02 Dec 2016
Ever find yourself longing for the days when the holidays seemed to go on forever, Grange Hill was all over the TV and when penny sweets actually cost a penny? Find a nostalgic playground for adults of hot school dinners, classic Penguin books and skiving in the common room at the newly-reopened Fentiman Arms – a contemporary-cool pub with a retro vibe in the heart of Vauxhall, moments from the Oval. Additionally, just a ‘six’ away from the home of British cricket, The Fentiman Arms is a community pub that’s full of character and plays homage to its neighbouring sportsmen. The original pub features have been gently restored to expose period woodwork, contrasting with statement walls of the deepest blue, vintage cricket prints and reclaimed wooden classroom chairs. Bookshelves laden with classical literature, dictionaries and nostalgic toys play their part in immersing cricket fans, beer aficionados and neighbourhood foodies into the vibrant hideaway that is The Fentiman Arms.
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Spot the pickled eggs and legendary homemade sausages rolls up on the bar before sinking into a vibrantly patterned single chair by the fire with your nose in a book, or slip onto a bench for raucous chats with friends. Coming round for supper after work? Follow the illuminated sign, past the cricket posters and up the time-worn wooden stairs to The Refectory – a brand new dining room reminiscent of a schoolmaster’s study, with quirky harlequin wallpaper, zinc-topped tables and bookcase-lined walls. Settle down with a G&T from a menu dedicated to Mother’s Ruin and pots of retro sweeties. Hands up if you’re looking for something cosier? The Fentiman Arms has the answer. The Library Room at the back of the bar features nostalgic Penguin books wallpaper and gives easy access to the heated terrace and sheltered beer garden. Alternatively, the book and trinket-lined Study provides the perfect place to people watch.
SCHOOL SUPPERS AND DELICIOUS DINNERS You may be wondering where the old-school theme came from. The interiors are all inspired by the monthly- changing Back to School menu, featuring childhood favourites of bubble and squeak; liver, bacon and onions with jam roly poly to finish. Available at a set price of £20, Monday A Thursday, this is one school dinner not to be missed.
Those after a little more sophistication can tuck into The Fentiman Arms’ seasonal British menu; must-try mains of whiskey and maple glazed ham with fried duck egg, pineapple croquette and triple cooked chips; wild boar and sage sausages with smooth mash; or a garlicky chicken Kiev, all update classic British dishes with a distinct Geronimo twist.
But it’s not all about the brilliant British dishes. The Fentiman Arms burger, stacked with beautiful beef patties, oozing with cheese and sprinkled with crisp salad will stand up to every taste-test. And of course not forgetting the best bit – pudding! Ensure you eat all your greens then treat yourself to delicious desserts of poached plums with creamy rice pudding, or chocolate truffle cake with stout ice cream. Come the summer holidays, look out for the Fenti-Burger Bar popping up in the garden, just in time for the busy cricket season.
BRILLIANT BEERS AND GLORIOUS GINS
Fulfil that teenage dream by ordering a pint of beautiful beer A it’s like being 18 again! On tap, you’ll find Sharp’s Doom Bar, Meantime London Pale Ale (a Fentiman favourite) and Wimbledon Tower Pale Ale. From the fridge, look to craft brews from Five Points Brewing Co, Bethnal Brewery and Hawkes among others. Beer not your thing? Explore the pub’s extensive wine collection, divided by taste rather than region. You’ll always find the perfect bottle to match your palette. In celebration of London’s signature spirit, The Fentiman Arms has teamed up with FeverTree tonics to create a delectable gin pairing menu, including Brockman’s with ginger ale and blueberries; Little Bird with Mediterranean tonic and pink grapefruit; as well as Sipsmith sloe gin with lemon tonic.
FEELING FESTIVE? Book that all-important Christmas celebration at The Fentiman Arms with three private spaces to choose from, suitable for parties of 10A60 people. Indulge in three courses from The Fentiman Arms’ Christmas Feast Menu with friends, loved ones or colleagues in the bright and airy upstairs Refectory (£36pp), or keep things casual with champagne and nibbles in The Library or cocktails in The Study.
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