The restaurant is owned by the fantastic Antony Worrall Thompson (pictured left with head chef Candido da Silva) and prides itself on being accessible, down-to-earth and fuss-free. This is reflected in the menu, which boasts a selection of classic dishes, such as slow-roasted pork belly or fillet of beef stroganoff. From the grill, the AWT burger and Aberdeenshire Scottish beef steaks are firm favourites and for good reason - all of the meat is aged for 35 days to maximise the tenderness and flavour.
On our visit, we were delighted with the tender chilli-salt squid with spring onions and expertly cooked devilled lamb's kidneys on baked field mushrooms. A main course of rib-eye steak served with skinny or chunky chips, grilled tomato and mushroom was cooked to perfection, melting in the mouth, while the peppercorn sauce provided a welcome kick of gentle heat and creaminess. The pork tasting plate could only be described as a celebration of pork - a veritable feast for lovers of all things porcine. Porchetta, belly, bacon, sausage, black pudding, sage and onion stuffing and a sweet apple chilli jelly make up an incredible platter, with each cut showcasing the many flavours and textures of pork. Desserts - a light yet decidedly decadent chocolate brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce and an outstanding apple crumble with vanilla custard - were just the right side of sweet.
Wine lovers will doubtless be pleasantly surprised by the selection available, with manager Antonio available to happily steer you in the right direction.
A set lunch menu is available, which represents incredible value. For lovers of a classic British Sunday roast, you can't go wrong with Kew Grill's version followed by a visit to nearby Kew Gardens. Perfect.