Open Mon–Sat 10am – midnight; Sun 11am–10pm
The recently refurbished gastropub on the corner of Sherbrooke Road makes the most of the natural light: there’s a large glass roof above the dining area and mirrors along the walls. The chunky wooden tables and black leather chairs are, unfortunately, let down by the enormous royal blue – the same colour as the Ryanair steward uniforms – banquettes and there’s even a matching shower curtain-style screen. We also weren’t keen on the jarring brassy pendant lights. The bar area is smart, though, with flowers on the corner; a flat screen (showing the tennis during our visit); bright sofas and there’s table football in the entrance area.
Local families in the restaurant area and sports fans (of the polo shirt, chino and deck shoe sort) at the bar.
The service is charming and the mostly British, slow-cooked traditional pub dishes are all made on the premises. We had a hearty serving of creamy macaroni cheese, mushroom and baby spinach fricassee (£9.25); and small plates of pea shoots and feta salad (£3.10); smoked salmon, artichokes and tapenade (slightly meagre, £3.75) and a large side dish of new potatoes (£2.85) which were, admittedly, swimming in butter. We adored the baked-to-order chocolate fudge cookies which arrived with a generous bowl of berry smoothie for dessert (£5.70).
Real ales include Black Sheep and London Pride; ciders include Aspall and Addlestons (£3.50–£3.80 per pint) and the wine list is pretty extensive with many available by the glass and carafe as well as bottle.
The Salisbury, 21 Sherbrooke Road, SW6; www.thesalisbury.com; 020 7381 4005