The Harwood Arms *
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. – Dan Millman
Before leaving on a quick trip to Japan, I wanted to share one of my most notable dining experiences during my visit to London last month.
Having briefly read about The Harwood Arms, a pub with outstanding accolades including being the only pub with a Michelin star in all of London, Mr H. and I knew a visit was necessary.
The restaurant is known for their high quality, fresh game meat. I guess you can say they’ve got their game on. 😉
With reservations made a month in advance, two weeks out being sufficient, we headed to Fulham on a lazy afternoon for a late lunch.
Our plan: Eat, drink and be merry!
The location is hidden down the neighborhood’s back streets, a charming walk leading to the pub/restaurant. It was easy to get to using public transportation.
[Head team Harwood included: Mike Robinson (Director) , Brett Graham (Director), Chef Alex Harper (Head Chef), Alex Sergeant (General Manager), Nico Richard (Assistant Manager), and Sarah Marouane (Assistant Manager).]
Once arrived, we were greeted by Assistant Manager, Sarah Marouane, and seated quickly. The rustic vibe was certainly there and the fine details and linens elevated it to something more.
We opted to order one set meal from the lunch menu and the blackboard special. Lucky me! There was only one order of the special left.
The food was prepared with much detail and care. Every bite balanced in taste and texture. You can visually tell Chef Alex Sergeant and his team treated every ingredient with care.
Despite being overzealous about trying the blackboard specials, I was disappointed in the aged meat. It was underwhelming in taste. Perhaps, it’s because every dish was an A player. And I had to pick a least favorite.
Besides the delay in our appetizers, they seem to have their “game” on. The service is thoughtful and the staff is charming.
Before the bill arrived, we were graced with a surprise visit as Mike Robinson walks up to our table. It was an honor and rarity!
He had just returned from his morning hunt and shared his experience with us. Mike is an avid hunter, that’s how the restaurant emerged. Simply by passion. To deliver an organic process from start to finish and sourcing local restaurants with the finest deer meat. The meat goes through a very thorough check list before it makes it to any table. Each deer is respected with finest of care. (see below for detailed name cards of each dear)
It was such a pleasure meeting Mike. During our next visit we must attend during dinner and order his recommended cuts of deer for the day.
We walked away with much more than a belly filled with delicious food. We left filled with knowledge and an experience of a lifetime.
Additionally, if you do have the chance to visit, make sure to ask about the rooftop vegetable garden. They grow a vast variety of goodies; heritage tomatoes, beans, courgettes, and leaves which are mentioned to be used in many of the dishes.
Truly a treat and day of exploration. Nothing average here.
Dining specials: (From their website)
“We offer a set-priced menu for lunch and dinner, priced at £35.50 for two course and £42.50 for three courses.
From Tuesday to Friday at Lunchtime (excluding December), we also offer our daily starter, main course and dessert from our blackboard, priced at two courses for £22.50 and three courses for £27.50.”
How to get there:
The pub is a 5 minute walk from all bus stops and tube station at Fulham Broadway.
Travelcard Zone 2.
Reservations are made available via opentable.