Take a bunch of restaurant staff who have shed blood, sweet and tears working their way up to work in some of London’s finest bars and Michelin-starred restaurants and plonk them into an unassuming pub in Putney. What do you get? No this isn’t some cruel prank, but actually the recipe for one of the best gastro-pubs around.
Walk into The Prince of Wales and you could be in one of hundreds of pubs up and down the land. Old, mismatched wooden furniture, leather banquettes and walls full of hanging beer tankards suggest nothing out of the ordinary. Look closer though and you will see a bar stocked with one of the most discerning selections of spirits in South London, as well as a large selection of quality ale, larger and wine. The attention to detail starts the minute you order your drink. Ask for a standard gin & tonic, for example, and you are likely to be asked which brand of gin you want. If you don’t know, they will talk you through the various choices.
However, this isn’t fussy for the sake of being fussy. The young, passionate, knowledgeable and friendly team are all about providing the best customer experience, so whilst you go in thinking it’s just an average pub, you’ll leave expecting the same standards everywhere you go. It’s the same story with the food. Chef Dominic Robinson has put immense emphasis on quality produce without allowing prices to stray out of typical gastro-pub territory. The food is truly delicious.
We start with Barbeque glazed quail and a Charcuterie board offering a delicious selection of meats, including Alsace Bacon, home cured Duck ham & fois gras parfait. Mains really demonstrate Dominic’s exceptional cooking skills, with an unfashionable Onglet steak that has been slow cooked to give it an almost fillet like consistency, whilst the Loin of lamb with chickpea, pomegranate & pistachio salad gives our meal a more exotic twist. Desserts include a truly decadent Milk chocolate mousse with praline, hazelnut mousse & chocolate fudge ice cream, whilst the more savoury minded will enjoy the cheeseboard.
Cuisine type: Gastro-pub/British
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £60
Prince of Wales
138 Upper Richmond Road
London, SW15 2SP
Tel: 0208 788 1552