The only Michelin-starred pub in the capital, the Harwood Arms, is a London institution boasting some impressive credentials.
The pub maintained that star for another year and brought the gastropub to the tip of the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs 2020 list, cementing the pub in the number one spot for the first time – rising five places from 2019.
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.
The Harwood Arms prides itself on being “not your average gastropub”.
The London pub Arms is phenomenally popular, so it’s best to call ahead to avoid disappointment, especially for evening service.
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 is now at 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.
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.
Former head chef Sally Abé was at the helm of the Harwood Arms until recently, her position playing a major part of the pub’s high ranking this year.