The Pig's Ear

The Pig's Ear

Pubs and Bars with Restaurants

0.5 miles
35 Old Church Street, Tube: South Kensington, Chelsea, SW3 5BS
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The Pig's Ear stands proudly amongst a handful of pretty ivy-clad boutiques, just a hop, skip and a jump from the Kings Road. It's a firm favourite with friends of mine, so it was with high hopes and rumbling tummies that we made our way towards the pub one Sunday afternoon. As we arrived, Sunday lunch was in full swing, with well-heeled young professionals sipping Bloody Marys and families chattering over plates of oysters and the Sunday papers. There's more than a passing nod to British eccentricity at The Pig's Ear, with posters of the Sex Pistols, hunting trophies, a framed leather jacket and a photograph of the Queen Mother pulling a pint all fighting for space on the pillar-box-red walls.

But, upstairs, we found ourselves in an elegant French-style restaurant with white tablecloths, gleaming silverware and antique mirrors draped with fairy lights. At a neighbouring table, a group of French friends tucked into plates of fillet steak tartare - we almost forgot we were in England. I began with a dainty salad of shredded white cabbage and fresh crabmeat, crowned with rings of squid and a fried black cabbage leaf that melted on the tongue. My companion enjoyed a rich, smoky mackerel and ricotta paté with little triangles of crunchy melba toast. My main course, a succulent lamb neck fillet, marinated in lemon zest, rosemary and garlic, was quite simply delicious, the fragrant juices mingling with creamy fondant potatoes and puy lentils. My friend chose the poussin, served with onion mash, roasted root vegetables, creamed corn and mange tout. My dessert was splendid: spiced figs poached in red wine, served with hazlenut ice cream and a slice of warm almond tart. My friend's dark chocolate mousse was velvety smooth, crowned with a slice of chocolate brownie and a scoop of mascarpone ice cream.

The Pig's Ear is simply fantastic - no wonder The Evening Standard has voted it one of the top ten gastropubs in London. Unwilling to leave straight away, we bagged one of the bottle-green leather couches downstairs, ordered a couple of glasses of Pouilly- Fumé and prepared to while away a lazy afternoon in our new favourite pub
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Opening Hours:
Mon:12pm-11pm
Tues:12pm-11pm
Weds:12pm-11pm
Thurs:12pm-11pm
Fri:12pm-11pm
Sat:12pm-11pm
Sun:12pm-10.30pm
Food Served Times:
Mon:12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm
Tues:12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm
Weds:12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm
Thurs:12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm
Fri:12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-10.30pm
Sat:12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm
Sun:12.30pm-4pm, 7pm-9.30pm