Living in Islington, Barons Court is not one of those London boroughs I find myself in very often. Distance is no real impediment on my quest to find good nosh around town, so when I heard that The Pear Tree had an Aberdeen Angus beef burger on their menu, it didn’t take much persuasion.
The Pear Tree was recently taken over by new proprietors “Darren and Lulu” who also own “The Bird in Hand” pub in nearby Fulham. I had the pleasure to meet and chat with both about the daunting enterprise that it was to turn this once neglected boozer into the charming, local gastro pub I was visiting that evening.
Housed in an elegant, early Victorian building, one of the oldest in the area, the pub has a cozy feel, and has been simpathetically furnished. The clientele is mostly young and affluent; I noted a few doctors and nurses there as the pub is located just behind Charing Cross Hospital.
Gary of Start Space (Columbia Road Art Gallery and Café) accompanied me on the evening. A quick look at the menu was enough for us to make our choices, and soon after placing our orders, our starters arrived.
The “Duck rillette with salami, red onion marmalade and cornichons” @ £4.50 was delightful and a very generous portion considering its price. The rillette was deliciously fatty, well seasoned and as good as the rillettes I have eaten in the South West of France or at Terroirs in Central London.
The “Vegetable tempura with soy and ginger dipping sauce” @ £3.95 was also a well executed dish, with a thin, crisp batter.
Gary’s “Whole grilled mackarel with chorizo, beetroot, new potatoes, and watercress salad” @ £11.75 was again perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. The chorizo stood up well to the fish - it was a delicious combination I had never tried before.
The star of the evening however was the “Aberdeen Angus beef burger with handcut chips” @ £8.95. The patty was chunky, meaty, and had been cooked medium rare. The meat flavour was intense with a delicious char-grilled quality. The chips were also outstanding, piping hot and very moreish.
For dessert, we had “Chocolate terrine with vanilla ice cream” @ £3.95 and “Pancakes with bananas and caramel sauce” @ £3.95. These were both simple and well made, and the perfect end to a very good meal.
I was truly impressed by the consistently high standard of cooking in all the dishes I tried, and by the quality of the ingredients used. The Pear Tree epithomizes what in my opinion great pub food should be –unfussy, delicious and affordable to all.
Likes: great food, cozy and intimate décor, good range of beers on tap, and wines by the glass. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of food being served. Friendly service.
Verdict: A real gem of a pub in Barons Court’s Margravine Road. Exceptional Aberdeen Angus beef burger. A must to anyone who lives or finds themselves in the area for excellent food, wine or beer at very affordable prices. Highly recommended.