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South Hammersmith residents should rejoice: in The Crabtree, they have a pub with one of London’s best Thames-side beer gardens, located in a position that only locals & hardy beer fans bother
reaching. Nevertheless, the place buzzes on a sunny afternoon – as the barbecue sends grilled meat aromas over the river, & the Harrods depository looms handsomely on the opposite bank. Real
ales are kept meticulously, & an outside bar sells chilled bottles of lager to sun-hungry drinkers. In chilly weather, the smart Victorian interior comes into its own, & the British-led
menu is full of warming dishes such as pan-roasted lamb’s liver & herb butter on sourdough with salsa verde, or Barnsley chop with Chantenay carrots & mint jus. Prices are pretty high, but
service is prompt & cheery.
The good news is Pascal is back from France but the bad news is Arabella is now with her father for 14 days and I am missing her already and it is only day 1â¦..anyway exercise is always good for the mind so today I have done a 40 minute run and a 45 minute cycle. Plus I managed not to fall off the bike this timeâ¦.phew!!Obviously Pascal and I had to reward ourselves with lunch so we decided to try The Crabtree which is on the Thames Walk between Putney and Hammersmith bridges. I regularly run past here and admire the huge garden but what I didn't realise is it also has a more secluded area right on the edge - gorgeous! (Sorry for the bad quality picture but it's off the internet as I didn't take one).The menu has a variety a sharing platters, starters such as mozzarella and tomato salad or garlic prawns and then mains such as crab linguine or pub classics like fish and chips and ham, egg and chips. There is also a barbecue menu which I will definitely be trying next time!!Pascal and I decided to share the Spanish charcuterie platter, the baked Camembert, a rocket and Parmesan salad and a chicken liver parfait. We also had a bottle of rose which wasn't the best but still enjoyable!Like always we could barely fit all the food on the table. The baked Camembert was topped with garlic and rosemary and came with crispy new potatoes and cornichons.This is what dreams are made of!! Melted Camembert with garlic on lightly oiled crostini - amazing - both Pascal adored this and could have easily eaten one each!The chicken liver parfait was also delicious and the bread so soft.We also enjoyed the charcuterie platter of salami, chorizo, pork, caper berries and little white onions although neither of us appreciated the sardinesâ¦which unfortunately also made some of the meats fishy!!The rocket and Parmesan salad was delicious - lots of Parmesan and we also had some bread and olive oil which was incredibly soft and fresh.Even though there was a great selection of puddings such as chocolate brownie, sticky toffee pudding and a cheese platter, we were too full.It was a delicious meal though and a beautiful setting plus friendly efficient service - I think this is definitely going to become our new summer local. It also has a large area inside, a private dining area and a second outside area with big tables for groups.The CrabtreeRainville Road,LondonW6 9HATel: 020 7385 3929Email: [email protected]
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