Fun in the sun at the Fentiman Arms
Looking for somewhere for a lazy Sunday lunch not too far from Tate Britain, the Fentiman Arms sounded promising… and proved to be an excellent choice.
It was a sunny day and we managed to get there just in time to grab a table in the beer garden. The menu looked enticing enough and a few dishes being served to other diners looked and smelled delicious. Choices made we went off to the bar to place our order and get drinks – keeping things simple with a Chilean sauvignon blanc. The garden was buzzing and everyone looked set to enjoy the afternoon.
Our food arrived and none of us was disappointed. M went for a healthy option of pan-fried salmon with new potatoes, D had a roast beef sunday lunch and I had a warm wood pigeon salad with black pudding. The portions were all very generous and the food was very, very tasty. By this time the DJ was getting into his groove – we enjoyed an afternoon of disco sounds (many from the 70s and 80s) that were just perfect for a lazy, sunny Sunday afternoon. Not too loud but really adding to the general vibe of the garden.
The dessert menu proved to be too tempting for us all – though once more we were almost undone by the generous portions. M had the lemon tart with strawberries (disappointing pastry base), D had the chocolate brownie with ice cream and I had a delicious Baileys cheesecake with berry compote – creamy and rich and ultimately defeating!
The Fentiman Arms beer garden really is a place to linger so we stayed on for coffee and then more drinks, soaking up the sun and the general atmosphere of the place. The staff were all friendly enough and the service was generally very good. The garden is a real draw on a warm sunny day, but the comfy looking sofas and cushions in the bar would be equally inviting in the cold of winter. Yet another place I have to return to sometime soon…