Published on February 22nd, 2015 | by Rebecca Anne Milford0
Ealing Park Tavern
There are some names that just ooze success – you know whatever they do it is, most likely, going to be brilliant. Adele, for example. Olivia Coleman. Robert De Nero. And when it comes to London hospitality then we’re adding the Martin Brothers to the list of high-flyers.
Those who have visited establishments such as The Botanist, The Cadogan Arms and The Jugged Hare will be nodding their heads sagely. Each of these bar/restaurants stand out for their unique and original features, their exemplary service and an ability to be both cosy and comfortable while also having an air of sauve glamour about the edges. Difficult to do, but once achieved then highly memorable, and a favourite among visitors.
That’s why I was delighted to hear that The Ealing Park Tavern had recently been acquired and refurbished by the ETM group, founded by Ed and Tom Martin. There was already a lot of buzz about it in the area – my partner’s father lives in Richmond and used to be an Ealing dweller, and since he and his friends drink in the area then they were keen to see what had happened to a pub that had changed hands regularly over the last decade, sometimes with less salubrious results. So it was with this eye for a new boozer in mind we headed to the opening party on January 21st.
While they looked about them and murmured approvingly, I did a reccy of the place. It’s a great space, hands down. Kind of like a Hunting Lodge meets Downton Abbey with a bit of Wolf Hall thrown in. Lots of wood paneling everywhere, deliciously squishy armchairs, flickering fireplaces and the obligatory taxidermy moose-and-boar heads livening up the walls. My favourite room was The Saloon, a snug little area that featured a gorgeous leaden bay window from which one can relax and take in the view of the leafy parkland beyond. With the dark wood paneling, red leather booths and glowing candlelight, it’s definitely a perfect place to escape the real world and just relax.
Funnily enough the boys were more interested in the beer – and fair enough, since Ealing Park Tavern is a Pub and Brewery, with local craft ale made specially in their own microbrewery. While they sipped contentedly at the spoils on offer, I asked the barman to whip me up my favourite cocktail – an Old Fashioned. I was excited to see a selection of whiskies I had not yet come across – most notably Hudson Baby Back Bourbon. My cocktail was rustled up in the time honoured fashion, and tasted superb. Perfect for savouring next to the roaring fire.
While Ealing Park Tavern will no doubt be a new go-to pub for those wanting to catch up over a pint, it’s also sure to be a hit as a destination dining spot as well. The dining room plays host to a theatre kitchen and has more beautiful paneling and high ceilings, while the seasonal food and sumptuous Sunday roasts showcase the best in seasonal cooking. There’s also a very Tudor-esque approach to eating with their sharing options like the roasts or an extravagant Feast Menu – we tried some of the suckling pig which was absolutely delicious, but other notable options include Dexter beef, bone marrow and Oyster Pie, and Denham Estate Venison haunch with red cabbage and glazed onions.
So, whether planning a party, looking for somewhere to dine in style, or simply wanting to explore a new location to grab a craft ale, then Ealing Park Tavern has it sewn up. Come enjoy the cosiness while winter still reigns, then when spring pokes its head around the corner you can slowly migrate into the huge garden. A pub for all seasons? We think we’ve found it.
Ealing Park Tavern, 222 South Ealing Road, W5 4RLShare This Post