So it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, but I’m sure you’ve all been crazy busy like me so haven’t missed me too much 😉
The Fentiman Arms deserves a blog because not only is it a well known great pub in Vauxhall but because it has been a big part of my two years living in the area. It was the first place I went to the day I moved in, I’ve enjoyed many food fuelled evenings with family when they come to visit, my boyfriend had his 30th birthday here, we’ve stumbled in for a night cap occasionally and this weekend we had probably one of our last Sunday lunches here in a while.
Fentiman Arms is a short walk from the Kia Oval cricket ground and situated in the middle of Fentiman Road. It is part of the Geronimo Inn chain and with each pub sporting a variation on their menu it means you are being served what is best cooked by those chefs in that kitchen.
As I said I first came here just under two years ago on a Saturday evening after a lot of box moving and cleaning. My parents and I enjoyed a bottle of red with steak and lamb but the real highlight and something I bark on about to anyone that will listen was their Nutella Panna Cotta.
The panna cotta was served with a banana split and hazlenut praline and was without a doubt the best dessert I’ve ever had. I have been known to tweet the chef to find out when it would be on the menu so I could pop in and have one on my way home! Unfortunately this hasn’t been on the menu for some time now but if you were lucky enough to try this I’m sure it’s why you keep going back like me. Or if you’re reading this Fentiman Arms – PLEASE get it back on the menu!
So on Sunday we headed over the road for an early evening dinner. My parents had the Sunday roast (which they always do), my boyfriend had the beer battered fish with chips and I had the venison burger off the specials board. The Sunday roasts here are really great, with the piece of beef my Dad had somewhat more like a tender slab of steak. However, having eaten out a lot throughout the week with work I couldn’t face another roast potato!
The Venison burger was topped with wild mushrooms and blue cheese served in a brioche bun with fries on the side.
The burger had a much stronger flavour than an ordinary beef burger and coupled with the wild mushrooms and blue cheese was a rich but smooth dish. Perfect for this time of year when you should treat yourself and over indulge a little!
I obviously had a little taste of everyone’s meal even though I’ve had them all before. The beer battered fish lived up to its legacy delivering on a golden and crispy batter filled with moist white fish. The chips were homemade wedge style cooked perfectly and presented on a wooden board gastropub style.
The lemon posset dessert is a sharp and tangy smooth type of mousse. Coupled with homemade shortbread to dip in. I always go for the cheeseboard (if I have room and if Nutella panna cotta is absent) which is a good amount to share between two. You generally have three different cheeses and I’ve never failed to have a great smooth but strong blue cheese.
Price wise the food isn’t cheap or expensive, in my opinion you most definitely get what you pay for.
Check it out next time you’re in the area and decide for yourself. At the very least you’ll find yourself in a traditional cosy pub scattered with games and sometimes even a couple of dogs.