A Lazy Saturday Afternoon at the Atlas Pub
I’ve already written about The Atlas pub so this is a post rather than another page in the restaurant review section. But, it was a splendid English summer day yesterday and my brother and sister in law and I headed for the pub garden to eat and chill.
It’s a tiny walled courtyard, not much more than a passageway to the private rooms above the pub, but it has the benefit of an electric awning that means it is ‘English Weatherproof’ and it’s set out with trestle tables, window boxes and tubs of flowers that make it feel a million miles away from London.
In fact, it’s just behind the main carpark for Earls Court on Seagrave road. If there’s an exhibition on, it can be VERY busy but the rest of the time it’s just pleasantly lively, as a good pub should be in my view.
We were only supposed to be having a quick snack. My brother and sis in law were planning to visit the natural history museum before a night out at the theatre. But somehow the afternoon just seemed to vanish. Perhaps it’s not suprising, the Atlas pub food is pretty good, especially when garnished with a liberal dose of sunshine and wine!
My lunch was seafood risotto – a lovely fishy, saffrony rice dish with langoustine, clams and mussels and a garnish of flat leaved parsley
My sister-in-law ordered the guinea fowl, which came with polenta and tomato salsa
My brother chose meatballs, the special of the day, served with a spicy tomato sauce and flatbreads. All very well presented and no complaints at all from my visitors
In fact it was all so nice we succumbed to puddings. And coffee. And more wine (or beer in my brother’s case).
Just one of those afternoons when the best place to be is your local, especially if you are lucky enough to be me and have the Atlas pub on your doorstep!