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So many reasons to love The Atlas

February 9, 2011

The Atlas in West Brompton has to be one of my favourite places to go to for a drink and a bite to eat. I hadn’t been there since before Christmas so a return visit at the end of last week felt rather overdue.

A televised Six Nations rugby match meant the pub was pretty busy but we managed to grab a table ¬†fairly early on and settled in for a relaxed and enjoyable evening. Being somewhere familiar, comfortable and welcoming just adds to the general well-being of everyone there – and that’s before I talk about the food… and the wine… and the beer.

The wine list at The Atlas is well priced and offers an excellent range, with several wines available by the glass. I had a glass of Chenin Blanc that really was delicious – surprisingly refreshing and fruity. A bottle of grenache from Australia’s McLaren Vale was the perfect accompaniment to dinner. The Atlas always has several real ales available on draught – everyone was happy.

The food at the Atlas always hits the spot. I have often had the risotto of the day and never been disappointed. This time though I had a hankering for spinach so settled on the salmon and dill fishcakes with sauteed spinach and was not disappointed. J was very happy with her steak and roast potatoes (“cooked perfectly pink”) and A seemed to enjoy his duck dish. For the first time in a very long time I had dessert at the Atlas – the Douglas chocolate and almond cake. This was a delightfully light and chocolate-y choice (not much almond though) served with whipped cream.. just right.

It really was a lovely evening. The staff are always friendly and helpful at the Atlas – it always feels like going home. I shall not leave it so long next time!

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