Restaurant review: The Hampshire Hog, W6

 An eclectic country pub in an urban setting 

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Go: For a lazy Sunday lunch. Or a jug of Pimms (or two) in the sunny garden.

Eat: Roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and mountains of veg.

Pay: Around £7 for a starter, £13 for a main course and £5 for pudding. Roasts are £17.

The Hampshire Hog is one of those pubs that leaves you feeling quite smug once you’ve found it. While Chiswick and Hammersmith’s riverfront are teeming with brilliant pubs, there’s a bit of a dearth of nice watering holes around King Street. It’s all chains, all-day breakfasts and sticky table tops.

The Hog, though, is different. It’s a cool country pub in an urban setting. Light and airy with mismatched chairs and tables, eclectic cushions, flowers, fairy lights and coloured glassware.

Plus it has a stand-out menu too. The pub offers simple, surprising and punchy dishes that look pretty on your plate. Think cress and fennel salad with barley, quinoa and ricotta, Bloody Mary mussels and steak with chimichurri sauce and parsnip crisps.

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And I haven’t even got around to the gem of a garden yet. It might not be the season for it – sadly the sun will have set by the time we venture out for a post-work Pimms now it’s October – but it’s worth remembering for when we are given back our long, sunny evenings.

There are rows of picnic benches on patio and raised decking, and countless potted plants. It’s a little green, south-facing haven on Hammersmith’s busy King Street.

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227 King Street, London W6 9JT thehampshirehog.com

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