There’s something magical about a pub that is distinctly known for its landlord. Take EastEnders, for example, which has a pretty famous pub in the Queen Vic but shot to icon status after Peggy Mitchell yelled at rogue drinkers, ‘get outta my pub.’
So when I was informed there was a pub owned by James Blunt in Fulham, I had to pinch myself. I couldn’t quite get my head around the fact that one of the UK’s most brightest and heartfelt songwriters owned a boozer next to Chelsea Football Club. I can’t lie – I was staggered.
Whether you are a fan or not of the famous musician, one thing that everyone is a fan of is the pub. It was time to head down to this taproom, grab some food and (hopefully) spot the man himself.
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As soon as I arrived, I felt like I was relaxing peacefully in the countryside rather than London. The pub has everything it needs to give you that elegant and cosy feel, with wooden interiors and rich green leather booths. It is light and airy with a bit of a rustic touch.
Even if you attend on a rainy day, this pub will brighten up your day with its gorgeous décor. The Edwardian styling and the luminous spaces create a warm atmosphere all year round. The olive tree made the back area of the pub so picturesque – it was like a little piece of heaven.
When it came to drinks, the wine list is well through through and offers quality options than you would generally expect in a normal pub. However, there was one beverage that caught my eye.
Hidden in the cocktail list was a drink labelled: You’re Beautiful (£11). Comprising of Sipsmith gin, grapefruit juice, elderflower – I have to say my love for James Blunt began to squeal in delight.
A notable mention must go to the waiter, who was an absolute hero. Despite not being the main man himself, he came over with my cocktail and declared ‘You’re Beautiful… it’s true’ before presenting me with my drink.
I swooned. And, as if it couldn’t get any better, the cocktail is truly magical. The waiter later informed me a previous guest suggested adding to the menu a tequila cocktail named: ‘Goodbye My Liver.’ I could not love this place more.
Their food menu is what you can expect from a traditional London pub – fish and chips, Sunday roasts and rich homemade desserts. However, the chef has managed to rework some of the classic meals without getting pretentious and adding flamboyant ingredients that feel out of place.
As I was only stopping by for lunch, I opted for the roasted aubergine and pearl barley ratatouille (£17). I pretty much hoovered up the dish within minutes – it was divine. It can’t really get more amazing than this, right?
I was wrong. The cherry on top of this special visit was heading to the pub lavatories. This was simply a fairytale bathroom. Steeped in elegance and grace, there was luxury soap and hand lotion – and that extra little something to catch the eye – large and flattering mirrors.
For the reasons above, The Fox and Pheasant is possibly Fulham’s best-kept secret. Its cosiness and charm makes it a perfect escape for Londoners. Despite not seeing James Blunt in the flesh, I could feel his love and passion for delicious, traditional food in every single way. I simply did not want to leave.
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