The Pear Tree, Fulham
Our dining room in Vienna was round and for that reason (and perhaps also for the stunning views of the Belvedere Palace) it felt very unique. There is something about round rooms that adds a certain intimacy and coziness that a standard cornered room fails to achieve. And so The Pear Tree lucks out: it is primarily a large round room, with dark blue walls, large windows and a bar in the middle. It is exactly the kind of place you want to spend a cold and wet evening in; warm, homely and embracing.
Describing itself as a gourmet pub, the Pear Tree cleverly combines that casual, welcoming atmosphere of your local with some seriously good food. It’s really more of a restaurant and less of a boozer. It’s small and despite our early booking (7pm), the room was full when we arrived – so definitely book ahead. Despite being hidden away in the depths of Barons Court, this is clearly a popular place for Fulhamites and those coming further afield. It is also the perfect date place; with small, candlelit tables, low lighting and charming service.
The menu is written on blackboards which are dotted around the room. Prices are reasonable and the menu is varied. It has your classic comfort food, like the chicken and leak pie my aunt had but also has more sophisticated dishes, like risotto with scallops and chicken livers.
They have a few touches which I really liked. Upon arrival you are served amazing warm soda bread with creamy butter. I know that’s not a huge deal but these days few (affordable) restaurants still do this on a complimentary basis (another excellent gourmet pub that does this is the Harwood Arms). They also serve their water from a beautiful glass decanter, which they keep topping up. No one likes a thirsty guest.
The food was excellent. I had the braised steak with bone marrow and parsnip puree, the perfect dish for a cold night. I find puddings hard to resist and so had to try the chocolate and hazelnut mouse (served in a cup). Too good. My aunt’s bread and butter pudding went down a treat too.
If you want to come to the Pear Tree for a chilled afternoon that’s also definitely an option – they have heaps of board games or you can grab a window seat and watch the world go by. They also have a garden which must be wonderful in the summer.
Possibly one of my favourite pubs in London, so definitely give it a go.
14 Margravine Road
London W6 8HJ