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|Address:||212 Fulham Road, London SW10 9PJ|
|Tel:||020 7768 1140|
|Price: £45.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £52.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sat 5-11pm Fri-Sat 12N-3pm Sun 12N-10pm|
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A visit to an elderly and ill family member at a hospital is never the best way to spend a Sunday, but thankfully we had pre –booked at the Penny Black Restaurant for Sunday lunch.
The Penny Black had come highly recommended by a friend who had also been to the Penny Black after attending the hospital as an outpatient.
We arrived at the Penny Black after a short walk from the hospital. I had parked my car earlier in the morning in one of the local side streets.Thankfully, parking nearby is relatively easy in comparison to other locations in London.
We were warmly greeted as soon as we stepped inside, our booking was confirmed and we were shown to our table.The restaurant has a very warm ambience about it and is tastefully and carefully decorated. The staff were attentive, knowledgeable, immaculately turned out and made you feel as though you were the most important clients to walk through the door that day.
The menu was made up of the all time British classics – dishes that, whilst everyone loves them, rarely make an appearance on London restaurant menus. French, Italian, Indian, Chinese and Thai food is generally the norm, so the Penny Black menu was a welcome and refreshing change.
My wife chose the toad in the hole, whilst I went with the traditional great British Sunday roast.
The service was impeccable and our wait, which was minimal, was richly rewarded when our meals arrived.
My wife’s Toad in the hole filled the plate and the plump and perfectly cooked sausages all three of them, looked fantastic. The accompanying vegetables were equally impressive, baby carrots with buttered cabbage and a gravy to die for!
My roast beef was cooked to perfection, the batter pudding came on its own plate, which given it was the size of a pram wheel was not surprising! The roast potatoes were crispy on the outside and lovely and fluffy on the inside, the vegetables, baby carrots and the best cauliflower cheese I have ever tasted were accompanied with the same to die for gravy as that that graced my wife’s plate.
The desert menu like the main course is, again, made up of great British favourites.My wife chose the Chocolate Fondant accompanied with mint choc chip ice cream and I went for the chocolate soup, yes soup! The soup was also accompanied by the mint choc chip ice cream and delicious home made short bread biscuit.
The fondant, a sponge bomb, exploded with a rich warm chocolate sauce and complemented the ice cream, or was it the other way round, perfectly.
My soup was rich, the biscuit delicately exquisite and the ice cream made a fantastic foil to the deliciously dark and not too bitter soup.
In conclusion to my review, I would highly recommend the Penny Black Restaurant, whether it be an anniversary, business lunch, spur of the moment meal or romantic date, there is something for everyone at the Penny Black Restaurant.
Go on, treat yourself, we will, again and again.