The County Arms – what a find!
Wow – we went here pretty much on a whim yesterday evening… what a delightful pub!
Located on the Trinity Road, by Wandsworth Common, I have passed by The County Arms many times and not really given it much thought. Arranging to meet a friend yesterday she suggested it as a convenient mid-way point between the two of us. A quick look of the website made it sound inviting enough so off we set.
The County Arms is a spacious, rambling pub and has a ‘country’ feel. We managed to secure a couple of comfy armchairs by the window – as well as watching the world pass by along the Trinity Road we could (just) see a cricket match finishing off on the common. Wanting a white wine that was suitable for both sipping and making up a spritzer I asked advice from the friendly barmaid, and she cheerfully suggested a white rioja which was very reasonably priced and nowhere near the high end of the wine list. I returned to our table armed with a bottle, two wine glasses (one filled with ice for the spritzer) and a pint of soda water – a great start.
We ordered some food (again, quick and friendly service at the bar) and were very impressed with the presentation. C had the pan fried fillet of sea bass with fennel, cherry tomatoes and olives in a lemon caper sauce. The sauce was rich and creamy and she pronounced the dish delicious. I went for the risotto verde (spring onions, peas, spinach and courgette) and was delighted with the surprise addition of a cheesy, crispy shell containing a few leaves and some asparagus drizzled in balsamic vinegar. The asparagus was perfectly steamed and very tasty and the cheesy shell added (even more) punch to the risotto, which was fresh and luscious and demanded to be eaten. C just about found room for dessert and had a serving of fruits of the forest & almond flan, served as requested without the clotted cream. I could manage no more than a coffee.
Service throughout was just spot on. Everyone was friendly and helpful and seemed happy to be there. There is a dedicated dining area at the rear of the pub and a large garden to the side. Children are welcome until 9pm (clearly stated at the door) and friendly dogs roam freely. This really is a pub for everyone.