★★★★ | The Hunters Moon, London
A restaurant and pub that immediately makes you feel at home is The Hunter’s Moon in Fulham.
With its rustic and inviting front pub and the warm and cozy restaurant in the back, The Hunters Moon has comforting food and good drinks to match its vibe. Founded by Oliver ‘Ollie’ Marlowe and Hubert Beatson-Hird, and only open for over a month, the word is out and The Hunters Moon is filling up on sundays because of its very delicious and very affordable Sunday roast. It’s excellent value for the money because the roasts (Butter Roast Cornfed Chicken, Stuffed Gloucester Old Spot Pork Belly, and the Treacle Cured Sirloin of Beef) come with a sizeable helping of roast potatoes, a massive Yorkshire pudding, green beans and gravy. The Pork Belly was plentiful, nesting and curled up on the plate waiting to be eaten. The Beef was cooked to perfection and was very good – with a dollop of carrot purée and horseradish, with cabbage – and at £18.50 and £21.00 respectively great value for the money. Visually and tastefully impressive.
We tried a couple of the starters because they sounded very unique – and they were! The scallops were simple divine. Sitting on ponzu dressing (very citrusy), with radish and ginger and whipped avocado, it was the dish of the evening – a beautiful lush color and a perfect blend of ingredients – served cold – and unique and absolutely delicious! And at £10.50 worth every penny. Also treat yourself to the oysters (6 for £16.00). Mouth watering, taste of the sea, and very good. Both starters were very light and were perfect for the big meal ahead.
There are four sides you can order if you’re really hungry, I would recommend the stuffing – sage, onion and chicken liver – was just divine – and complemented the roast (£7.00). Also good was the smoked bacon and cabbage – a great combination and not too heavy (£7.50). The carrots were wonderful as well, nice and soft and the sprinkled with thyme on top to make them extra special.
And for dessert, if you have any wits about you you’d order the Lemon Tart. It’s wonderfully tasty and thankfully not big in size – but every bite of it is ecstasy. Highly highly recommended.
We decided to try something different to drink with our meal. We had the Digby brand of their lavender pink Brut. I have never seen this on any menu before and it was sweet and not too bubbly – excellent quality – all for £11.50 a glass.
People are raving about The Hunters Moons Roasts – but there are other items on their other menus, where they geniusly keep it simple, with Cod, Grilled Plaice, and Beef Wellington and Veal Chop (to share), and of course burgees at lunchtime. The meat here is of the finest quality and comes from the local source of Macken Brothers Butchers of Chiswick. But must importantly, and besides the food, you feel like you’re at a home when at The Hunters Moon – it’s just so cozy and warm, and the food so delicious, and the staff very very friendly, and if you meet Ollie you’ll instantly like his boyish charm and personality.
Whether you’re brunching, lunching, dining a deux or hanging out with friends over after-work drinks, The Hunter’s Moon is the place to be and to be seen this autumn.
Tim Baros writes film and theatre articles/ reviews for Pride Life and The American magazines and websites, as well as for Hereisthecity.com, Blu-RayDefinition.com and TheGayUK.com. He has also written for In Touch and TNT Magazines, SquareMile.com and LatinoLife.co.uk. He is a voting member for the UK Regional Critics Circle and the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA – of which he is the UK representative). In addition, he has produced and directed two films: The Shirt and Rex Melville Desire: The Musical.