Easter Sunday calls for a special lunch. So Rob sweetly decided to take me out for a local Fulham lunch.
It was raining but the dog needed walking so we thought we’d just walk to the Fulham road and see what we came across. And hoped the dog would be allowed in too.
Luckily for us we found the Brown Cow – a gourmet pub Rob had been before and I had actually always wanted to go to.
My fear was Matsu would not be welcome since it looked too nice inside to allow soggy dogs, but by some miracle they were more than happy for her to come in. And even had a jar of dog biscuits on the side, so she was clearly no exception.
The Brown Cow is an example of what the Brits do well: a cosy, warm and welcoming pub. Big windows which let in plenty of light, a busy bar (with plates of tempting sausage rolls and jugs of Bloody Marys on display) and lovely wooden floorboards which give it a homely feel. Large blackboards boast the specials of the day. Trinkets hang on the walls. And weekend newspapers and magazines are free to read.
We decided to share two main courses (since we both suffer from serious bouts of food envy) and opted for the obligatory Sunday Roast (Roast Welsh Black Beef) and for the Leek macaroni cheese with avocado & tomato salad. Food came quickly.
The roast was excellent – the beef nicely pink, the roast potatoes crispy, the Yorkshire pudding large and fluffy. The accompanying vegetables of broccoli, carrot and mashed sweet potato were good too.
The macaroni cheese perhaps lacked seasoning, but the texture was good – creamy and cheesy without being oily. And I really liked the addition of the leeks. It gives you that false hope that there is a degree of healthiness about it. The avocado and tomato salad was a nice accompaniment – but I’m biased because I like anything to do with avocados.
Best thing about the meal though? The Brownie Sundae. I’m not really a fan of Sundaes – too much cream and little else in my opinion. But Rob felt like it. And wow, am I glad he did. Yes there was cream, but not too much. The majority was chocolate ice cream, chocolate brownies and crushed orange biscuits. Orange and chocolate go so well together and since we weren’t expecting the orange taste – it made this one of the best puddings I’d had in a while.
And Matsu? She was very happy watching people come in and out of the pub (we sat by the door). The staff loved her. And she loved the dog biscuit she was given.
All in all: everyone happy.
The Brown Cow Public House
676 Fulham Rd, London SW6 5SA