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Published August 25th 2012
The Durell Arms, Fulham
Once upon a time the local pub was one of the cornerstones of British life; wherever there was people there was a pub to provide refreshment, entertainment and a venue to socialise in at the end of the working week. Nowadays, many of these buildings have been replaced with shops, housing developments or simply left to rot as sad reminders of their former glories.
Some pubs, however, are railing against the tide and flying the flag for the role of the public house in modern Britain. One of those pubs is the Durell Arms on Fulham Road.
The Durell Arms' gloriously positive manifesto is laid out for all to see on the pubs' official website;
We firmly believe that any pub should be the hub of its local community," it explains, proudly, "and try to provide a selection of events to cater for all the eclectic and wonderful people who live in Fulham."
Always lively and with one of the best atmospheres of any drinking establishment in the area, a visit to The Durell Arms quickly reveals the place to be far more than just a boozer. On Friday and Saturday nights, the bar area and terrace on Fulham Road buzz with the sort vibrancy that sets a 'great pub' apart from a 'good pub', while on Sunday nights patrons are eased back into the working week with a gentle acoustic-themed evening.
Factor in things like quiz and games nights during the week and you start to see that the Durell Arms is a pub with all the bases covered.
Of course, all this good work would fall apart if it weren't for the pub staples of good food and good drinks - both of which the Durell Arms has in abundance.
The Durell Arms' specialities are hearty sharing platters which turn dining into a social occasion. The pub also prides itself on a strong relationship with local butchers The Parson's Nose, ensuring that The Durell Arms stays true to the community orientated policies laid out on its website.
With an impressive range of wines, spirits and beers – including the excellent and highly recommended Bitburger on tap for £4 a pint – the Durell Arms is definitely worth a visit if you find yourself with time to kill in West London.