In the incredibly named Hogpit’s Bottom, just outside London, lies a pub called The Bricklayer’s Arms. My girlfriend kept going on and on about how amazing it was, so on a sunny August bank holiday, we drove to the outskirts of the countryside (or at least, what feels like the countryside to me!) so I could see what all the fuss is about.
Firstly, let me say that the outside of the pub is gorgeous.
The entire outside of the pub is covered with ivy and flowers and it definitely makes a huge impression as you walk up. Especially in the summertime, the effect is really colourful and stunning.
Because of the weather, we decided to sit outside to make the most of the sun! We ordered some Pimms, which was brought out with some seriously delicious bread:
Is there any simple pleasure better than a thick, crusty, soft chunk of bread? I’ll tell you right now, that’s a no!
The amount of bread brought out to share between two people was generous, particularly considering the thickness of each slice! It’s always noticed and appreciated by me when restaurants don’t skimp on things like a bread basket, and for me, it’s a huge plus point for any eaterie.
After enjoying quite a bit of Pimms and as the sun started to set, we set off back home, fully with the intent of coming back again soon.
We finally got round to going reserving a table for dinner quite recently, and based on our first visit, I was incredibly excited.
On arrival, we were taken to our seats nestled in a corner of the pub. The pub itself has a really cosy and warm atmosphere, although it is worth mentioning that I thought that the chairs could be a bit comfier (but then again, I am a real grandma when it comes to seating!)
Perusing the menu, I was really pleased with amount of yummy-sounding options! After some serious debate, I opted for pan fried duck breast & duck leg confit, marinated in salt and duck fat, with a fig jus. And just because that wasn’t enough, I also got some triple-cooked chips. Here’s what the plate looked like:
When it comes to taste, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that I could have licked the plate clean. It was absolutely delicious! The duck was tender and juicy, the chips crunchy and soft in all the right places, and the sauce was incredibly flavourful and tied the entire dish together really well. A highly recommended dish.
My girlfriend ordered the same dish. Just looking at her face as she samples that first chip takes me back to the lovely taste. Yummy!
Scores on the doors
Ambience – I’d give it a solid 8/10. The atmosphere is really lovely, especially indoors which has a cosy and familial vibe. Taking a little bit off for the uncomfy chairs.
Food – This is a 9/10 situation. Seriously tasty food, from the bread they bring you to the mains.
Service – 8/10 – the waiters are attentive, courteous, and friendly. The only reason this isn’t higher is because there was nothing I felt they went “above and beyond” on.
Over to you!
Have you been? What did you think? Tell me all your thoughts!!