The Dove, 19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9TA

I’m sooo pleased I’ve found another wonderful place to write about! 

I met El G for a fantastic pub lunch this Saturday.  He has a knack for finding interesting places in London, and The Dove was a fantastic find.  A proper English pub, 17th century, filled with old and young, consisting of small rooms, an open fire, low wooden tudor beams, and best of all an outside wooden terrace – almost alp chalet style -overlooking the Thames right where it curls east and west (great for watching the boat race apparently).  With the sun shining on the river, people rowing past, walking dogs and pushing babies along the river, I felt like I was in The Wind In The Willows rather than central London.  And although the tweed jacket quotient was far higher than in the People’s Republic of Brixtonia, it wasn’t overpowered by the barber brigade.

El G and I found a table by the fire with the papers, and managed to sit for 3 hours drinking cider and juice and nattering without being hassled to order.  For beer lovers, there’s Fullers behind the bar, or a great wine selection including a very tasty Tempranillo.

We had to wait a while for food but in such lovely cosy surroundings, it didn’t matter at all.  Jason got battered cod and chips which was crisp and tasty but  I out-ordered him with an amazing pork belly dish (bad food bloggers for discussing pork belly so much recently!).  I don’t take photos but we drooled when it arrived – two thick slabs of juicy pork, spicy stuffing, gravy, maris piper mash and rustic carrots, and was amazingly good.  Washed down with my glass of red and it was up there with my best pub meals in London.  Ever.

Two massive mains, glass of wine, cider and hangover-recovery orange and lemonades cost £35 between two which is pretty amazing for the quality of the food, and strolling down the thames to Hammersmith was the perfect way to walk off a bellyfull of pork. 

Once the sun comes out, I’ll be reserving a table on the terrace outside overlooking the Thames for boozy Sunday lunches with friends, the start or end point of a Putney to Hammersmith thames-side walk. 

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3 responses to “The Dove, 19 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9TA

  1. Seconded! Back in my wild youth we used to do an awesome summer evening pub crawl along from the Riverside Studios on the other side of Hammersmith Bridge (back in the day when Chris Evans used to broadcast TFI Friday from there), via the Old Ship, and the bar next door that kept changing hands. We’d end up in the Dove and get a spot on the balcony overlooking the river. London at its best, when the sun is out and you can talk strangers …

    • Good call – I’m off to Riverside Studios for the first time in a couple of weeks to see “Fool for Love” with Sadie Frost/Carl Barat, so will pop along for some after-beers to The Dove. Looking forward to some summertime cider drinking on the terrace!

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