In these days of flock-wallpapered gastropubs, there’s much to be said for The Carpenter’s Arms’ pared-down, slightly frayed look. The well-heeled regulars (denizens of these smart west Hammersmith backwaters) seem to have genuine affinity for the worn interiors, & are willing to overlook the limited beer selection. In return, they get a local that truly feels like a local, with affable hosts, a pleasant beer garden & a varied menu of Mediterranean-influenced food – though reports suggest that standards might have dipped of late. Dinner could see pan-fried sardines with panzanella salad, or grilled squid with marinated peppers & cannellini bean salad, followed by game pie, or roasted pork belly with pinto beans & crispy trotters. Prices are moderate considering the area, & the wine list contains some pleasing choices.
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