King’s Head, Roehampton

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  • A new gastro pub brimming with atmosphere specialising in delicious rotisserie chicken

    The King’s Head set about livening up a reserved area on Roehampton’s High Street where there’s limited atmosphere – and that, it most certainly does packing a powerful punch with a buzzing ambience and impressive menu to boot.

    A £7 taxi will take you from Putney station to the pub that makes you feel as far away from the capital as a pair of hiking boots, and that’s certainly a good thing! On arrival all you’ll want to do is cosy up by the fire and be charmed by the farmhouse-like character created by exposed brick walls and wooden beams – ideal for losing an entire afternoon in.

    Book your table if you choose to dine on a Friday night, it gets considerably busy and because of the venue’s popularity the service can sometimes suffer, but thankfully it isn’t the same scenario in the kitchen.

    The menu changes every six weeks and I quickly established taste and freshness are the firm focus as I tucked into my starter of scallops with pea puree, smoked pork belly, squash crisps £10.95.

    Mains are what really rule the roost here and you’d be insane not to go for the rotisserie chicken, from £9.50, which of course I did! It’s served with thick, delicious bread sauce that is the perfect dipping pot for the game chips that you won’t be able to stop devouring.

    And devour I did along with a side of carrots of all colours and beetroot that came a good ten minutes after the rest of my food, while it didn’t harm the taste it did effect my enjoyment somewhat.

    The popularity of the pub is both its blessing and curse, you’ll have to ask twice to have some glasses to drink with the wine your ordered and I’d advise skipping desert. My greed was my punishment as the trio of desserts I’d order, to share with my guest (I have to stress) arrived fresh from the fridge, so fresh in fact they were rock solid and impossible to eat. We left defeated, but warm in the memory of our main, it was amazing.

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