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|Address:||35 Wingate Road, London W6 0UR|
|Tel:||020 8749 1291|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £17.75||Champagne: £60.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 11am-11pm Sun 12N-10.30pm|
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My friend tells me that the Anglesea Arms is a local favourite. There's a cat curled up on the bench seat next to us which gives the place a nice homely feel, despite the pared back interior which looks a bit All Bar One Mk II. The locals and their offspring are certainly treating it like home. If you've got kids, you'll probably like that non-judgmental vibe; if you haven't, you'll find yourself smothering sharp intakes of breath. I am confused initially about what to order as small blackboards advertise just a cuban cigar or elderflower presse; the longer list, when it is pointed out to me, doesn't inspire me much further (bit gastropub 2000). After ordering, we get a plate of prawns, which we share as nothing else appears. The prawns themselves are beautifully fresh and plump but it feels a bit conceited because we all know the spicy “marie rose” sauce it comes is really just Thousand Island dressing. Then a couple of starters arrive followed very shortly by a flurry of mains. All of them in fact. Before the starters are even half finished. Is the waiter confused about our party's size because the 2 little people at our table keep disappearing off to find the cat outside or has the kitchen decided to just deliver a dish when it's ready, like Wagamamas? I stoically carried on with my rabbit terrine which was OK but a bit chunky, not really rabbit-y enough, and had a big, cold piece of toast dragged out of yesterday's bread basket. I gave up half way through and moved on to the pappardelle before it went cold. The pasta was perfectly cooked (al dente) but the “ragu” was a bit disappointing: a nice, rich beefy flavour but not enough of it to cover each strand as it should so unctuously do. Anglesea Arms is trying hard, but that verges on the damning Try-Hard. You'll never admit it, smug locals, but if this is the best West London has to offer, you should move East.