Last week we finally picked up the keys to our first house in London. It has been a few months of a lot of stress, but it has all been worth it in the end!
After picking up the keys, we thought we’d try out a local pub/restaurant for dinner. We don’t know Tooting very well yet, so it’s exciting to be able to explore a new area and find out what culinary treats it has in store. So far I’ve only been to Chicken Shop, which I wrote about previously here.
We decided to try The Antelope, a 10 minute walk from our new house. We’d been in before for a quick drink and it seemed like your typical pub. We weren’t expecting that much from the food but we ended up being very surprised!
The dining area of The Antelope is separate from the drinking sections of the pub, with lots of dark wood, quirky plates and candles. Again, we were expecting the menu to be quite basic (burgers and so on) but we were pleased to see lots of different options on there, for very reasonable prices. By the way, you’ll have to excuse the quality of the photos – it was quite dark in there and I only had my iPhone. I really wasn’t expecting there to be such great photogenic food!
The starters looked delicious (I loved the look of the Poached Pear, Chicory, Stilton & Walnut Salad) but we were only really looking for a quick meal before we made the long journey back across London to our current flat in East London.
I decided on the Braised Lamb Shoulder & Confit Lamb Breast, Salsa Verde Salad and Anchovy & Tarragon Dressing, and Tim went for the Cornish Mackerel with Beetroot, Potato & Watercress Salad, and Tomato & Chilli Dressing. There wasn’t a huge option of sides – House Chips with Rosemary Salt, Rocket & Parmesan Salad and Mixed Greens. We ordered the chips and greens.
When our food arrived, it became quite apparent why there weren’t many side options, as the main courses themselves were pretty big, in hindsight, I don’t think we really needed anything to go with them.
The lamb was absolutely gorgeous – it was served with a salad with gherkins and capers, and a good serving of mint sauce (I could eat mint sauce on anything!!) I’d never thought about serving lamb in this way before – I’ve always felt it should be accompanied with vegetables. But it worked perfectly with the salad, especially for a warm summer evening.
Tim said his mackerel was incredibly good – a lot of flavour with a nice crispy skin and moist flakes of fish. The salad also complemented it very well.
I can’t wait to go back once we officially move in and try out more of their dishes! If you know Tooting well, please do send across some suggestions of other places to visit – let me know in the comments below 🙂