Are you looking for a perfect spot for an evening hideaway of somewhere to stop over for a pre-party cocktail? Look no further than Anglesea Arms. South Kensington is a classy, elegant neighborhood filled with chic Londoners. You will find this pub within a beautiful old building that has been around since the 1700s, painted in gleaming white with original period features. Sat on a corner, the front and side of the building are lined with chairs and benches for when the summer shows its face and it could be considered the most excellent roadside terrace in the capital. The surrounding trees and shrubbery are also breathtaking.
Anglesea Arms is everything a British pub should be. The old-timers and musty paintings and the dogs wearing union jack vests. It is perfect for a warm summer evening where flower boxes spill color around picnic tables and a long line of tempting tap handle advertising beers are available. Once inside, this pub will make you think it is something out of a storybook – probably why literary greats favored it. Rich redwoods cover every area with a real sense of history.
Thanks to its leather booth seating are mixed with simple wooden chairs and tables, the pub has a relaxing look. The dining area is separate for those looking to enjoy a substantial meal. But it still keeps with the overall smart yet relaxed pub aesthetic.
If you want tradition, this is what you will get at Anglesea Arms. Eating at Anglesea Arms is the best deal in town. They take their cooking seriously to make you a delightful meal. The cost of dining is quite high in London, but when you immerse yourself in a neighborhood pub, you get the same quality of dinner as its price which is of great value. The food could be described as posh pub fare and worth dipping into. Ham hock terrine and the whole sea bass are excellent dishes. If you are daring and want to experience something unique, get the 28-day-aged rib eye steak.
There are three types of roasts every Sunday. It’s a pub after your own heart. Their simple menu offers your traditional favorites. You will find fish and chips, battered cod with pea puree, chips and tartare. Their burger is a cheeseburger with chilli jam, caramelized onion and hand cut chips. If you like something a little more refined, you can order dishes such as the grilled sea bass with braised fennel, sautéed potato, and a balsamic reduction.
Anglesea Arms attracts the sorts of upmarket locals you won’t get in other areas of London. The well-heeled professionals who live or work nearby frequent the pub. During the summer, the few outdoor tables are likely to fill out by the time 5.30pm rolls around. In the winter the drinking area quickly fills up in the evenings, especially on Thursday or Friday night. The dining area is reserved for those who wish to eat, and it seems that lots of people go for this option to rest weary feet and fill rumbling bellies. Anglesea Arms most certainly is not the sort of place you visit after scraping back your hair and throwing on a hoody before catching up with mates over a quick pint.
It is a real beauty of a pub with its rich history, good selection of ale and posh pub nosh. And it proves that visiting South Kensington for a drink may not be as expensive as you feared.