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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, and 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 and 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 and cannellini bean salad, followed by game pie, or roasted pork belly with pinto beans and crispy trotters. Prices are moderate considering the area, and the wine list contains some pleasing choices.

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The Carpenter's Arms

91 Black Lion Lane ,London W6 9BG

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Jan 2013

My husband and I have been meaning to go to the Carpenter's Arms ever since AA Gill's review and finally made it a week ago. I'm sad to say that it was disappointing. We arrived early to have a drink at the bar (we'd read the Adnams bitter was good); my pint was the last of the barrel and lovely, my husband's was from the new barrel and very cloudy. We waited for it to clear, which it didn't and when we commented, we were told it's the taste not the appearance that matters. I am not sure if die-hard...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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The Carpenter's Arms

91 Black Lion Lane ,London W6 9BG

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Apr 2010

Definitely no longer five star! We expected a really busy, buzzing atmosphere and were a little surprised to find the pub empty except for one other party. Yes there is a recession on; however, people, still eat and eat well, which is what we tried to do. Despite the surreptitious and initially unexplained substitution of a green salad for a tomato and onion one, our mains were good, as was the service, albeit a little pricey relative to other gastro pubs on the one hand and high street brassieres...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 4

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91 Black Lion Lane ,London W6 9BG

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Dec 2008

Quite disappointing. Booked a few days in advance and were advised that we could have our table (for 6 people) from 8.30, however our order wouldn't be taken until 9pm due to “congestion in the kitchen”. On the night it was nearing 9.45 before our order was taken, so we decided, as we'd consumed quite a lot of wine by that point and it was getting late, that we'd skip starters and head straight for mains to speed things up. After numerous prompts and requests for ETA's our mains finally arrived until...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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