More than just a local…
The Ealing Park Tavern is a large historic pub and restaurant, housed in a restored old coaching inn, tucked away in a leafy area of South Ealing.
First impressions were of an imposing building, the inside very spacious but remarkably cosy and charming at the same time. The interior is a mix of both traditional and contemporary design with rustic wooden floors throughout. The high ceilings are hung with giant crystal chandeliers, the bar area has several inviting big leather armchairs and the oak-panelled walls are flanked with taxidermy, a large moose peering out over the bar.
The restaurant area continues the game theme along with wooden tables and blue and red leather banquettes, a fireplace and an open plan kitchen.
Alongside a good wine list, The Ealing Park Tavern also serves craft pale ales, bitters and special seasonal brews brought directly to the bar from an onsite microbrewery.
It boasts an impressive secluded beer garden with cabanas and pizza ovens, which was still surprisingly busy considering the time of year; I can imagine it is very popular during the summer months.
The restaurant was buzzing when we arrived for Sunday lunch. I had heard that along with their seasonal British and European cuisine that they served standout roasts which had earned them a place in the Michelin pub guide. There is nothing more comforting in my experience than a good roast, especially when autumn draws in, so I was looking forward to trying them here at The Ealing Park Tavern.
We started with a creamy and beautifully green thick pea and gem lettuce soup with a dash of mint served with roast gem and chunky ciabatta, and some large juicy grilled prawns dripping in garlic juices.
Accompanied by a bottle of chilled Albariño Coral do Mar, Paso do Mar, Rias Baixas, Spain 18 – a dry rounded wine with peach and citrus notes, robust enough to compliment our hearty meal.
My ample portion of slow roast middle white pork shoulder with apple sauce was quite delicious, it’s a fatty cut of pork but the upside was a meltingly tender and moist mouthful. My friend enjoyed the special – slow-cooked Hebridean lamb shoulder with mint sauce – pink on the inside with a tasty crisp outer crust. Both were served with a selection of perfectly cooked vegetables – crunchy duck fat roast potatoes, roasted roots, carrots, fresh vibrant green kale and some very good Yorkshire pudding with a jug of gravy.
Alongside the meat roast dishes, there was also a vegan pea and asparagus risotto available and a pan-fried fillet of salmon.
Dessert offered a good selection of classics including the much loved sticky toffee pudding. Despite the temptation, my friend opted for a very prettily presented white chocolate fondant which was light and fluffy oozing with warm gooey white chocolate served with raspberry sorbet. I chose a creamy strawberry and lavender panna cotta which was served in an elegant glass with a crisp almond tuille.
We were made to feel very welcome by the friendly staff and enjoyed a very filling and truly scrumptious Sunday lunch, so if you’re in this neck of the woods I can highly recommend paying The Ealing Park Tavern a visit, whether it’s on a Sunday or any other day of the week.
The Ealing Park Tavern
222 South Ealing Road, London, Ealing W5 4RL
020 8758 1879
Monday to Wednesday
11 am to 11 pm
Thursday to Saturday
11 am to 12 am
12pm to 10.30pm