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Harwood Arms boasts a comprehensive range of drinks to enjoy in comfortable, relaxed surroundings. The menu offers traditional wholesome dishes using seasonal produce with a skew towards game.

Ranked #2373 of 5241 restaurants in London

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

17:30 - 23:00

TUE

12:00 - 23:00

WED

12:00 - 23:00

THU

12:00 - 23:00

FRI

12:00 - 00:00

SAT

12:00 - 00:00

SUN

12:00 - 23:00

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Harwood Arms reviews



By Kelly H.

Harwood Arms has been around for years, seeing off competition from newer, trendier bars. It’s little surprise, as it was the first London pub to ever receive a Michelin Star… and with good reason.

The Venue
Harwood Arms is as close to a country pub as you’re likely to get in London. Located in a remote part of Fulham, it stands a large, impressive building that is traditional in design, carefully maintaining its period features.

Inside, the Harwood Arms is divided into two areas; one reserved mainly for drinking, the other serving as the dining room (although you can eat wherever you please). This venue has an upmarket yet traditional pub aesthetic with huge arching windows flooding the room with light, simple but shiny wooden tables and matching chairs, and a huge bar. Overhead the light fittings are fancy, sitting somewhere between granny lamp and chandelier. In terms of the colour scheme, a swathe of white is broken up by a pretty duck egg blue, which lends a certain sophistication to the design. If you’re just after a casual drink then you can forego the heavy dining tables in favour of a bar stool or one of the leather sofas, edged neatly against a roaring fire. It’s cleverly done, so as to appeal to those people who like gastro pubs to feel like a restaurant and those drinkers fed up with the gentrification of their boozers.

The Atmosphere
Although the Harwood Arms is a pub at heart, it has veered into the restaurant arena with a focus on award-winning food. As such, a large number of hungry diners visit and it’s worth booking ahead as it’s very popular. This is a place that attracts more than just locals, with a fantastic reputation for well-priced, top-quality grub. It may not be trendy anymore - remaining largely ignored by the foodie bloggers who have long-since moved on to the latest pub opening - but word of mouth keeps on spreading and those awards keep rolling in. As such, this is an example of a pub that is thriving at a time when many are closing their doors for good. The staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming and this may have something to do with the pub’s ongoing success.

The Food
The food at the Harwood Arms is excellent, and it’s little surprise given it’s part-run by the chef at the much-acclaimed Ledbury restaurant. The food focusses on fantastic British produce, including seasonal game. Best of all, you are looking at non-Michelin prices to enjoy a good meal here, with starters coming in at £8-£9 a dish and main courses hovering under £20.

For real reverence of deer, try the haunch of Berkshire roe with tarragon mustard and crispy garlic potatoes (£18.50). The venison has been lovingly prepared so it’s moist, tender and delicately pink, retaining all of those rich, borderline-sweet flavours that British roe is so known for. The tarragon mustard is a smart bit of prep, herbs giving a real lift to the tangy mustard, which marries well with the deer. It’s rounded off with strongly garlic-flavoured potatoes with a delightful golden colour. You won’t need to worry about puny portions or racking up a bill on side dishes as this is more than adequate for a main meal. Alternatively, the Middlewhite pork belly (£19.50) is delicious. It’s soft, fatty and perfectly cooked and seasoned, served with celeriac, white cabbage and apple. A traditional dish, the refined cooking showcases why this pub won a Michelin star.

The Drink
Although there is a large draught selection on offer at the Harwood Arms, including a selection of real ale, the star of the show is the wine menu. It’s been devised to complement the bold cooking on show with a huge range of bottles priced to suit most budgets. It’s also good to see a large choice available by the glass for those who want to choose a wine for each course or don’t fancy overindulging.

The list is very heavily focussed on French bottles, mainly chosen for their full, bold flavours, given the complexity of the food. However, there are some interesting German varieties including some great Rieslings, which tend to offer better value for money. It’s just a shame that the pub hasn’t branched out to include some of the more unusual wine-producing regions.

The Last Word
The Harwood Arms puts London pubs on the Michelin map. It may be more restaurant than boozer these days but it’s still worth pencilling in on your must-visit pub list.


By Deborah C.

Visited the Harwood on Saturday night- this is my third visit this year. The pub got awarded a Michelin star for the second time this January and they definitely deserve it! The menu could be described as slightly intimidating for some but the staff are always willing to explain the dishes to you and make recommendations. The pub itself has a really rustic and laid back feel to it. The food is outstanding! We ordered the Roe Deer which was to die for-and they were more than happy to give us a doggy pag to take home! I have never had a bad meal and the staff always go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. My only complaint is it's too popular so you have to book weeks- or even months in advance! But it's definitely worth the wait....


By Gemma M.

Not great service! After visiting many Michelin starred restaurants, this one has to be the worst. We weren't escorted to our tables, just told to go and sit over there somewhere. No topping up of our half full glasses or even asked if the meal was ok untill the end when we politely didn't pay the service charge. Ok food, not great and poor customer service.. Wouldn't waste your time or money!


By J Y.

For patrons who are not familiar with gastropub fare, the menu at The Harwood Arms can be both intimidating and confusing. However, the waiters were very helpful and friendly with choosing the food and were very accommodating in bringing us a selection of starters which we could share. The food was well cooked and everything on the plate complemented each other perfectly. All in all it was a pleasant experience with quite unusual but well cooked food.


By Martin W.

We had a horrible dining experience at this so-called gastro-pub.

Although there is a secluded dining room, we were seated at a table in the middle of a crowded and very noisy bar with drinkers standing all around us, jostling us and making a huge amount of noise.

We were totally ignored by the staff and were only given menus after asking and after a long delay.

After we had been waiting for over half an hour with no service of any kind the owner breezed in with a party of friends and was served immediately.

When we pointed out to him that we had been waiting for over an hour for service and that our table was unsuitable, uncomfortable and very noisy we were rudely told "this is a pub - what do you expect".

After waiting in this horrible environment with no food for an hour and a half, we left. We will never go back. The Harwood Arms is a disgrace.

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