Fish and Chips at The Grove
A hearty and satisfying lunch date
Where do you go when you get peckish when out shopping in Ealing? There are plenty of cafes but we fancied something a bit more warming and substantial.
Pub grub is generally of good quality these days, so on a cold, wintery day this week I popped in with my husband for a bite at Ealing's latest.
The Grove (formerly Finnegans Wake) opposite Ealing Green has been refurbished to a high standard and is a cosy, warm sanctuary away from the madness that is Christmas shopping.
The festive tree and the jolly office party certainly helped the atmosphere - but the design and lighting also contributed to the homely vibe too.
Although the pub is large it didn't feel too big. The comfy chairs and tables are distributed in nooks and crannies giving the impression of old fashioned snugs.
The menu is large - plenty of the usual suspects; burgers, chicken and steak, but there are also more unusual meals you don't find on every pub menu like Ham Hock and Broad Bean Pie. They have various specials of the day and some interesting vegetarian additions too.
The Hand-Battered Halloumi Cheese (with minted peas, skin on chips and tartare sauce) caught my eye - and it will definitely be something I try next time.
On this occasion though I fancied fish and chips (8.45). My husband opted for the beef lasagne (7.95) washed down with a bottle of the house white (good value at a tenner) neither of us were disappointed.
The service was quick, the meals piping hot and both were delicious.
My fish was battered to perfection: crispy and light on the outside, soft and delicate on the inside. The large portion was substantial but not over facing, the chips were chunky and satisfying and the mushy peas added just the right balance.
My husband said his lasagne was 'packed full of meaty tastiness' and, although he had initially moaned that the dish was on the small side - he only just about managed to finish it.
I toyed with the idea of desert - there are some very tempting ones (Jamaican Ginger Pudding, Belgian Waffle, Sticky Dark Chocolate and Walnut Brownie) but had to concede defeat this time - maybe next time we go shopping we will complete our meal!
The Grove does a Sunday Roast at the very reasonable price of 7.45 - unfortunately I didn't see a veggie option available otherwise we'd be back this Sunday like a shot.
Perhaps it's something the management will consider?
Food is served from 11am -10pm
15 December 2010