The Harwood Arms is somewhat of a curiosity within the British restaurant scene since it’s the first Pub that has been awarded a Michelin Star. And when we got there I was even more surprised: it seems like a traditional neighbourhood pub in a really quiet residential area. I wouldn’t have expected fine dining there if I’d just walked by. The atmosphere inside is also very pub-like (in a good way): welcoming staff, lots of warm wood, a vibe of friends and family gathering. We were curious and ready for lunch.
Grilled salted ox tongue, cauliflower cheese croquette and pickles – Some Ox Tongue and a good beer from the Hook Norton Brewery. What more does it need to satisfy a German? A dish reminiscent of French brasseries where a good deal of charcuterie is always on the menu.
Beef cheeks braised in ale with clotted cream mash, roast carrots and pickled walnuts. Beef cheeks braised in stout – probably the English version of Boeuf Bourguignon. Braised beef is always a heart warming dish and can never be a disappointment. So could this be called a Michelin starred dish? It definitely used prime ingredients and tasted yummy. A dish with soulfood bonus I’d say!
A truly satisfying lunch it was. high quality ingredients is the key in this restaurants battleplan. Creativity is subtly implemented in traditional dishes. A recommendation for everyone looking for a genuine food experience as opposed to modern fine dining. Thanks again foir the tip, Felix.
The Harwood Arms
27 Walham Grove, London
Tel: 020 7386 1847
Tube: West Brompton, Fulham Broadway