Tel: +44 (0)20 7351 5043
Address: 190 Fulham Road, SW10 9PN
Cuisine Type: British
West Brompton, Fulham Broadway
What’s so great and reassuring about a Geronimo Inns establishment is that you are guaranteed a decent glass of wine and a good feed. Their comfortable, familiar demeanour makes it one of the chains you can rely on. Thankfully The Kings Arms in Chelsea is living up to the brand’s reputation.
A friendly welcome is what you will receive when you enter the pub – and a well stocked bar. The walls are adorned with framed pictures of famous Chelsea/Fulham landmarks, giving it a local feel. At the back there’s a print of what the pub used to look like, adding a local history dimension.
As with the majority of Geronimo Inns places, the signature look is oversized cushions and extremely comfortable seating so that you can fully relax in lovely surroundings.
When it comes to the drinks, they really know what they are talking about. The wine menu is divided into sections according the type of wine – for example Elegant Cool Wines or Warm Hearted Reds. The prices are very reasonable with the house being £14.80 a bottle, £3.80 a small and £5.20 a large glass. If you like Australian wines, head for the Yalumba as they always have delectable and delicious wines.
The food is typically British through and through, with some re-mastered classics to remind you just how good British food can be. You will find the trusted Scotch Egg (£3.95) which has made a comeback on many restaurant menus, and tasty treats like whitebait (£4.50) and honey mustard glazed sausages (£4.50). Tuesdays are pie nights when you get a free half pint of Estrella with very pie bought. They also implement special supper nights dedicated to a certain type of food or cuisine, such as game, for £18 for two courses. This means you get to sample something you might not ordinarily choose. Not one to shy away from trying different foods, we decided to try the Supper Club’s game menu.
The quail for starters had a littering of slightly warmed leaves with some diced hazelnuts thrown into the mix, giving the dish a new texture and dimension. It was succulent and quite simply divine. Our mains were the highlight as it involved a whole roast pheasant, with my guest having the tempting game pie (with venison and rabbit). The pheasant gained from the roasted sage and the contrasting wilted cabbage.
The gravy was made to perfection: meaty with a certain sweetness which brought out the intense flavours of the pheasant. The pie had a pleasing crunchy top with melt in the mouth tender meat within. Mash is one of the most essential elements of a pie and mash meal and they made theirs effortlessly with a stunningly creamy texture.
It’s sometimes hard to find a pub that has both good food and drinks whilst still maintaining the pubby vibe. The pub is such a British institution and Geronimo Inns are definitely keeping up its steeped roots and tradition.