Gastropub

No. 11 Pimlico Road

photo“I was taken to No. 11 as a surprise, and what a lovely little surprise it was.”

I wasn’t sure what to expect from a local gastropub in Pimlico, but the atmosphere at No. 11 Pimlico Road is just perfect, the whimsical fairy lights and candles contrasting with the contemporary furniture and tiled walls. This is the kind of place where Alice in Wonderland might stop by for a Rhubarb photoand ginger pudding or some Banana ice cream (both on the menu).

The sharing platters to start lend themselves well to groups who like to try a bit of everything on the menu. I could have ordered all of them! We had Crispy peppered squid with parsley and garlic aioli (lightly battered and very tasty) with a Potted mackerel pate and amazingly thinly cut rye crisps. A bottle of Picpoul de Pinet was the perfect accompaniment – definitely the LAST bottle of wine I drink until after the marathon!
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Although the waitress advised me to try their ‘excellent’ burgers, I’m pleased I chose the Sea Bass with cauliflower puree, wild mushrooms, tenderstem broccoli and crisp potato hash. This was delicious but the potato hash was a bit on the crispy side. I also tried the Chicken schnitzel with home made remoulade and fries, which was perfectly tasty. I’ve read negative reviews about the service here, but our waitress was lovely albeit not very attentive. Perhaps they are understaffed? The atmosphere really is lovely and I would definitely return here for drinks and nibbles if I was in the area. 6/10


No. 11 Pimlico Road,

Belgravia,
London,
SW1W 8NA

0207 730 6784

info@no11pimlicoroad.co.uk

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The Sir Charles Napier

photophotophoto“This is not just any pub, but an award-winning foodie heaven in a magical setting.”

The Sir Charles Napier was so good that I had to start a food blog so I could write about it! This Michelin-starred gastropub in Oxfordshire had been on my list for a while, but my visit with my family last weekend did not disappoint.

Entering the cosy pub with its exposed beams and crackling fires on the sunniest day of the year so far, made me very proud to be English! The eclectic mix of furniture, distressed walls, bunches of wild flowers and smooth sculptures by Michael Cooper added to the warmth of the place. I felt so at home, I wanted to move in.

The menu is immediately enticing, each option more descriptive and exciting than the next. For starters we chose: Rabbit rilletes with pickles and focaccia, Warm pigeon salad with blood orange, betroot and feta, Smoked haddock cheddar risotto with crispy quail egg and Seared foie gras with duck confit on toast and rhubarb. All were delicious, but the foie gras was the clear winner for me, with a delicate balance of flavours, well placed dots of rhubarb compote and two pieces of popcorn(?!) for decoration. “I love this place” we kept saying before we’d even finished our starters… “when are we next coming back?”photo[1]

For mains, my sister and I both had the Monkfish with braised oxtail, jerusalem artichoke and russian kale. I’m always slightly disappointed by monkfish, and for £25.50 this dish could have had more flavour. The monkfish dish was easily overshadowed by the outstanding gnocchi with rainbow chard (fresh from the garden), butternut squash and rocket. The Cornish pollock with mussel chowder and caviare was tasty but I was more amazed by how the vegetables had been so finely and equally diced than by the food itself. Of all the mains, the best was the perfectly cooked Goosenagh duck breast with carrot, cumin, blood orange and endive marmalade. This is not just any pub, but an award-winning foodie heaven in a magical setting. 9/10

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The Sir Charles Napier,
Sprigg’s Alley, Chinnor,
Oxon,
OX39 4BX

01494 483 011

info@sircharlesnapier.com