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The Salisbury, Sherbrooke Road, London Restaurant Review

The Salisbury
21 Sherbrooke Road
London SW6
Tel: 020 7381 4005

I have to confess I had never heard of British Tapas, until my visit to The Salisbury, a newly refurbished gastro pub in the heart of Fulham, south-west London. However, it is very much part of the menu here, with around 18 very reasonably priced different dishes to try. The great thing being it’s possible to pop in and share a bottle of wine or a couple of pints whilst tucking into several different dishes, all at very modest prices.

Once inside, there is a huge feeling of space and airiness with just a hint of the original pub origins. Bold coloured banquette seating runs around one wall of the room with plenty of space between tables, (Table 2 being my favourite), and there is a general air of low key, relaxed, anything goes, vibe about the place which I found very appealing.

The team behind The Salisbury have years of experience on their hands and it showed. I met the owner, Jamie Sherriff at the end of our meal and it was obvious straight away that this is a labour of love for him. This is his second venture (the other being The Spencer Arms on Putney Common) after spending many years working in the restaurant world. His Head Chef, Adrian Jones, has worked with many noteworthy chef’s including Nico Ladenis and Gary Rhodes.

We were certainly spoilt for choice when it came to what to eat and as I already mentioned it is possible to just dine on the choice of tapas. This is apparently a great hit with newly dating couples as it certainly can act as an ice breaker with having so many different dishes to sample and chat about together.

To begin we tried a selection of four tapas dishes. Including ‘Pete’s curry’, (which changes daily, we tried a spicy chicken one). A very fresh salad of pea shoots and creamy feta cheese, some tasty smoked trout croquettes served in a crispy batter with some tangy picked cucumber and chipolatas served with a zesty chutney dip. With this we drank white wine by the glass, a nicely chilled crisp glass of South African Chenin Blanc for me and a easy drinking Chilean Sauvignon Blanc for my guest.

To follow there was a concise but appetising selection of main courses which included a ‘pie of the day’ (which can be ordered as take out). A selection of meat and fish dishes as well as a choice of pasta and some hearty sounding salads. My roasted breast of chicken and chorizo and chicken wings arrived in its own attractive casserole dish straight from the oven. It was a plate of heavenly flavours, cooked with plenty of seasoning, herbs and a touch of jus, the chicken having a rich and meaty taste. With this we shared a whole host of veg, including some light as air thin and crispy chips, a rich and comforting cauliflower cheese, crunchy hispi cabbage and some al dente runner beans. My guest thoroughly enjoyed his slow cooked roast shoulder of lamb, (served with an accompanying dish of minty peas and bacon) saying it was a plate of well thought out satisfying flavours. An accompanying glass of spiced oaked and bramble fruit Bodegas Navajas 2007 Spanish Rioja went down a treat.

For pudding there were five choices, we finished with a plate of very designer looking deconstructed strawberry cheesecake which was light in consistency but big on flavour.

We came away thinking it was hard to fault our evening on either the food or service, making The Salisbury the sort of local we could all do with round the corner.

Louise Elgin. June 2009.
A meal for two with wine and water is around £80.00 including service.

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