch Egg.

And for main I had the pork belly dish whilst the bf had the steak.

For dessert, I had a fruit crumble with vanilla ice cream whilst the bf chose the chocolate brownie with peanut butter ice cream. He also paired his pudding with a dark chocolate stout from Brooklyn Brewery, which he swears was a delectable match.

As much as the White Horse is a summer pub because of its outdoor terrace, it is also a great winter pub. It is cosy but has plenty of space and the menu is suitably designed for comfort. And if like me, you’re looking to pace yourself with the stodge this winter, there are plenty of choices with the restaurant menu that will leave you feeling satisfied without the need to roll out of the pub. The beetroot soup and fruit crumble were both light and delicious as was the succulence of the pork belly dish.

So next time you’re in the area and fancy a change of scene, why don’t you take a look upstairs and give it a try? I recommend it.

This week involved pizza at The Camden Eye; yummy heart-shaped chocolates from Rococo Chocolates on King’s Road; eyebrow threading and a manicure at Blink Brow Bar inside The Shop at Bluebird on King’s Road; dinner upstairs at the recently refurbished The White Horse pub in Parsons Green; The British Museum – one of my favourite buildings in the world; Silver Linings Playbook at Cineworld on Fulham Road (which I wholly recommend!); and trying out an iPad keyboard case from Yoshie & Nico.

What did you get up to? x

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