"A pub with great food, and great booze"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
The Colonel Fawcett has been open just over a month, but you wouldn’t know to look at it. There is a steady stream of punters arriving despite this being a Tuesday evening and that it’s hidden away from pub-infested Camden High Street. Formerly the Camden Arms, it’s been given a rejuvenating, country-chic facelift; there are powder blue walls covered in distressed wood and framed paintings, rustic-looking wooden furniture, a fireplace and leather sofas. There’s enough space to prevent eavesdropping between tables, as well as a beer garden at the back, benches at the front, and a second room upstairs that occasionally screens sports.
In fact the only thing that suggests The Colonel Fawcett is still in its infancy is that there are no starters on the menu, as their full à la carte selection is not quite ready yet. What is on offer is fantastic however; a creamy fish pie is packed with chunks of cod, leek and mussels and topped with a buttery flaky pastry, served with a large mound of mustardy mash. The Colonel Fawcett burger swaps typical beef for a pork and sage patty, pairing it with a sweet roasted apple and caramelised onions, with fat chips and a mild aioli - this mammoth platter is only £6.50. The lemon cheesecake and chocolate chestnut cake are of the same delectable standard, but don’t attempt to eat the latter unless you like your chocolate seriously rich.
But it’s not just the food that’s impressive, there is an unusually vast selection of gin that includes the ubiquitous Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire as well as other lesser known specialties produced in the UK. There are cocktails (plenty of gin-based ones as well as classic mojitos, martinis, etc.), real ales, and a more than decent wine list – there’s not a bottle of Ernest Gallo in sight.
It’s little wonder the kitchen delivers such good quality as the chefs are two young chaps formerly of Café Below, an all-day eatery in the City lauded by pretty much every London food critic. The Colonel Fawcett has managed to surpass many of its rivals in just five and a half weeks, thanks to putting the emphasis on great food, and great booze.
Leila reviewed The Colonel Fawcett on Tue 11 Oct 2011