Top 50 Gastropubs

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Harwood Arms

The pub has maintained that star year after year, seeing the venue rise to the top of the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs 2020 list, becoming the first London gastropub to take the title.

Eating at the Harwood Arms is a cosy affair that won’t break the bank… unless you let the extensive wine list carry you away, that is. Three courses will set you back just £55 or two will cost just £42. Considering it’s a Michelin-starred venue, we think this is extremely reasonable.

The Harwood Arms prides itself on being “not your average gastropub” and is hidden away in Fulham’s backstreets offering award-winning food and wine in a casual and relaxed environment.

British produce, with a focus on game and wild food, is the prime focus for head chef Jake Leach.

Leach has worked in some of London’s greatest restaurants including Fera and under the Harwood Arm’s director Brett Graham at the two Michelin-starred Ledbury.

He has travelled the world and in the kitchen at the Harwood Arms he will look to develop his love for game and fine British produce.

Back in 2009, the Harwood Arms was something new and out of the ordinary; a pristine fine-dining pub with an exceptional menu that also embraced local drinkers.

Stephen Williams, who moved onto 40 Maltby Street, was brought in as head chef when the pub was co-founded by top-notch food duo Brett Graham (owner of two-Michelin starred the Ledbury) and Mike Robinson in 2009. The ethos behind the Harwood Arms’ inception was to create a pub that went beyond what was typical at the time, which they have undeniably achieved. Former head chef Sally Abé was at the helm of the Harwood Arms until recently.

Just a year after launching, a Michelin star was bestowed on the venue, which it has maintained ever since, making it the first London pub of its kind to achieve such an accolade.

The London pub is phenomenally popular, so it’s best to call ahead to avoid disappointment, especially for evening service.

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