I am addicted to Thai food and it has recently led me to trying to self teach myself Thai cooking. I’m getting pretty good but unfortunately the benchmark has been set rather high due to my discovery a number of years ago of The Churchill Arms. Located on the corner of Kensington Church Street and Bedford Gardens(nearest tube station Notting Hill) and luckily only 10 minutes away from my new flat (yes this was an essential factor when choosing where to live!) the Churchill is one of the most traditional pubs in London.
Outside (in summer) it is entirely covered by hanging baskets and window boxes (in 1997 it was voted ‘Boozer In Bloom’ at Chelsea Flower Show 2007). Inside British paraphernalia and memorabilia is hanging from every available piece of wall of ceiling. The bar staff, generally Australian are always friendly and welcoming, the beers are top notch and at the back of the restaurant is my favourite bit.
There are a couple of deserts, a chocolate fudge cake is always on the menu, however I often don’t get to this part of the meal as the mains are large.
Service and presentation is no nonsence. Charm isn’t lacking but efficiency is paramount. There are always people waiting for a table and a few years ago they had to introduce a 1 hr policy on each table due to popularity. Avid this place on Friday and Saturday night or you will struggle to get served at the bar and get a table in the restaurant. On most nights it is a good idea to book a table to avoid disappointment.
Oh and did I mention that each dish is only £6.50 including rice/noodles. In the heart of Kensington, West London this is most definitely a bargain and a half!