As soon as I discovered that one of London’s best gastropubs The Grazing Goat had a fireplace, I was hooked. Upon reading their menu, I was taken. London has so many restaurants to offer, especially as the weather gets colder, but at the same time with so little schedule-space to see everything (you’d probably need years to eat your way through London and by then even more eateries will have popped up!) you have to be selective sometimes and pick the best 😉
Autumn is fast finishing, and so I’ve been trying to make the most of the one season where I can guiltlessly throw around leaves by going out to all the most tree-filled areas in the hope that I can find a corner to act like a kid again 😉
The good news about the coming cold is it gives us even more of an excuse to go looking for some great cosy places to relax after all that exercise of leaf throwing…
and I have the perfect place for you to do just that!
I have somehow managed to walk past this place hundreds of times without looking twice at it, so when our taxi stopped outside I had to do a double take: this was the location of the gorgeous gastropub I had been dying to try for some time?! It was the best surprise!
We were taken upstairs, and seated beside the window, and instantly a waiter came to take our drink orders. I went with a green tea while Elizabeth chose her classic order of coke :))
It was all going smoothly until we had to choose the starters- uh oh- how to pick?! I was overwhelmed by the delicious options: from wild mushroom soufflé, to Chilli salt squid, The Grazing Goat offers something for everyone, and this is where we got really stuck: we could have ordered them all!
We had to leave stomach space for our mains though 😉 So we decided simply to go for the Rock Oysters (for me) and Kid Goat Croquettes. The latter came with clementine relish and spiced mayonnaise, and both were sublime.
The mains followed soon after, and I’m not exaggerating when I say I went starry-eyed over the mouthwatering dishes.
One bite and I was in love. I have tried a lot of restaurant food in London but rarely have any ever come to anything I would call ‘really good’. At that moment though, I knew that The Grazing Goat had become one of that handful.
Juicy and tender braised Goat Kid sat on a bed of truffle mash potato (super creamy and yet light), while kale and tasty mushrooms complimented the dish perfectly. The dish was finished wonderfully by the red wine jus, which was simply divine and undescribable. In-between trying to finish the hearty portion, I think both Elizabeth and I realised that we were probably- definitely- going to be back.
Elizabeth had gone with the Pork, and hers came with a unique mustard mashed potato, and sautéed chard, with peach dressing to finish. Again, the presentation was unfaultable, and reflected the cosy feel of the food and environment of the pub.
We were so full from the generous portion of the meals that we had no time for dessert, but promised the waiter we’d be back for sure. I have to say this is by far the best-value meal I have had in a long long time, and really made me reconsider some restaurants I’d once considered ‘good’. If you want amazing food, good ambiance, and an experience that will leave you with a smile on your face (and a full stomach), this is totally the place for you. Everything, from the lighting to the service, is simply lovely. it’s the kind of place you can visit regularly, not because you don’t have anywhere else to go, but because of all the places to dine in London, you’ve chosen it.