At the heart of cosmopolitan Hammersmith and handy for Olympia, this eye-catching diners' pub, generously dressed with colourful summer hanging baskets and boxes, is a popular place for people-watching. Bag a bench beside the adjacent flowery enclave on sunny days, or head inside where mellow furniture and stripped floorboards characterise the interior. Friendly staff, a comprehensive wine list and well-kept ales (St Austell Tribute, Skinner’s Betty Stogs, Exmoor Gold) are the draw for those seeking after-work refreshment. But it’s also a great place for sampling enticing cuisine with an Italian accent from a regularly updated menu and specials selection. Starters include pork and chorizo terrine with spiced pineapple chutney and brioche toasts; and bruscetta al pomodoro. Among the mains are penne with Italian sausage ragù; salmon and dill fishcakes; and pan-fried sea bream fillet with king prawn, chorizo croquette and sautéed spinach. Desserts are few but sweet: sticky toffee pudding, perhaps, or chocolate brownie with ice cream.
Closed: 24 December to 1 January
Open all week
Open all day
Opening times: 12–11 (Sunday 12–10.30 Thursday to Friday 12–12)
Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–3, Sunday 12–9.30
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6–10, Sunday 12–9.30
Main course from14
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Allowed in bar
Allowed in restaurant
Allowed in garden
From Kensington Olympia tube station turn left. At T-junction right into Hammersmith Road. 3rd left into North End Road, 100 yards pub on left.