The Salusbury

50-52 Salusbury Road , London, NW6 6NN

SquareMeal Review of The Salusbury

Good gastropubs are surprisingly scarce in NW6, & The Salusbury is one of the few worth a journey. Effortlessly unpretentious & thoroughly laid-back, it combines good looks with smiley staff to attract a jovial assembly of Queen’s Park’s younger denizens. A pre-dinner Bellini will only set you back £6, & an accessible bunch of wines includes some surprisingly good Italian bottles designed to complement the rarely changing menu. Start with the likes of tuna bresaola with shaved fennel, or chicken liver & Marsala crostini, then head for the top-gear homemade pasta – the pappardelle with duck ragù has reached legendary status with locals. Vin santo & cantucci round off meals neatly. Next door, the food store is full of take-home treats.

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The Salusbury Location

50-52 Salusbury Road , London NW6 6NN

Opening times

Tues-Sun 12N-3.30pm Mon-Sun 7-10.15pm

The Salusbury's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 5.2

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Service: 4.4

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Atmosphere: 5.4

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Value: 4.2

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Food + drink: 1

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 2

11 October 2012

As a local, I have eaten at the Salusbury numerous times over the years, and would usually consider it quite dependable. However my most recent meal there was really dreadful. The lemon sole I was served was on the verge of being very off. My dining companion and I couldn't get the horrible taste of it out of our mouths, it was so ‘fishy’ and unpleasant. We didn't want to cause a fuss, but when we tried to politely ask the manageress to replace it, she took the fish, and returned to say that she and the kitchen both though the fish was fine, which it patently was not. I will not bore everyone with the details of how poor the resolution of the issue was. Suffice to say, I am not every going back, which is a shame, because it has a been a dependable neighbourhood restaurant until now.

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 3

13 April 2012

I have been here dozens of times, as it is local, and taken numerous overseas visitors over the years. They all loved it, and so do I. The love comes from the quality of the food, which over the years has been consistently excellent. It has an Italian theme, and an Italian I know who has been there a lot with me, thinks they do it well. This is largely due to their appropriate use of ingredients according to the season – so Autumn sees pumpkin and sage ravioli, summer brings tomatoes and burrata and so on. Their seafood linguine is superb – big langoustines, clams and all in a good reduced fish stock sauce.

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 1

06 April 2012

In good spirits at the start of our Easter break I booked a table for two at the Salusbury restaurant. My wife and I have been there on numerous occasions and whilst we dislike the new (and faintly ridiculous) decor the food has always been decent albeit over-priced. We ordered from the friendly waitress. And then waited, And waited. We asked where out starter courses were and the embarrassed waitress explained that she had forgotton to add our order to the chef. People make mistakes so we didn't get upset and to be fair the waitress offered as a desert on the house. My main course of Lamb Shank was delicious as was the fried courgette. My wife's pasta was decent too. I ordered the gorgonzola cheese for my desert and what was put in front of me was a plate with three measly cheese biscuits with, what looked like anyway, cast off bits of cheese including, I think, cheddar and parsmeasan. It was awful, truly awful. It was clearly flung together in the kitchen with no explanation as to the absence of gorgonzola cheese! I then ordered an expresso and was presented with a black coffee. So to summarise terrible service to the extent we left thinking that they simply didn't know what they were doing, Utterly clueless. I don't think we will be going back.

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