Chintan and Suraya
Informal, comfortable and traditional, The Andover Arms in Brackenbury Village is a hidden gem
You may have to search quite hard to find The Andover Arms in the heart of Brackenbury Village, but the quest is well worthwhile.
Tucked away in the terraced streets, it is the epitome of an old-fashioned, intimate English pub. In fact, the locals will tell you that they regularly appear in photographs taken by tourists eager to sample a proper London pub atmosphere and lured to Hammersmith by The Andover’s impressively high rating on TripAdvisor.
Suraya, the New Zealand born Bar Manager, probably sums up the pub’s appeal best. ‘I only started working here in July and this is my first time away from home. I love it. The pub has such a cosy feel. It’s homely and you feel you’re part of a local community, everyone talks to you and is just so friendly.’
Suraya is not the only recent addition to the Andover’s tight-knit team, although the other recent arrival is actually a much-loved old face. Chintan, the Head Chef, worked at The Andover a few years ago and built a superb reputation for the quality of his cooking. He has now been tempted back, to the delight of the regulars.
‘The food we prepare really reflects the nature of the pub, uses the best fresh ingredients and changes according to the seasons,’ he says. ‘In essence, we serve hearty, old-school food with a twist, for example shoulders of lamb, steak, pies and fish. Also, our Sunday lunch is always incredibly popular.’
The Andover’s wine cellar has an excellent selection of bottles from all corners of the globe and, since it is a Fuller’s pub, there’s no question about the quality of the ales. In fact, in 2014
The Andover won Fuller’s Pub of the Year, beating 386 other establishments; lessee Tom Gavaghan and his team were praised for ‘keeping an exceptional bar and running a fantastic kitchen.’ That says it all about this perfect local!
The Andover Arms
57 Aldensley Road W6 0DL