Let's Meet at - The Butcher's Hook, Chelsea

Reviewed by James Allen, director, McCluskey International

As a Liverpool fan I would not normally have the inclination to venture too close to Chelsea Football Club. But I often make the exception to visit the Butcher's Hook, which is bang opposite Stamford Bridge.

The location is convenient for central and west London, and it is in easy reach of other venues if you want to take your client somewhere after.

'Gastropub' is a terrible and much over-used word, and it is probably how most people would class the Butcher's Hook. They shouldn't - it's so much better than that. The food is simple - the all-day blackboard menu includes a charcuterie platter, pint of prawns, Morecambe Bay potted shrimps, Welsh rarebit - but it's served with panache.

Head chef Jacky Lelievre also offers a separate lunch menu and another for dinner. These often offer strange delights such as nettle soup, sauteed garfish, lamb sweetbreads, slow-cooked shoulder of lamb, roast pork belly, or cassoulet. The wine list is long and erudite.

Take a journalist or client that you have a good relationship with, and shoot the breeze with them at the long, high table right in the middle of the pub. Or, if the weather's good, the doors at the front open out concertina-style so you can sit outside.

Where: 477 Fulham Road, London SW6 1HL
Contact: 020 7385 4654
How much: £25 a head

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