Having just moved to Balham and seeing the constant Hagenandhyde postings on twitter I decided to visit! I have to say after reading the review on this site, I wasn't expecting a lot. However.. This is a real gem. I asked at the bar about food where I was taken up stairs by a lady (manager I think) where I waited for my partner. The room was half full and had a lovely atmosphere. To drink I had a French Martini ( I love these) I have to say it was the best I've tasted in a long while. This did take me by surprise as when you walk in its beer beer beer!at least 12 bitters I think. I finished this, and my boyfriend arrived I ordered another and he had a Vanilla & Tobacco infused Old Fashioned, (possibly the best old Fashioned he'd ever had) By this time we are excited!
Food? Amazing... I ordered The Deep fried poached egg and beets, delish! and Barry had the cured Salmon. We did wait a while but the kitchen was on full steam and we didn't mind waiting. For Mains we shared the fish pie! Dear god, its a must, cheap and full to the brim with creatures from the deep! 10/10 all around! However.. The tables and chairs?? Whats going on? Come on.. With the drinks and food at this standard they should meet half way at least with the fixtures and fittings. Staff great everything great.. A must visit!