Hidden away on a residential street and covered in Ivy and other plants, is the Faltering Fullback Pub.
As you walk in, there are two bar areas and seating areas like any normal little pub (although there are loads of random trinkets hanging on the ceiling), but as you continue your journey through the pub you find yourself in a large open plan room full of picnic benches, a stage for a live band, a little kiosk for Thai food served by a lovely Thai family, a pool table and then beyond this is the beer garden which is like a tree house and goes up on lots of different floors. One of the Harry Potter films was apparently filmed in this beer garden (beer tree house?) – if it wasn’t, I believed it.
I love how hidden away and surprisingly large this pub is and I love that it is really well priced, there is a pool table (hard to find a pool table in a London pub because of space) and there’s decent food.
The food is decent if you are in the area and craving some well priced Thai food – it is a fairly simple menu and they serve all the popular Thai dishes that we are used to in the UK. From the menu, I would recommend the Kwey Tiew noodles, which are surprisingly really really good!
I hadn’t heard anything about it at all and then one day on the bus home, I realised that San Daniele (a restaurant which was always fairly empty) was absolutely buzzing and full of people. I also realised that there was a new sign outside and quickly jotted down the name in my handy dandy notes on my phone under my “Where I want to eat” page.
We booked it for Sandra’s birthday for the first weekend of December.
It was full of people again and we went into the candle lit restaurant that still had hints of San Daniele’s existence, but as a pop up, Seb really has transformed the place.
We wanted everything on the menu, so it was great that they had a tasting menu so that we didn’t need to make any decisions and we could just try it all.
Everything was so full of amazing traditional flavours of the South East and it definitely made me feel like I wasn’t in London and back in Asia while we were eating there. Seb definitely has the Asian touch.
Our top dishes (in no specific order) were:
The Prawn in the Betel Leaf – it was a really nice start to the meal because of all the zingy refreshing flavours.
The Tempura Chicken in Scotch Bonnet Sauce – So spicy! But so so so so good.
The Whole Seabass – I literally kept eating this until the plate was clean (don’t think they needed to wash the plate after I was done with it). Not only was the fish cooked to perfection but everything on the dish was amazing!
Honestly one of the best Pad Thai that I have had in London is from Newdlez. They are a family owned street food stall that I stumbled upon when I went searching for lunch one weekday at the Tachbrook Street Market.
Every dish is freshly made in a wok right in front of you. You are asked what filling you want (prawns, tofu, chicken or veg), whether you want it spicy or not, and whether you would like the egg mixed into the noodles or omelette-style.
Light, fresh and bursting full of flavour – this is a great lunch option if you are ever in the area.