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|Address:||35 Old Church Street, London SW3 5BS|
|Tel:||020 7352 2908|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £17.50||Champagne: £18.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -9.30pm)|
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Wonderful atmospheric pub: quiet corner on back street location, dim pools of lighting, flickering candles on the table, traditional wooden pub tables/benches, super smiley bar staff. This is a great place for a drink. Unfortunately it's not so great a place for a meal. Our evening started off wonderfully with a Scotch egg that knocked socks off the old 70s picnic hamper version: herb-infused soft meat which actually tasted of pork, with light crispy batter and, wonder-of-wonders, the egg cooked almost to Heston perfection with a still gooey yolk. When the £18 steak came though, despite chewing a dietician-friendly 25 times, it was still unswallowable. We could have put it down to a one-off bad bit of meat, but my risotto was so bland it was a bit like eating porridge with just the occasional bit of relief provided by the quartered artichoke heart perched on top. We were in the bar so perhaps restaurant-goers would fare better (although it's still the same kitchen I presume)? We had a very drinkable bottle of Pinot Noir for £22 but still the £70 bill for 2 was, if not daylight robbery as suggested below, probably twilight pickpocketing. It's become de rigeur for gastropubs to charge these kinds of prices but it's only justified if the food matches up. I would heartily recommend the Pig's Ear for a drink (and a Scotch egg) but steer clear of a meal unless you get a recommendation from someone that they've got another signature dish they can do justice.