One of my favourite things about where I live is the proximity to SO many good eateries. Within a 15 minute walk there are really excellent pubs, restaurants, bars, brasseries and local pit stops for food from all around the world. Two of those pubs that were recommended over and over are The Oak and The Cow, which are less than 100m apart from each other. I've now eaten at both and will definitely be heading back regularly. 

The Oak is from the same people who run an old favourite of mine, The Bird in Hand in Shepherds Bush, though I hadn't realised this until we were given menus at The Oak and I recognised the format and font.... in fact, having just checked their website I see it's their flagship restaurant. Food is modern European sharing plates and wood fired pizzas. We shared a few of the nibbles and starters, including parma ham croquettes and vegetable antipasti before devouring a sumptuous wild boar ragu. It's no booking at The Oak but you can wait upstairs in the cocktail lounge bar to enjoy a drink until there's a table free. 

Just a bit further down the road is The Cow, which is very different but equally delicious. A bit "old man's pub" downstairs, or saloon bar as they call it, The Cow has a French restaurant upstairs offering up all the classics. There's huge platters of fruit de mer, a selection of oysters and hearty classics. On our visit we sampled the oyster platter to start, then roast shoulder of lamb with haricot beans and green sauce; homemade tagliolini with fresh crab, tomato and chilli; and Aberdeen Angus forerib with potato gratin and garlic butter. All divine. All cooked and seasoned to perfection. You can sit downstairs and eat from the same menu but can only book tables upstairs. I'm so glad to have found such local gems already!


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