As odd as it may sound, Thursday is my favourite day of the week.
I like Friday just fine. And I adore Saturday and Sunday as much as the next person. But it is the tingling anticipation and promise of good things to come that Thursday delivers that really gets me. Besides, as soon as you actually arrive at the weekend, it always seems as though you blink and suddenly you are back at Monday. And nobody likes Monday.
So what exactly do I do with my precious weekends? I eat. I drink. And I walk…a lot. If you can think of another way to make me feel better about my primary activities, feel free to let me know. I am still working on it.
Being a creature of habit, I often find myself back at my favourite haunts. However, from time to time the guilt sets in and I do my best to branch out and try somewhere new. Last Saturday, that place was The Harwood Arms.
Hidden down the quiet backstreets of Fulham, The Harwood Arms has been on my hit list for a long while. With one Michelin Star, it is currently the only pub in London to hold such an accolade. Furthermore, Chef Brett Graham, the Head Chef at one of my favourite restaurants in London, The Ledbury, has a hand in this casual eatery. AND Food Expectations deemed their Sunday Roast the best she has had in the city. Did I need any additional reasons to go? No, not really.
I had been trying and trying to get down there for their roast, but thanks to my complete inability to pre-plan anything and my lack of luck in booking a last minute reservation, I had to settle for a Saturday lunch instead. But what a lovely long Saturday lunch it was!
I sidled down after a looong walk and settled into the sun-filled and airy dining room. As far as pubs go, this was really lovely. It very much felt like a pub…only nicer. I particularly loved the mounted animal heads.
Every weekend lunch needs to start with a Bloody Mary – and this weekend was no exception. They served up a great one with house-infused Absolut Vodka and a spiced salt rim (£9.50). I happily perused the menu whilst sipping on my drink and tearing at delicious pieces of crusty house made soda bread.
A couple of set lunch menus are on offer – £35.50 for two courses and £42.50 for three. Given I had played my cards right and already hit my 10,000 steps for the day, I opted for the latter. Totally deserved.
First up was the squid ‘porridge’ with wild garlic and Jersey Royal soup, smoked cod’s roe and radish. Looking like spring on a plate, it was well seasoned and packed a lot of clean flavour whilst managing to remain light and bright. Very tasty.
Having heard that The Harwood Arms specialises in game, for my main I opted for the roast haunch of fallow deer with (more) wild garlic, smoked bone marrow tart and golden beetroot. This was a daily special and I absolutely loved the seasonality that shone through on the plate. Rich, perfectly cooked and, again, very tasty.
I finished on the silky-smooth custard tart with date and toffee ice cream. As i have mentioned time and time again, I am never one for sweets. But this…THIS! If all desserts ate like this, I probably would be.
My meal at The Harwood Arms was a most enjoyable one and if anything, I am now even more desperate to make it down for their Sunday roast. The place certainly goes above and beyond to deliver something a little different from traditional pub fare, but it does so in an approachable, unfussy manner. This place is made for lazy weekend lunches and lazy lunches are definitely what weekends are for. I will be back. And soon.
The Harwood Arms
London, SW6 1QP
T: +44 (0)20 7386 1847