Because we hadn't booked ahead, I half expected to get turned away or told of a long wait for food, but this wasn't the case. We were welcomed in and lead through to a spacious dining area at the rear. A huge skylight in the ceiling meant that the big room was flooded with natural light and I was immediately struck by the warm ambiance of the place. As mentioned, the pub has recently undergone a refurb, and the attention to detail in its new decor is noticeable. We had these guys watching over us during lunch:
The friendly staff rallied round, quickly bringing us menus, drinking water and a highchair for our one-year-old. In no time, we were sipping on a crisp, cold glass of wine each (just water for the one-year-old) and perusing the menu. Despite the smell and sight of the roasts emerging from the kitchen, I opted for the Ploughman's, priced at £9.50, and wasn't disappointed. Served on a wooden board, it looked and tasted delicious.
Other options on the menu included 'Black bream, carrot & courgette spaghetti and cockles' for £13.90, or 'Ham hock, goats cheese, endives and pea shoots' for £9.50. My husband - a veggie - ordered the roast red pepper and artichoke tart with a side of fries, and said it was really tasty. We didn't order a main for our daughter, but if we'd have wanted to there is a separate children's menu with meals such as mini chipolatas & chips, or pasta & sauce, for £6 each. She did get to enjoy a scoop of strawberry ice cream for dessert though!
Other nice touches, such as the ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise being served in miniature jam-jars made it an impromptu meal to remember. The atmosphere and ambiance of the pub was just right, the staff were friendly and helpful, and I was very impressed with the standard of the toilets too - including the baby change in the disabled loo.
I'd definitely recommend it as a place to enjoy a reasonably priced lunch, although do book ahead to avoid disappointment, as we may have just got lucky. The pub is in a fantastic location, overlooking the River Thames. The nearest station is Barnes Bridge, which is a few minutes walk away, or there are regular buses going to and from Hammersmith where you'll find the nearest tube station. For more information, visit The Bull's Head website.