With it twinkling fairy lights, jumbled auction-room furniture, movie posters and music memorabilia, this atmospheric, off-the-track boozer is a perennial favourite with local Chelsea-ites on the town. Pints of Pig's Ear (from the Uley Brewery), Breton cider and Belgian lagers go down well with a gooey Scotch egg at the bar, or you can nip upstairs to the oak-panelled dining room for more cheffy renditions of the gastropub repertoire. Porky pickings are arrayed on charcuterie boards, but also expect market-led dishes ranging from ballottine of rabbit and black pudding or smoked mackerel with pickled cucumber and pepper coulis to moules-frites, steak tartare or slow-cooked oxtail with Dijon mustard mash. Desserts might feature custard tart or pannacotta with poached pears, and the Francophile wine list also does its job. On the downside, offhand service and ‘stinky loos’ have annoyed some readers.
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