Let's Do Lunch - The Thatched House

Reviewed by Jon Holt, managing director, Cancan Communications.

The Thatched House is a big, yellow, thatch-free pub built on a peninsula in the aspiring bit of Hammersmith that estate agents call 'Brackenbury Village'.

With one tiny, bear-trap door and dark innards, its looks are unwelcoming to passing trade.

But this is an excellent spot for a client meeting as far as I'm concerned; the place doesn't need PR.

The furniture seems randomly chosen. No single chair is the same as another.

Tables are chunky and made of various trees. There's a large fire where more trees lie burning, then the bar, a conservatory, fat church candles and flowers. There is no space here for detail, but it is all terribly pleasing together.

There are meaty dishes on the menu, such as lamb, chicken and sausages, but the roast beef is the one to go for. Sliced sirloin, bright red inside, came served with a perfect lack of pretension - just vegetables, chosen for colour and sweetness, crisp Yorkshires and meat juices. Unfussy.

Having the best lunch ever with a client and getting slightly drunk on nice wine (mostly New World, just like the excellent staff) will cost about £50. And there really is no better way to spend your money.

Something is awful, though. It has got popular. Make sure you book.

Where: 115 Dalling Road, London, W6 Contact: 020 8748 6174 How much: Around £50 for two

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