Tel: +44 (0)20 8748 1397
Address: 54 Cambridge Grove, London W6 0LA
Cuisine Type: European
Hammersmith (PICCADILLY, DISTRICT, HAMMERSMITH & CITY)
The Stonemasons Arms is one of those places that you keep heading back to and not only because the food is so good, but because it is such great value. An added bonus at this gastropub is that it will take bookings, advisable at nights when it is often very busy.
The pub oozes rustic charm and warmth. And together with displays of local artwork (all for sale) adorning its walls, it is already an inviting place, even if you are not hungry. There is an area for diners but it is very much part of the pub itself so you can still soak in the atmosphere. The crowd does tend to get decidedly noisy and boisterous so if it is a quiet romantic dinner you are after, this is definitely not the best place.
The menu generally consists of around 6-8 each for starters and main courses, likely to be different every time you go. Starters are on the generous side and will suffice as a main for some. Sharing is always a good idea.
I chose a side dish of rocket and parmesan (£3.50) as a starter that was disappointing. Although the flavours were lovely, the rocket was tough and chewy. A side of chicken liver served with warm ciabatta bread (£3.50), on the other hand, was delicious as was the homemade hummous (£3.00). A starter of sautéed chorizo, green beans, and roseval potato served with poached egg (£5.50) made a lovely blend of flavours. Other starters included bruschetta with aubergine, peppers, goats cheese and pesto (£5.25) and artichoke heart, piquillo pepper and parmesan torte with pesto and salad (£5.50). All sounds a little complicated, but the combinations really do work.
The grilled sirloin steak (£10.50) with salad and fries always a popular choice; steak always cooked to order and big enough to feed two! Two of us had the mouth-watering monkfish and barramundi stew with palm oil, dried prawns, coconut milk, cashew nuts and rice (£11.50). A breast of chicken stuffed with beetroot and goats cheese on stewed puy lentils (£9.75) and pan seared ostrich with sweet potato and spring onion hash (£9.75) both went down very well.
As usual, we were too full to even contemplate having dessert. Tonight’s selection included a sticky toffee pudding, chocolate and amaretti torte and passion fruit tarte; all £3.75. The coffee is excellent but very strong.
Wines range from £10.00 for a house wine to around £30, tastes and budgets to suit most.
Sometimes it can take a while for the food to arrive but it’s never really a struggle as you can see both chefs and staff consistently working hard to please everyone.
Average cost is around £25-30 a head including drinks and tip. The owners also repeat the winning formula at The Pilot in Chiswick and Masons Arms in Battersea. And we are already looking forward to our next venture back.