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REVIEW: The Gallery, West Hampstead

REVIEW: The Gallery, West Hampstead

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We had one of *those* hangovers. You know the ones, when you wake up around 10am feeling-quite-fine-actually, get a pint of water down your neck, have a shower and decide to venture outside for some air – only to hit a huge, grey wall an hour later, with no rope or stepladders in sight.

The Gallery’s menu of large and small plates beckoned to our rumbling stomachs, the extensive beer and cocktail list flirting with the less sensible part of our brains.

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The legendary beer can chicken roast sounded as close to a hug from our own mother as we’d get that Sunday, so we promptly ordered one – but not before cheesy garlic mushrooms. Served up as a toastie, we had to give half away before we scoffed the lot and ruined our appetite for the main event – but good grief was it delicious.

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Feeling brave, we tried a boozy tea from the last vestige of the Winter Menu – warm and soothing, but too strong for our delicate state. The restaurant’s now serving three delightful summer concoctions and we like the sound of the Basil Fawlty (Beefeater’s gin, elderflower liqeruer lemon, apple and basil). Cheddar and Black Cab Stout croquettes were melty and unctuous, perfect for London-brewed beer lovers.

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Next though, the chicken. Served on a a carve-it-yourself tray so large that we had to move to another table (always a good sign), it came up fast and hot, alongside smoked corn, hispi cabbage, roast carrots, gravy and bread sauce (and a couple of yorkies at our request). A feast for two people, the perfect lunch for three – we’d come back to eat this in an instant, the white meat beautifully soft and tender.

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We’ll blame the hangover for what happened next, too, because it was fried bananas and ice cream to share. Light, fluffy dough doused in cinnamon was the perfect finale to this thoroughly indulgent Sunday, and we’d highly recommend it.

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We went home full, sleepy and newly enamoured with West Hampstead – we can’t wait to visit sister restaurant The Alice House next month for a macrame necklace-making class, but if there food’s anything like this, we’ll be sure to arrive hungry too.

 

Website: Ilovethegallery.com

Address: The Gallery, 190 Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, London, NW6 3AY

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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