Sitting in The Kings Arms one Saturday afternoon with my fiance Sam, got me thinking. There’s one thing that we’re missing currently in our lives and that’s a good countryside pub. Unfortunately, we live in London so we’re a little limited. It wasn’t until I was sat in The Kings Arms Pub that I actually felt like I was out of the city.
Don’t get me wrong, I love living in London and if we ever moved away, there’s not another city in the UK that would ever feel as alive and vibrant as London. Sorry, I’m a little biased.
The Kings Arms is a lovely restored pub that can be found just a stone’s throw away from Hanwell station in the borough of Ealing, West London or a twenty or so minute walk from Boston Manor. We decided to walk to and from Boston Manor which both built up an appetite and allowed us to walk off all the great food we had.
We were greeted by Cameron and his team upon arrival, where we perched ourselves in a cosy spot in the corner of the pub. I quietly observed the surroundings which gave me all the feels of a pub with a community feel. It felt welcoming, with a mixture of families, couples and friends which came and went throughout the time we were there.
The bar was at the centre of the pub with the kitchen off to the side, directly opposite us. It was a fairly open space that allowed nosy people like myself to watch the chefs cooks and present the meals. The pub is owned by Frontier and they had a service system in which you kept hold of a device after ordering your food. Once it went off, you’d collect it.
We started off with the beer paddle, normally served on a Tuesday and includes three taster beers (a third of a pint) of any craft beers on display. As both myself and Sam are lovers of craft ales and lager we went with a mixture, including two stouts.
From top left to right, there’s Shoreditch Blonde, Longhorn IPA, Pitch – Forest Roads, Black Pearl, Gamma Ray and Mariana Trench. My favourite was the Shoreditch Blonde. I’m not a big ale drinker but this was a smooth blonde that was light and flavoursome. Sam’s favourite was the Mariana Trench again light, refreshing and hoppy.
We both ordered the same pizza which was the Smoked Chicken and Avacado which had a fiery chilli base. Sam opted for the normal base because he wasn’t keen on it being too spicy but then coated it with chilli oil when it arrived. Yep, Cameron didn’t get that either. The pizza was so tasty and I think it’s the first time I’ve ever had Avacado on a pizza before.
Cameron recommended we go for a glass of the Pinot Noir of which we tried both the English and the Chilean and I have to say that the Chilean do it better.
Finally, it came down to what I was most excited for. Four doughnuts smothered in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with Nutella all over. Are you excited? Yep.
GOD DOESN’T IT LOOK SO DAMN GOOD?! I also would like to say, yes to Cinnamon Sugar on all future doughnuts I have because it just makes a doughnut taste so much better than it already does. Strawberry Jam is also 2008, Nutella is definitely the way to go.
I’d like to thank Cameron and the rest of his team for such a wonderful meal and recommending us to take a trip to the microbrewery just a few doors down from the pub, which may have tipped us over the edge a little…but in a good way of course.
Let me know what you think of the dreamy Nutella Doughnuts down in the comments below.
*Disclaimer – I received a complimentary meal in return for an honest review. All words are my own.