Dinner at The Sand’s End, Fulham

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Literally around the corner from where I live, is a well-known gastro pub – The Sand’s End. Although walking past it several times I week I haven’t actually been there until this past weekend.

The pub is very cosy with a bar area at the front with plenty of tables and the restaurant area at the back of the building.

Both Malin, who I went with, and I took two starters each. We’d had a big lunch in the office that day so I wanted something lighter than a big hearty maincourse. What I had was perfect, as it was two smaller dishes but together they were substantial enough.

The first starter was the homemade tagliatelle with cold water prawns, chilli and coriander – delicious. The pasta was al dente and full of flavour and the prawns soft and sweet. This was a very different way for me to eat these prawns. Cold water prawns are a staple in the Swedish diet. When I grew up we had them once a week, usually on Fridays. There are so many ways to cook and eat them but we generally add them to a hot sauce very last minute. These prawns were so soft they must have cooked in the sauce for quite some time. A very different texture compared to what I am used to, but not unpleasant.

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My next dish was a classic steak tartare served with an extra yolk and toast. It was hand cut which I very much prefer, it adds so much to the texture and the flavour was lovely; quite full on and with a kick to it. Really nice!

And speaking of steak tartare, try this recipe if you want to make it yourself.

I really enjoyed this relaxed meal and will of course be back shortly. How can I resist when it is practically on my doorstep?!

The Sand’s End

135-137 Stephendale Road

London SW6 2PR

Dinner at Harwood Arms, Fulham

I can’t believe I have lived in Fulham since July and only recently visited the one Michelin-starred gastropub Harwood Arms.

The pub feels really cosy and more like a restaurant-pub than a pub-pub. You can have just a drink here, but most of the tables are for the dining guests.

My dinner companion and I decided on two starters each and that was plenty of food. I couldn’t even finish my second starter, but both the dishes I had chosen were quite meat-heavy so it was not surprising that they were so filling.

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The beetroot cured salmon (or gravad lax as we Scandis like to call it) was full of flavour and firm in texture.

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But I enjoyed the ham hock even more. The soft and stringy meat worked wonderfully well with the leek and creamy duck egg, but the crispy bits were even better!

HAThe dish we had one each of was the beef faggots, and it was actually my first time trying faggots. These were absolutely delicious, just very filling. And the smoked bone marrow it was served with was a delight on its own.

I can’t wait to go back, and am actually planning on taking my parents here when they visit in about a months time.

Harwood Arms

Walham Grove

Fulham

London SW6 1QP