The Hunter's Moon South Kensington

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British, Gastropub

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Bronze Award

It's a bold move to try and replicate a traditional country pub in the city, particularly in an area of London where most of the locals drive four-by-fours and make regular escapes to countryside pads at the weekends.

Yet with The Hunter's Moon, co-owners Hubert Beatson-Hird and Oliver Marlowe have managed to balance the feel of an old-fashioned country boozer with a refined Chelsea restaurant, and already the gastropub feels like a longstanding local despite having just opened its doors.

Indeed, on a brisk Thursday evening the casual front area of the venue was buzzing with smartly attired chaps tucking greedily into Scotch eggs and sausage rolls whilst enjoying a post-work pint. The beautiful oak floors and mismatched furniture add to an ambience that's laid-back and informal while still retaining a touch of plush elegance that's in keeping with the area.

The pastoral theme continues in the dining area with a beautiful open fireplace, Aga and blackboard scrawled with daily specials; and yet the pendulum lighting, tiled floor and leather banquette seating all lend the spacious room a distinctive Chelsea townhouse vibe.

The food follows a similar pattern – hearty classics reimagined with careful presentation and contemporary twists. Venison tartare was perfectly seasoned and topped with a pickled walnut ketchup and parsnip crisps, while the scallop ceviche garnished with dollops of whipped avocado mousse, pickled ginger and a finger-licking ponzu dressing achieved the tricky feat of matching stunning presentation with equally stunning flavours. 

Our main courses were less remarkable but enjoyable nonetheless. Roast guinea fowl was a little bland but made up for by a succulent pastilla of leg meat and moreish truffle sauce. Tender braised featherblade of beef had good flavour but was a little on the dry side, as were the chunky parmesan and truffle chips that accompanied it.

Any issues with the mains, however, were compensated for by a dessert list that promises retro delights and unequivocally delivers. Rhubarb pavolva was a pillowy cloud atop a silky smooth crème patissière sprinkled generously with a biscuity ginger crumb. Hot chocolate mousse was more decadent still, served with shards of nougatine and topped with a refreshing milk ice cream. An affordable and extensive wine list is another big draw, as is the warm and attentive service.

This isn't a rustic come-in-your-wellies kind of pub by any stretch of the imagination but it certainly emanates a distinctive countryside charm – the kind of place where dogs are heartily welcomed, just so long as their owners are well groomed.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
British, Gastropub
Ambience
Cosy, Fun, Lively, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Dog friendly, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Child friendly, Dates
Food Hygiene Rating

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Location for The Hunter's Moon South Kensington

86 Fulham Road, South Kensington, London, SW3 6HR

020 3904 2270

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-23:00
Tue 12:00-00:00
Wed 12:00-00:00
Thu 12:00-00:00
Fri 12:00-00:00
Sat 10:00-00:00
Sun 11:30-23:00

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