Looking for restaurants in west London? Read our review of Michelin-starred pub The Harwood Arms, and check out our guide for the best gastro pubs in the UK here.
The Harwood Arms in a nutshell
Perched on the corner of a residential road in West London, London’s only Michelin-starred pub celebrates British produce with a focus on game and wild food.
Chef and hunter gatherer Mike Robinson is co-owner, with all game sourced from his estates, while Sally Abé – previously of Elystan Street – is at the kitchen’s helm.
What’s the vibe?
Stripped back floors, weathered wooden tables and shabby sofas give this pub a laid-back, neighbourhood vibe – it’s the kind of place you can pop in for a pint on a Friday night, or settle down for a lunch of sea trout on toast with mussels on a Sunday.
Duck-egg blue panels add a fresh touch, while stuffed animal heads dominate the walls, making no illusion that meat is at its heart.
Stripped back floors, weathered wooden tables and shabby sofas give this pub a laid-back, neighbourhood vibe
What’s the food like at The Harwood Arms?
It’s more fine-dining than pub classics here, so expect Cornish pollock with cauliflower and smoked kipper as its take on fish and chips. The Harwood Arms scotch egg might be called a snack, but a runny Cacklebean egg generously coated in peppery venison meat can easily be a meal in itself.
Buttery hobnob-style biscuits speckled with thyme are there to slather whipped chicken liver on, but we’d happily munch our way through a packet.
Buttery hobnob-style biscuits speckled with thyme are there to slather whipped chicken liver on
On a Friday night, expect wellingtons made with the meat of the moment. On our visit, blushing pink muntjac came wrapped in wild garlic leaves and a glossy pastry case. Sides are just as showstopping, with bowls of buttery Jersey Royals and Tenderstem broccoli filling the table.
Dessert wise, dinky lemon-curd filled doughnuts are to be dunked into whipped earl grey cream, while buttermilk sorbet adds a cool tang to treacle tart.
Dessert wise, dinky lemon-curd filled doughnuts are to be dunked into whipped earl grey cream
And the drinks?
An exclusively British gin list features London’s Portobello Road and Northumberland’s Hepple, while Chapel Down Curious Brew is on draft. There’s a good mix of new- and old-world wines, with a few sparklings from the south of England. Try the golden Gusbourne brut reserve from Kent with notes of white peach.
If you don’t want to dine a la carte, sit at the bar and order a plate of those hearty venison scotch eggs instead.
The Harwood Arms, Walham Grove, Fulham, London, SW6 1QP
Words by Ellie Edwards