Next week, Britain’s biggest beer festival arrives in Earls Court giving London’s drinkers a chance to try over 700 real ales, ciders, perries and international beers. This year, there are tutored tastings, Girl Guide show tours, live music and some great imports from Belgium, Germany and the USA. You can sober up with British fare like pies, Cornish pasties and scampi but if you’re looking for something more substantial, check out these great restaurants nearby.
The Pembroke – If you’re craving pub grub, go gastro at this handsome bar-diner on Old Brompton Road. Relax on the sofas upstairs or grab a booth in the quirky dining area to try out their tasty British menu. From carefully sourced charcuterie to meaty mains and sustainable fish dishes, the food here is fresh, simple and delicious. Full marks for the friendly and clued-up bar stuff too.
Langan’s Coq d’Or – The least formal member of the Langan’s bistro family is perfect if you’re taking your dad, your wife or your boss to the show. Relaxed and traditional, it has a great wine list and a popular open air terrace so cross your fingers for good weather. The hand-written European menu is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, with dishes like coq au vin, peach melba and sausage and mash that never go out of fashion.
Teza – If all you want after a few beers is a good curry, then head for this modern Indian eatery on Old Brompton Road. Go for specials like the meltingly tender lamb shank rogan josh or share the excellent tandoori mixed grill – a smoky, meaty feast for friends. There’s plenty for vegetarians to choose from and the Indian-inspired cocktails are a big hit with the ladies.
Miss Q’s – Keep it casual at this American-style saloon bar which boasts a great live music line-up up, comfy couches and pool tables. Fill up on fajitas, fully loaded hot dogs, burgers and nachos – perfect post-beer comfort food. After a bowl of Southern sausage stew and a banoffee split, you’ll be singing Sweet Home Alabama all the way home.
The Great British Beer Festival runs from 3rd-7th August – full details can be found on their website. You can search for more restaurants in Earls Court or look further afield for restaurants in West London.