HAVING just moved in down the road and quickly scouting out my local over a refreshing pint between unpacking boxes, I was pleasantly surprised to find the Old Parrs Head, in Hammersmith, which from the outside looks like a splendid, mahogany-clad English pub, also served Thai food.
And fortunately my interest paid off a few weeks later.
When we entered, naturally we headed straight for the bar and ordered a pint, a dark ale for my partner and half a Hoegaarden for myself, before heading over to the table where a Thai waitress with flowers in her hair quickly appeared with menus.
Behind her four Thai chefs pottering about, spied through the glass panes of the kitchen which extended from the bar into the dining area.
It's a bold statement to have your kitchen open to your diners' ever-watchful gaze but the juxtaposition of cultures worked for me.
Feeling hungry we ordered the £9 sharer starter which was a selection of six nibbles for two for the same price as two starters - bargain.
The chicken satay skewers were light and creamy rather than crisp and nutty, but excellent nonetheless, while the vegetable spring rolls, battered prawns and prawn toast were lightly fried without the spoonfuls of grease which too often spoil oriental starters.
For the main my partner chose a Gang Pha beef curry with sticky rice for only £7. It came with a spice warning from the waitress, and hot it was, which pleased the spice-lover next to me but was more like soup than a thick curry.
I opted for the Phad Ma Kham special at £12 which came with the most succulent slices of roasted duck I've ever had, thinly coated in a sugary Thai tamarind sauce with coconut rice on the side.
Now, I do not usually go for coconut - Bountys are always the ones left at the bottom of my Heroes tin - but the rice was beautiful, just enough coconut to make it creamy and flagrant without overdoing it. And the presentation was impeccable, it even came with a garnish of carrots shaped into stars and hearts.
While the the loud chorus of Rihanna calling me to the dancefloor in the bar may have upset the serene service of our waitress and the exotic flavours, all in all it was an enjoyable evening and an interesting menu choice for such a quintessential pub.
Fortunately for us the football wasn't on that night.