Friday, June 19, 2015

Founder's Arms Review

This is for a series of posts related to a London 2014 trip including: 

Let's actually start our London tour with our last night. We decided to take a stroll by the Thames and dine al fresco at Founder's Arms. It seemed to be a popular spot for the local crowd, with food, drinks, and conversation enjoyed by all.

It was pirate night, so a free pint was on offer for those dressed appropriately - arrrrrrr! Both food and drink is ordered at the bar. Drink in hand, you take your flagged number to your table to wait for food to be brought along. 

It was a gorgeous night by the Thames, with heat lamps providing some ambiance and warmth amidst the cool fall breeze. 

Pimm's Cup

The GF and I decided to try the traditional Pimm's. Refreshing and not cloyingly sweet, this was easily quaffable and the perfect drink to enjoy our night. 

The Best of British [16 Pounds = $26.22]
Pork & caramelized onion Scotch egg, pork pie, Denhay cheddar, Gammon ham, sausage roll, Branston pickle, gherkins, freshly baked bread 

Go big or go home right? I went with the Best of British, which was a huge slab of pretty much everything. Plenty of scotch eggs filled with hard-boiled egg and sausage, Gammon ham, pork pies, sharp Denhay cheddar, and freshly baked bread. The Branston pickles and gherkins really made the dish though, providing much needed acidity to break up the heft. The accompanying strong British mustard provided a countervailing element to all the meats. Still, there was no way I could finish this feast.

Young's Battered Haddock Fillet [12 Pounds = $19.67]
Fries, mushy peas, tartare sauce 

The GF enjoyed the fish and chips, which were crisp, flaky, moist, and thankfully, without bones. The chips were nicely crisp. The mushy peas were well-seasoned and rounded out this ubiquitous dish.

Garlic & Thyme Sweet Potato Wedges [3.50 Pounds = $5.74]

Do get the sweet potato wedges. Not overly done with garlic, the wedges were perfectly crisp on the outside and lusciously creamy within. Delicious.

Overall, Founder's Arms really hit the spot. It seems like the perfect venue to grab a pint with some friends while enjoying the beauty of London across the Thames.

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