After a full on day at the Goodwood Revival we were cold and seriously hungry, and I was really pleased with myself for booking a table at my local pub for dinner. We went there straight from the train and after looking at the menu for two seconds we all settled for steak and ordered three hanger steak, red wine (for mum and me) and cider (for dad).
The hanger steak arrived quickly accompanied by shallot purée, amandine potatoes, girolles, carrots, spinach and jus. It was delicious and just the hearty type of food we craved!
After the maincourse we could relax a bit (I certainly know where my hunger panic comes from…) and ordered two puddings to share. One pretty-as-a-picture lemon meringue pie with lemon jelly and one cheesecake with plum icecream, ginger bread mousse, plums and blackberries. Both were delicious and perfectly executed.
I’m so pleased to have this amazing pub just around the corner. The pub bit is cozy and offers nice snacks and the restaurant bit is just as rustic but with really good food!
The Sands End, 135-137 Stephendale Rd, London SW6 2PR
On Thursday when Maria and Daniel had dropped their bags off at the hotel I took them to my local pub for dinner. Little Otto was awake a little in the beginning and although the pub didn’t have any high chairs it was no problem bringing him into the restaurant. After some bread Daniel took him for a walk and in the meantime Maria and I enjoyed some wine and delicious food.
My perfectly grilled plaice with clams, seaweed butter, fennel puré, samphire and pickled cucumber was utterly delicious. The flavours worked really well together and the seaweed butter was amazing.
Both Maria and Daniel had the fried cornish cod (also perfectly cooked), ‘nduja risotto, salted almonds, aoili and pecorino. They absolutely loved it and the blurry picture above hardly does it justice, sorry about that!
My main course was fantastic but not super filling and not in the mood for something sweet I decided on a starter instead. The foie gras and chicken liver parfait with a thin layer of white wine jelly served with toasted brioche was also delicious.
Daniel, also not completely full was in the mood for pudding and had the chocolate crémeux with caramel ice cream, olive oil and barley. Divine!
Last time I had dinner here was probably more than a year ago and I remember it being nice but nowhere near this good. Trust me, I will be back shortly to sample the rest of the menu… and maybe have that plaice again.
The Sand’s End, 135-137 Stephendale Road, London SW6 2PR
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.
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