In very exciting news one of my friends has bought a pub. Well Ryan tells me he has “a small financial interest” but still this is something I can only encourage more friends to consider doing. The pub is called the Devonshire Arms in Chiswick and there is a crack team behind it. Ryan has teamed up with Nick Gibson of the Drapers Arms in North London and they have also brought along chef David Philpot previously of Le Caprice and Dean Street Townhouse. As you can see this is a pub with serious foodie credentials.
|Tiny scotch eggs|
The pub used to be a Gordon Ramsay establishment but it closed down and was boarded up and fairly derelict when the Devonshire Arms team got involved. They have spruced it up with dark wood panelled flooring and a big wooden bar, retro looking wallpaper and a fantastic beer garden area out the back.
|There is plenty of outdoor seating out the front and in the beer garden at the back|
The pub opens officially today but we were invited for a sneak peek last week. We feasted on fresh and vibrant spears of English asparagus, moreish haggis sausage rolls with flaky pastry, tiny cones of crunchy fish and chips, decadent truffled ham and cheese toasties and my favourite, the tiny quail scotch eggs. The scotch eggs were seriously like crack with the perfect mix of well seasoned sausage meat, a soft boiled yolk and a crunchy bread crumbed coating. It was all seriously good pub food and for this week only it is all 50 per cent off from the 4th to 11th July. So there is no excuse not to go and check it out really.
|Fish and chips in cones|
Details: The Devonshire Arms, 126 Devonshire Road, Chiswick W4 2JJ (Ph 020 8742 2302) Tube: Turnham Green, Twitter: @devonshirepubW4
Damage: We didn’t pay on this occasion. Starters are going to be priced between £6 to £7 and mains from £12.
I won’t give a rating as this is a friend’s pub so I can’t claim not to be biased – but I loved what I saw.
Gourmet Chick was a guest of The Devonshire Arms.