The Queens Arms
You’ll find this cosy pub at the end of a delightful, cobbled mews in South Kensington. Expect to feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of the West End and to fill your belly with beer and food to your heart’s content. The taps here aim to showcase all sorts, from small brewers to international beers and everything in between. Food offerings at The Queens Arms take the form of traditional British pub grub. You can tuck into the likes of sustainably caught hake; steak, pancetta and porter ale pies; fish and chips and, of course, a big ol’ Sunday roast. There’s a “how to distill your own spirits” diagram up in the bar so be sure to bring your notebook.
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If tradition's what you want, tradition's what you'll get at Anglesea Arms. The building dates back to 1712, and it shows; it's all wall-to-wall mahogany here. Apparently Charles Dickens used to be their neighbour. That's how old it is. The food is posh pub fare, and is definitely worth a dipping into. Ham hock terrine and whole sea bass are great, but If you're feeling audacious, get the 28 day-aged rib eye. Come Sunday, there are three types of roasts - a pub after our own hearts.
The Hereford Arms
Local legend has it that this was an old haunt of Jack the Ripper himself. While this has never been officially verified, chances are you’ll end up slaughtered if you spend long boozing in here. This beaut of a historic pub combines the old and the new with aplomb: exposed brick, chandeliers, hanging lights and classic film posters make for a nice and homely atmosphere. Whether you’re after a quick pint at the bar or a sit-down meal of seasonal British pub grub, this could well be the place you’re after. The likes of crispy confit duck leg and black pudding scotch egg grace the menu here - while the taps promise to have 5 ales on at all times.
The Hat and Tun
This is a good spot for a business meeting rather than a knees up. If you like deer antlers, lots of wine and a chesterfield armchair by the fire, then this is the pub for you. The food is exactly what you'd expect from a old school pub: sausage and mash, cottage pie and peas and toasties. The Hat and Tun is closed at the weekend but available for private hire. Maybe for an Old Boy's Club meeting?
The Clock House
Opposite the Rye, the Clock House is a large, stylish and cosy pub and restaurant that makes a pretty perfect place to while away a few hours. The usual suspects can be found at the bar (craft beers, unique cask ales and fine wines) but we reckon the food is the selling point to this place, with plenty of experimentation going on in the kitchen. Our pick for the starter was the pulled pork and fennel seed croquettes with tarragon crème fraiche and apple - and that was followed by Catalan style sea bass fillets with Suffolk chorizo, chick peas, spinach and tomato. Combinations that seem carefully put together and tasted excellent. This place isn't too noisy either making it a safe bet for a catch up or date.