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The Best Places to Eat Near London’s Premier League Football Grounds

Where to find food near London’s Premier League football stadia

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Premier League football stadiums — imposing, historic, and new, too — are dotted all over London. Near them, in the tangle of streets around, are restaurants and food stalls worth skipping a match day pie for: near Selhurst Park is arguably the capital’s finest jerk chicken; close to the Emirates are some of London’s very best Xi’an Chinese noodles. Here’s where to eat near London’s stadia, including Tottenham’s impressive new White Hart Lane.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tasty Jerk

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88 Whitehorse Ln
London SE25 6RQ, UK

Crystal Palace FC: Selhurst Park

Most, if not all, Crystal Palace fans will have heard of Tasty Jerk. Goat, pork, or chicken, the meat is always powerfully succulent, with those charred anointing edges apparently only possible when barbecue is performed on bent black steel. The spice and heat builds gradually with each mouthful and the smokey flavour is intensely moreish. A bed of rice and peas is always an addictive happy stodge, and the chilli sauce, piquant with scotch bonnets, will always provide a match day kick.

2. Doneagles Fish and Chip Restaurant

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31 Whitehorse Ln
London SE25 6RD, UK
020 8771 0149

Crystal Palace FC: Selhurst Park

Up the road from Selhurst Park is Doneagles, another mainstay of South London dining, where warmth replaces a dull reticence too often seen in hospitality today. Doneagles is a proper chippie — no paying extra for sachets of sauce, and clean cut potatoes are untouched by shards of batter bits. Here, cod is enrobed in the deepest gold, and chips are soft and fluffy. There is no better beer soaker-upper; Doneagles does a good and necessary curry sauce.

3. Boxpark Croydon

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99 George St
Croydon CR0 1LD, UK

Crystal Palace FC: Selhurst Park

A little journey south, on the doorstep of East Croydon station, is Boxpark, the brand’s second iteration well-known to Eater London. For customers hoping for tried and tested food, MeatLiquor, which towers above the rest on the first floor of the space, needs no introduction. Ladle, meanwhile, serving rich curries and warming bowls, is another satisfying option. But perhaps the most interesting venture right now is What the Pitta, a vegan kebab shop where soya ‘doner’, meat, salty and spiced, replaces lamb — it does the job.

Gourmet junk London burger restaurant Meatliquor has closed its restaurant on Market Row in Brixton, south London MeatLiquor [Official Photo]

4. Xi'an Impression London

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117 Benwell Rd
London N7 7BW, UK

Arsenal FC: Emirates Stadium

It’s stupidly difficult to get a table at Xi’an Impression on a match day. In fact, it’s difficult on any day. But it’s doable if tactical. Just leave lots of time before or after kick-off… and get a little lucky. It’ll happen eventually and it’s worth the effort — the restaurant is a tour of the senses, where spicing is astute and sauces first sticky, then sweet, and then joyfully unforgiving in their tartness. On match days, the pot sticker dumplings and ‘beef burgers’ are generous, but the real prize is the biang biang noodles in special chilli sauce.

Xi’an Impression Xi’an Impression [Official Photo]

5. Westerns Laundry

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34 Drayton Park, Highbury East
London N5 1PB, UK

Arsenal FC: Emirates Stadium

Westerns Laundry is a hub of creativity in Holloway, personifying as much as any other of the north London restaurant progressives a keenness for sourcing and a simplicity in service. A daily changing menu will undoubtedly be good on any occasion, and the best of it will always be the seafood. The team has built a sturdy relationship with suppliers in Cornwall, and this should be amply explored. Get sardines if they’re there, and praise God/Arsene Wenger if John Dory is on the menu — it will be treated impeccably. There are great wines, too.

Best seafood restaurants in London: Prawns, cuttlefish, and natural wine at Westerns Laundry, one of the best restaurants in Islington Patricia Niven

6. Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar

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171 Holloway Rd
London N7 8LX, UK

Arsenal FC: Emirates Stadium

Sambal Shiok, once a pop-up, now a fully fledged restaurant, is known for its deep and complex laksas, eclectic in their flavours and sumptuous with chicken, prawns, or tofu. It is the type of restaurant where, whether it’s the injection of chilli, the earthy undertones of lemongrass or the fiery escalation of ginger, lips will not go unlicked for more than 30 seconds. How a mouth can experience quite so much in one spoonful of broth is beyond comprehension to many. Malaysian food is not abundant in London — a visit to Sambal Shiok would convince any diner that the city needs more.

Laksa noodle soup Sambal Shiok [Official Photo]

7. The Harwood Arms

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Walham Grove, Fulham
London SW6 1QP, UK

Chelsea FC: Stamford Bridge

There isn’t much average match day fare at The Harwood Arms; far from it, it’s the only Michelin-starred pub in London. But this is Chelsea, and what the area lacks in quality football, it makes up for in posh snacks. Menu at The Harwood Arms changes regularly, but certain morsels will usually be found — think gamey venison Scotch eggs and sausage rolls of tender meat and buttery casings. Food here brings a sense of refinement, but also a comedic edge: pollock might be served on toast; whipped chicken livers dished up with thyme hobnobs. Three courses are decent value at £49.95 — one to try after an away win at Stamford Bridge, perhaps.

A Scotch egg on a white plate on a pub bar The Harwood Arms [Official Photo]

8. Santa Maria Pizzeria

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94 Waterford Rd, Fulham
London SW6 2HA, UK

Chelsea FC: Stamford Bridge

Such is the proliferation of exceptional pizza in London that Santa Maria is only one of a number of fine establishments. This also makes comparisons for novices easy: it’s quite a lot better than Franco Manca, marginally better than L’Antica, and about on par with both 50 Kalo, and Bravi Regazzi, Streatham’s sort of still hidden gem. But that is counting only pizza alone, and Santa Maria offers more that most — its atmosphere is always wonderful bouncy, staff are attentive and friendly, and there’s Birra Santa Maria, a heady but refreshing IPA.

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9. Pizza Express

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363 Fulham Rd, Chelsea
London SW10 9TN, UK

Chelsea FC: Stamford Bridge

Unimaginative as it might seem, while Chelsea is abundant in pubs, restaurants are a harder sell — only restaurants that are in the relatively immediate vicinity of stadia count. So it’s entirely reasonable to lineup Pizza Express, an omnipresent venue of familiarity and dough balls. Try the new carbonara pizza, which will raise the eyebrows of faux aficionados but will please anyone who likes the taste of cream, cheese, bacon, and sweet dough, which, let’s face it, is basically everyone. To avoid disappointment, be sure to ensure that the central egg is still runny. It can be hit and miss.

Pizza Express [Official Photo]

10. Cornerstone by Chef Tom Brown

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3 Prince Edward Rd
London E9 5LX, UK

West Ham FC: London Stadium

It is one of the few upsides to West Ham’s removal from the London Stadium in Stratford that Cornerstone, Tom Brown’s debut spot in Hackney Wick, is but minutes away. The airy new build is still home to fine cooking, with an impressive variety of fish cooked inventively and with flair. After a game, an unconventional early dinner of sourdough toast, oysters — natural, pickled or both — and an ever-Instagrammable potted shrimp crumpet would be a joyful way to spend a couple of hours while the crowds disperse.

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11. Barge East

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River Lee Sweetwater Mooring, White Post Ln
London E9 5EN, UK

West Ham FC: London Stadium

Barge East, a crooked green boat moored a short swim away from Hackney Wick station, is a buzzing spot. Somehow, in cramped conditions, fine cocktails have been made possible, and beers are produced with graceful speed. There are little notes of ingenuity in dishes such as chickpea fries covered in parmesan, and wonderfully sweet baby squid served with saffron aioli. The food far surpasses what would normally be possible on a barge in East London.

Barge East [Official Photo]

12. The Rib Man

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1 Barking Rd
London E6 1PW, UK

West Ham FC: London Stadium

The Rib Man’s offering is enviable in its clarity. The meat, slow-cooked and tender, is oddly delicate beneath fire and heat. It comes sitting in white rolls and under sweary hot sauce best applied without fear.

The Rib Man/Instagram

13. Chick King

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755 High Rd, Tottenham
London N17 8AH, UK
020 8885 4795

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Chick-King is, perhaps, Tottenham’s own version of the South London institution Morley’s. There are a handful of storied fried chicken shops in the capital which set themselves apart — this is one of them. Still, such sentimentality is built on food, and Chick-King’s is excellent: the chicken brings more appreciable succulency than most, its crispy coating jackets seasoned masterfully. This is a must when visiting White Hart Lane.

14. The Antwerp Arms

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168-170 Church Rd, Tottenham
London N17 8AS, UK

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Just a five minute walk from White Hart Lane is The Antwerp Arms, a top London boozer dating back to 1822. It’s a community pub in every way (it was saved from developers by a local committee group) and serves Tottenham admirably. Food at the pub is courtesy of Chef Wayne. On Sundays, there are roast dinners, but visit Thursday to Saturday and a sandwich might be in order. They are fine assemblies.

The Antwerp Arms [Official Photo]

15. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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White Hart Ln
London, UK

Tottenham’s new stadium is unwavering in its promise and its expectation. It shows football’s big money but it also shows progress: the stadium has been built for the fans and they are catered for. Yes, traditional pies always deliver, but at White Hart Lane visitors will find everything from steak sandwiches and fish and chips to from BBQ chicken wings and pizza.

16. Dosa Express

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547 High Rd
Wembley HA0 2DJ, UK

Wembley Stadium

The menu at Dosa Express is vast and might be a little daunting — it is more readily and authoritatively condensed in our ‘cheap’ eats guide, but further recommendations might be the butter masala dosa, which tastes very similar to the one served at the Indian Coffee House in Shimla, north India, and the spectacular rava cheese and onion dosa. With Tottenham finally decamped, pay a visit after watching England’s new young stars. Dosa Express must and will endure.

Dosa Express, one of the best value restaurants in London Dosa Express/Facebook

17. KoolCha (Boxpark Wembley)

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Unit 21, Wembley Boxpark, 18 Olympic Way
Wembley HA9 0JT, UK

Wembley Stadium

KoolCha is Rohit Ghai’s street food concept at Boxpark Wembley — Indian comfort food, accessible, fun, enticing, and it delivers. The grilled sandwiches, filled with paneer or chicken tikka masala, and lamb khurchan, are second only to the pillow-like stuffed naans. But the best post-match fuel might be the combo meals, which provide a veggie or meat dish alongside rice and pickles. Add the masala prawns and the chicken popcorn, both of which are aromatic and crunchy and perfect dipping vehicles, and an Indian feast is well underway.

Koolcha sit-down Indian restaurant will open at street food site Boxpark Wembley Koolcha [Official Photo]

18. The Black Dog Beer House

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17 Albany Rd
Brentford TW8 0NF, UK

Brentford Community Stadium
Packed out before and after match days, this pub’s outstanding range of cask ales and bottles from craft breweries all over the country draws in the local congregation. The food’s more hotel on the riviera than half-time, with tinned fish galore, but the kitchen puts out roasts, burgers, and more of serious ballast.

London’s best Sunday roasts include the Black Dog Beer House Black Dog Beer House [Official Photo]

1. Tasty Jerk

88 Whitehorse Ln, London SE25 6RQ, UK

Crystal Palace FC: Selhurst Park

Most, if not all, Crystal Palace fans will have heard of Tasty Jerk. Goat, pork, or chicken, the meat is always powerfully succulent, with those charred anointing edges apparently only possible when barbecue is performed on bent black steel. The spice and heat builds gradually with each mouthful and the smokey flavour is intensely moreish. A bed of rice and peas is always an addictive happy stodge, and the chilli sauce, piquant with scotch bonnets, will always provide a match day kick.

88 Whitehorse Ln
London SE25 6RQ, UK

2. Doneagles Fish and Chip Restaurant

31 Whitehorse Ln, London SE25 6RD, UK

Crystal Palace FC: Selhurst Park

Up the road from Selhurst Park is Doneagles, another mainstay of South London dining, where warmth replaces a dull reticence too often seen in hospitality today. Doneagles is a proper chippie — no paying extra for sachets of sauce, and clean cut potatoes are untouched by shards of batter bits. Here, cod is enrobed in the deepest gold, and chips are soft and fluffy. There is no better beer soaker-upper; Doneagles does a good and necessary curry sauce.

31 Whitehorse Ln
London SE25 6RD, UK

3. Boxpark Croydon

99 George St, Croydon CR0 1LD, UK
Gourmet junk London burger restaurant Meatliquor has closed its restaurant on Market Row in Brixton, south London MeatLiquor [Official Photo]

Crystal Palace FC: Selhurst Park

A little journey south, on the doorstep of East Croydon station, is Boxpark, the brand’s second iteration well-known to Eater London. For customers hoping for tried and tested food, MeatLiquor, which towers above the rest on the first floor of the space, needs no introduction. Ladle, meanwhile, serving rich curries and warming bowls, is another satisfying option. But perhaps the most interesting venture right now is What the Pitta, a vegan kebab shop where soya ‘doner’, meat, salty and spiced, replaces lamb — it does the job.

99 George St
Croydon CR0 1LD, UK

4. Xi'an Impression London

117 Benwell Rd, London N7 7BW, UK
Xi’an Impression Xi’an Impression [Official Photo]

Arsenal FC: Emirates Stadium

It’s stupidly difficult to get a table at Xi’an Impression on a match day. In fact, it’s difficult on any day. But it’s doable if tactical. Just leave lots of time before or after kick-off… and get a little lucky. It’ll happen eventually and it’s worth the effort — the restaurant is a tour of the senses, where spicing is astute and sauces first sticky, then sweet, and then joyfully unforgiving in their tartness. On match days, the pot sticker dumplings and ‘beef burgers’ are generous, but the real prize is the biang biang noodles in special chilli sauce.

117 Benwell Rd
London N7 7BW, UK

5. Westerns Laundry

34 Drayton Park, Highbury East, London N5 1PB, UK
Best seafood restaurants in London: Prawns, cuttlefish, and natural wine at Westerns Laundry, one of the best restaurants in Islington Patricia Niven

Arsenal FC: Emirates Stadium

Westerns Laundry is a hub of creativity in Holloway, personifying as much as any other of the north London restaurant progressives a keenness for sourcing and a simplicity in service. A daily changing menu will undoubtedly be good on any occasion, and the best of it will always be the seafood. The team has built a sturdy relationship with suppliers in Cornwall, and this should be amply explored. Get sardines if they’re there, and praise God/Arsene Wenger if John Dory is on the menu — it will be treated impeccably. There are great wines, too.

34 Drayton Park, Highbury East
London N5 1PB, UK

6. Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar

171 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LX, UK
Laksa noodle soup Sambal Shiok [Official Photo]

Arsenal FC: Emirates Stadium

Sambal Shiok, once a pop-up, now a fully fledged restaurant, is known for its deep and complex laksas, eclectic in their flavours and sumptuous with chicken, prawns, or tofu. It is the type of restaurant where, whether it’s the injection of chilli, the earthy undertones of lemongrass or the fiery escalation of ginger, lips will not go unlicked for more than 30 seconds. How a mouth can experience quite so much in one spoonful of broth is beyond comprehension to many. Malaysian food is not abundant in London — a visit to Sambal Shiok would convince any diner that the city needs more.

171 Holloway Rd
London N7 8LX, UK

7. The Harwood Arms

Walham Grove, Fulham, London SW6 1QP, UK
A Scotch egg on a white plate on a pub bar The Harwood Arms [Official Photo]

Chelsea FC: Stamford Bridge

There isn’t much average match day fare at The Harwood Arms; far from it, it’s the only Michelin-starred pub in London. But this is Chelsea, and what the area lacks in quality football, it makes up for in posh snacks. Menu at The Harwood Arms changes regularly, but certain morsels will usually be found — think gamey venison Scotch eggs and sausage rolls of tender meat and buttery casings. Food here brings a sense of refinement, but also a comedic edge: pollock might be served on toast; whipped chicken livers dished up with thyme hobnobs. Three courses are decent value at £49.95 — one to try after an away win at Stamford Bridge, perhaps.

Walham Grove, Fulham
London SW6 1QP, UK

8. Santa Maria Pizzeria

94 Waterford Rd, Fulham, London SW6 2HA, UK
Santa Maria Pizzeria/Instagram

Chelsea FC: Stamford Bridge

Such is the proliferation of exceptional pizza in London that Santa Maria is only one of a number of fine establishments. This also makes comparisons for novices easy: it’s quite a lot better than Franco Manca, marginally better than L’Antica, and about on par with both 50 Kalo, and Bravi Regazzi, Streatham’s sort of still hidden gem. But that is counting only pizza alone, and Santa Maria offers more that most — its atmosphere is always wonderful bouncy, staff are attentive and friendly, and there’s Birra Santa Maria, a heady but refreshing IPA.

94 Waterford Rd, Fulham
London SW6 2HA, UK

9. Pizza Express

363 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 9TN, UK
Pizza Express [Official Photo]

Chelsea FC: Stamford Bridge

Unimaginative as it might seem, while Chelsea is abundant in pubs, restaurants are a harder sell — only restaurants that are in the relatively immediate vicinity of stadia count. So it’s entirely reasonable to lineup Pizza Express, an omnipresent venue of familiarity and dough balls. Try the new carbonara pizza, which will raise the eyebrows of faux aficionados but will please anyone who likes the taste of cream, cheese, bacon, and sweet dough, which, let’s face it, is basically everyone. To avoid disappointment, be sure to ensure that the central egg is still runny. It can be hit and miss.

363 Fulham Rd, Chelsea
London SW10 9TN, UK

10. Cornerstone by Chef Tom Brown

3 Prince Edward Rd, London E9 5LX, UK
Cornerstone/Instagram

West Ham FC: London Stadium

It is one of the few upsides to West Ham’s removal from the London Stadium in Stratford that Cornerstone, Tom Brown’s debut spot in Hackney Wick, is but minutes away. The airy new build is still home to fine cooking, with an impressive variety of fish cooked inventively and with flair. After a game, an unconventional early dinner of sourdough toast, oysters — natural, pickled or both — and an ever-Instagrammable potted shrimp crumpet would be a joyful way to spend a couple of hours while the crowds disperse.

3 Prince Edward Rd
London E9 5LX, UK

11. Barge East

River Lee Sweetwater Mooring, White Post Ln, London E9 5EN, UK
Barge East [Official Photo]

West Ham FC: London Stadium

Barge East, a crooked green boat moored a short swim away from Hackney Wick station, is a buzzing spot. Somehow, in cramped conditions, fine cocktails have been made possible, and beers are produced with graceful speed. There are little notes of ingenuity in dishes such as chickpea fries covered in parmesan, and wonderfully sweet baby squid served with saffron aioli. The food far surpasses what would normally be possible on a barge in East London.

River Lee Sweetwater Mooring, White Post Ln
London E9 5EN, UK

12. The Rib Man

1 Barking Rd, London E6 1PW, UK
The Rib Man/Instagram

West Ham FC: London Stadium

The Rib Man’s offering is enviable in its clarity. The meat, slow-cooked and tender, is oddly delicate beneath fire and heat. It comes sitting in white rolls and under sweary hot sauce best applied without fear.

1 Barking Rd
London E6 1PW, UK

13. Chick King

755 High Rd, Tottenham, London N17 8AH, UK

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Chick-King is, perhaps, Tottenham’s own version of the South London institution Morley’s. There are a handful of storied fried chicken shops in the capital which set themselves apart — this is one of them. Still, such sentimentality is built on food, and Chick-King’s is excellent: the chicken brings more appreciable succulency than most, its crispy coating jackets seasoned masterfully. This is a must when visiting White Hart Lane.

755 High Rd, Tottenham
London N17 8AH, UK

14. The Antwerp Arms

168-170 Church Rd, Tottenham, London N17 8AS, UK
The Antwerp Arms [Official Photo]

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Just a five minute walk from White Hart Lane is The Antwerp Arms, a top London boozer dating back to 1822. It’s a community pub in every way (it was saved from developers by a local committee group) and serves Tottenham admirably. Food at the pub is courtesy of Chef Wayne. On Sundays, there are roast dinners, but visit Thursday to Saturday and a sandwich might be in order. They are fine assemblies.

168-170 Church Rd, Tottenham
London N17 8AS, UK

15. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

White Hart Ln, London, UK

Tottenham’s new stadium is unwavering in its promise and its expectation. It shows football’s big money but it also shows progress: the stadium has been built for the fans and they are catered for. Yes, traditional pies always deliver, but at White Hart Lane visitors will find everything from steak sandwiches and fish and chips to from BBQ chicken wings and pizza.

White Hart Ln
London, UK

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16. Dosa Express

547 High Rd, Wembley HA0 2DJ, UK
Dosa Express, one of the best value restaurants in London Dosa Express/Facebook

Wembley Stadium

The menu at Dosa Express is vast and might be a little daunting — it is more readily and authoritatively condensed in our ‘cheap’ eats guide, but further recommendations might be the butter masala dosa, which tastes very similar to the one served at the Indian Coffee House in Shimla, north India, and the spectacular rava cheese and onion dosa. With Tottenham finally decamped, pay a visit after watching England’s new young stars. Dosa Express must and will endure.

547 High Rd
Wembley HA0 2DJ, UK

17. KoolCha (Boxpark Wembley)

Unit 21, Wembley Boxpark, 18 Olympic Way, Wembley HA9 0JT, UK
Koolcha sit-down Indian restaurant will open at street food site Boxpark Wembley Koolcha [Official Photo]

Wembley Stadium

KoolCha is Rohit Ghai’s street food concept at Boxpark Wembley — Indian comfort food, accessible, fun, enticing, and it delivers. The grilled sandwiches, filled with paneer or chicken tikka masala, and lamb khurchan, are second only to the pillow-like stuffed naans. But the best post-match fuel might be the combo meals, which provide a veggie or meat dish alongside rice and pickles. Add the masala prawns and the chicken popcorn, both of which are aromatic and crunchy and perfect dipping vehicles, and an Indian feast is well underway.

Unit 21, Wembley Boxpark, 18 Olympic Way
Wembley HA9 0JT, UK

18. The Black Dog Beer House

17 Albany Rd, Brentford TW8 0NF, UK
London’s best Sunday roasts include the Black Dog Beer House Black Dog Beer House [Official Photo]

Brentford Community Stadium
Packed out before and after match days, this pub’s outstanding range of cask ales and bottles from craft breweries all over the country draws in the local congregation. The food’s more hotel on the riviera than half-time, with tinned fish galore, but the kitchen puts out roasts, burgers, and more of serious ballast.

17 Albany Rd
Brentford TW8 0NF, UK

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