10 December 2013

The Dove - My Favourite Pub in London

I've lived in north and north-west London since I moved here over ten years ago. Whether it's eating at the cafes and restaurants of leafy Hampstead or mooching through the markets of Camden, on the whole I find it a great place to live. 

Unfortunately for me, my very favourite pub is way over in Hammersmith, west of London. Set in a beautiful spot on the bend of the River Thames, how I wish this wonderfully cosy little place were on my doorstep.

A public house has stood on the site since the seventeenth century. The Dove's stunning riverside terrace area is perfect in the warmer months but even when the cold weather hits, the pub can provide you with heatproof macs so you can still enjoy the view. 

But it's at this time of year that I couldn't recommend a visit more. Ellie and I turned up at dinner time and the dimly lit pub looked stunning decorated with fairy lights and a gorgeous Christmas tree. 

Our table reservation had somehow been lost but the staff fell over themselves to accommodate us. I was relieved they could still fit us in within this tiny pub as I'd been looking forward to their fantastic comfort food all day!

Having studied the menu - a combination of traditional and modern dishes - over a glass of Merlot, I decided to order the Rabbit, Wild River Ale & Smoked Bacon Pie served with Garlic & Herb Mash and Braised Red Cabbage. Ellie plumped for the New Forest Venison cooked 3 ways.

It was absolutely as delicious as it looks and the portion sizes ensure you won't leave The Dove hungry!

For dessert we shared the Apple & Plum Crumble and the amazingly moist Vintage Ale Molasses Sticky Toffee Pudding - the sauce unusually on the inside!

It was another gorgeous visit to this charming pub. I think I'm going to have to visit again before the festive season is at an end!

There was actually a reason we were down this neck of the woods - we had tickets to see Russell Brand at the Hammersmith Apollo.

I've talked of my little fascination with all things Brand on the blog before. I've seen him do stand-up a few times and met him once too. During The Messiah Complex, he introduced us to his heroes Gandhi, Malcolm X, Che Guevara and Jesus Christ. It was as thought-provoking as it was entertaining and Russell never lost our attention.

We didn't quite get to meet him this time although this was probably just as well; he cancelled the next night's show in Southend due to sickness. Who knows what germs we might have caught.

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  1. Ooooh London looks magical in wintertime, and all that food has me salivating! I so hope my soon-to-be hubs and I can visit your area of the world someday soon!

    New follower via GFC and Bloglovin' :)

    1. Great stuff, welcome to my blog! Definitely visit London soon - I'm always here for tips on where to go :) x

  2. The apple crumble looks so yummy! I've never seen Brand do stand-up live before, but I imagine it was more than entertaining.

  3. Hurrah food good old fashioned English pubs :) I love the cute lights and decorations round the entrance, so warm and welcoming.
    Nice to see Ellie again on the blog, and Russell Brand is just brilliant. I love him in Arthur
    x x x

  4. Totally craving that pie now, looks delish! As does Mr Brand ;)

    Christy x
    Another Weekend Without Make-up

  5. This looks like such a gorgeous pub with such yummy food. I love going to pubs over winter it's so cosy! I wish i got to see Russell Brand, all the tickets were sold out! :(


    1. Try Stubhub - that's where I got mine and I got really good seats x

  6. Oh my, I can see why this is your favourite pub!

    That food looks incredible - I tried Rabbit for the first time this weekend, I was surprised by the taste, but can imagine it was delicious in that pie.

    Hmm maybe...

  7. This looks lovely Caroline - what a cute cosy place to go. Since I learnt that Russell Brand is actually really intelligent, I've always thought it would be really interesting to meet him too!

    Katie <3

  8. I love your pics!
    The food looks like very good!
    I hope that we'll follow us!

  9. These pictures are gorgeous and the food looks so good! Bet Russell brand was lots of fun x


  10. You can't beat a classic British pub! Looks utterly delicious and I'm with you on the pie!
    Bet Russell Brand was incredible.....JEALOUS!
    (P.S. Can't wait to hear about Brussels!)
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

  11. London looks magical! I'm visiting on Wednesday and I'm really excited to see it all decked out for Christmas!
    This post has also mad me incredibly homesick for my local pub at home, there's nothing like the cosiness of a good pub!
    Chloe x'o


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