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|Address:||260-262 Merton Road, London SW18 5JL|
|Tel:||020 8870 9244|
|Price: £35.00||Wine: £13.00||Champagne: £38.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 11am-11pm (Fri-Sat -12M Sun -10.30pm)|
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The Earl Spencer is a real find, and one of the few credible reasons to venture down Southfields way. The food is simple, but a testament to the virtues of first-class ingredients cooked by people who know what they're about. For my visit, I had the atlantic prawns (I'm a sucker for seafood) followed by the pigs cheeks (likewise, unusual cuts of meat).The former were excellent, juicy,succulent and well-prepared, and went splendidly with a pint of real ale. The latter was a revelation. The pork was full of piggy flavour, and the accompanying sprouts left me mystified why these vegetables attract such derision and venom; they were delightfully fresh and juicy as well. Top place, attentive and charming staff, well-kept beer, and all in all I floated home on a cloud of wellbeing and conviviality. Well worth the trip.