This is a personal favourite of mine. And many others given how it's often busy, even on a Tuesday at 9pm. :-)
The atmosphere is super charming and cozy, yet somehow refined in a rustic. Trust me, it definitely works for them. It's Italian, and it seems to staff a log of actual Italians which is always a good thing. It seems like most people get their excellent pizzas, which are of the thin, crispy crust variety. Definitely my preference. They also have a variety of other mains; pasta, pheasant, pork loin etc. Everything I have had is great, so go crazy.
I'm a big fan of Italian food and this place does it very well. We went to have dinner and chose to have some prosecco, wine and olives to start. The starter olives were very generous, so we had no problem waiting for the late member of our group. During this time the waiters were amazingly attentive without being annoying. So nice.
The menu has the most delicious options and it was rather difficult to make a decision. In the end I went with the pizza with the truffle oil ... How could I resist. Most of us did as the pizzas are huge and amazingly crispy. One friend had risotto with shrimps which I was told was delicious as well.
All in all a great Italian with a lovely atmosphere and great staff.
This place is so great! Went here last night for dinner and loved the food and the service! I had the risotto parm and my friend had the pizza (which was thin crust and HUGE). I love the atmosphere and vibe of this place - cozy and inviting...but a little swanky at the same time. Love it!
I feel pretty blessed because there is an awesome selection of pubs around where I live. This is one of them.
The staff is very friendly, the pub is spacious, and the selection of board games was very much appreciated. Seriously, who doesn't enjoy a good game of trivial pursuit while chowing through a delicious burger, and celebrating victory with a pints?
There are also people who come here with their laptops to work, so it's safe to say it isn't a raucous pub, but I kind of like it that way.
Anyway, I hear that Bird in Hand has a rockin' pub quiz every Sunday, which I fully intend on trying out. But, overall, very good food (their burger was spectacular, and the chips as well!) and very nice atmosphere. Would highly recommend.
It's in Brook Green so it's not cheap. Even the margherita pizza is in the double digit price range. It's a Jasper Gorst pub though, and this is a place people travel to for the food, not just to have something to sponge up the alcohol they've consumed. Gastro, yes.
The food is great, the beef steak thingy and all the pizzas I've tried here have been absolutely brilliant, completely worth the price. The bar area is a bit small though, I wouldn't recommend this as a place to have a quiet drink if you're not eating unless it's early midweek as it can get fairly busy by Brook Green standards (i.e. you may have to stand up).
Not much of a variation of beers on tap, but a good wine list, and I suppose that's what the clientele are really after.
If I tell you this is my local you will be able to stalk me - but you're more than welcome to join me for a drink - mine is a Shiraz.
The décor is nice enough - an eclectic miss-mash of chairs and tables rescued from the manor houses of landed gentry and what I call pews that could be pews or just gothic bench seats - I'm not up on my furniture of the rich, famous and dead, and the lighting is just right; the wine list is sparse but fine for a local pub, and I'm pretty sure they have the right sorts of beers and spirits, but what I keep coming back for (apart from the fact that they have free wi-fi, lovely locals who bring their pets - dogs and CATS and the nice landlords let me use it as a film location.) is the food. I have never had a bad meal here.
It's pub grub, but of the highest calibre on a menu that changes daily. If they're serving fish pie I have to order it, coming as it does in a bowl topped with cheese mash and veggies on the side. But their veggie lasagne, fish and chips and bangers and mash I can also confidently recommend. The Sunday lunch is way better than my Mothers makes it... and a companion who rates burgers obsessively gave the Bird a four and a half out of five and awarded them 'Best Burger in a Pub' in the 2008 Best Burger Awards. I haven't tried everything - I've been about once a fortnight for the last year - because I can't go past the fish pie if it's on and because the menu varies quite a bit, but I've yet to order a dud. Because it's all fresh they do occasionally run out of something, but I really think we should all be understanding about these things...
So many pubs serve up grub that you know they've bought frozen so anywhere you can find a chip cut from a potato on premises will automatically turn my head, but these guys just go one further.
They've got a table of board games if you're in company that needs a bit of prompting to their conversation but this is the kind of pub that you can come to on your own with a book or a newspaper, or bring you laptop to and work at if you're a nerd (but not a nerd who likes to stay in) like I am...
The Bird in Hand restaurant in Kensington, follows an Italian flavour with simple, rustic Italian dishes, delicious pizzas and cichetti. Interesting and unusual Italian wines feature strongly on the eclectic European wine list.
Established in 2012.
The Bird in Hand, is the 3rd restaurant in a small group owned by restaurateur Jasper Gorst. It follows along similar lines to his flagship restaurant, The Oak in Notting Hill.
The Bird in Hand is focused on creating interesting & innovative dishes using classic Italian & Mediterranean flavours & influences; the pizzas are also delicious.
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