The Plimsol is in many ways, just like an ordinary pub. It has period features like wooden wall panelling, small tables and rustic bar stools, and assorted wine bottles covered in wax, lighting its nooks and crannies. And yet, The Plimsol has quite a reputation for being extra-ordinary, especially when it comes to its menu which The Guardian says making getting a reservation here akin to 'gold dust'.
The kitchen is helmed by chefs Jamie Allan and Ed McIlroy who are known for their previous pop-up Four Legs at The Compton Arms. Their time there made them 'food-scene famous' and they've been heralded fo their experimentational attitude and ability to bring together seemingly at odds taste combinations with delicious effect.
The Plimsol states it isn't fine dining, nor is it trying to be, with the chefs saying that they prefer to cook for themselves, and how they like to eat. You won't find a regular menu here, instead an ever-changing mix of seasonal dishes. While you can't be sure what will be available on the night, the pub's Instagram offers a glimpse into a few recents. Among postings you'll see pictures of pigeon bhuna, crumbed prawn and mayo on bread, and egg poached in red wine, winter truffle and ham.
The menu is usually broken up into starters, mains and desserts, often with a cheese course option, too. While there isn't a drinks menu online, the Instagram shows that the team favour English wines and small producers, with a fondness for natural bottles, too. There's also plenty of beers and after dinner aperetifs too.
Bookings can be made on Resy and reservations are only on a 90 minutes turn-around, a sign of the food's popularity. Be sure to look out for seasonal bookings such as Christmas, New Years and Burns Night.