The Brown Cow
Reclaimed wood, distressed mirrors, worn leather upholstery: it might sound a tad shabby but trust, The Brown Cow is far from that. These guys want to be your home away form home, which explains the lived-in feel, and even go as far as offering neighbourhood newcomers a free glass or meal as they get to know their neighbours. You won't find these guys dabbling in the craft scene but you won't struggle to quench your thirst - cask ales, wines and cocktails are all knocking about in here. On top of that the fresh, seasonal food is just next level - that short rib of beef though...; do yourself a favour and investigate.
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A pub with a dart board seems to be a rare thing these days in London, let alone one in a gastropub. The Bobbin has this and more: board games, a tidy ale selection, beer garden and open fire...can you see why we like it so much? It's got more tricks up its smart little sleeve though - the menu has been given some Italian boosts, so it's got none of standard gastropub predictability. There's some amazing pappardelle with rabbit ragú, made with sage, red wine & parmesan, and even the pub burger uses mozzarella instead of cheddar. There's a sweet little conservatory too, which you don't see often.
The Lady Ottoline
This Lady has seen something of a mid-00s-style teen-movie makeover. After a sudden closure, it was bought by Market Taverns and given a swish revamp before it reopened its doors in 2018. Downstairs it's all elegant dark wood, with a sweet little fireplace that people fight over in the winter. The bar serves some quality ales and a tidy selection of cocktails if you're feeling fancy. They're also well-known in the neighbourhood for their extensive gin collection, which they update frequently with different varieties from independent UK distilleries. Upstairs is the restaurant area, which features an upmarket menu of seasonal dishes that elevate pub grub to a more dignified affair. We had a creamy burrata to start, followed by a buttery pork belly and mash, and rounded off with a rich chocolate nemesis paired with burnt orange and vanilla ice cream. Overall, a very decent pub dinner - just watch out for that bill. Their two-course set lunch for £16 or three-course for £20 should go down a treat for worker bees in the area, and we have it on good authority that their Sunday lunch is a banger.
The Swan in Chiswick is one of those pubs you wish was your local. A coal fireplace inside, a lush beer garden out the back, leather sofas for lounging, a welcoming dog policy...it all adds up to a pretty sweet place to take it easy AF. You've got your ales on tap, your gastropub classics like chops, risottos, and even special Tuscan sausages, and a good laid back atmosphere. Nothing too off the wall here, which is just fine with us.
The Malt House is a boozer with bragging rights, and not just for the Michelin star it won. Yep, this is a cut above your average pub. One look at the menu and you can see why - honey-spiced duck terrine with date and almond chutney, and Rhug Estate venison with celeriac tagliatelle properly set the tone. It's not just the food we love - this place dates back to the 18th century, so it's got bags of character.