In November 2015 getwestlondon reported how the Ealing Park Tavern had been included in Michelin's Eating Out in Pubs Guide 2016.

It's a testament to its popularity that the article was well-read and generated much discussion on social media.

The gastropub, in South Ealing Road, Ealing, made the acclaimed guide less than a year after opening on December 5 2014, by impressing mystery reviewers.

getwestlondon reviewed Ealing Park Tavern at the start of 2015 and was particularly impressed , but with its inclusion in Michelin's guide, a return was necessary to assess if it warranted such fanfare.

Ealing Park Tavern interior

Walking from South Ealing station in temperatures of only two degrees meant that entering the pub to warm, crackling fires was the first thing I noticed.

After walking into the bar area, you're soon taken into the restaurant area which greets you with exceptional attention to detail.

I sat next to a gorgeous fireplace keeping me warm, with accommodating service and the view of chandeliers, red leather and antlers on the wall, cultivating as good a definition of "cosy" that any gastropub would find hard to match.

There are no corners cut here and even the toilets, where the loo-roll holder seems luxurious, is given attention with deft design.

That might sound trivial, but as a critic who once dined in a restaurant with no toilet at all and one which can only be described as a small cupboard, I know effort when I see it.


For starters me and my friend, Darren, opted for the Maple and porter glazed whole Norfolk quail, offal toast and shallots for £11 and Dorset crab salad, beramot, radishes and bitter leaves for £11.

Though neither are a bargain at a price that doesn't look out of place on most main menu's, if your budget is sizeable I'd recommend these dishes.

The quail was delicious, but the maple and porter glaze it came with offers a sublime flavour that I'd even suggest using a tea spoon to sample some on its own - it's that good.

Meanwhile the crab salad, though not offering quite the same punch for its price, is a nice touch for those seeking a lighter option.


For our mains I chose the Scottish venison haunch, bitter chocolate, Brussel's sprouts and sweet potato puree (£24) and Darren chose the Shetland Isle mussels, white wine, chorizo, saffron sauce and French fries (£17.50).

Cut into nine small fillets around one and a half square inches each, the venison is crisp on its outer edges but blushes with pink colour in its centre.

When the meat sat on my tongue, accompanied by the puree, I found the flavours so strong and tender I would, and it's not often I say this, argue that it's worth its £24 price tag. My favorite meal of the night.

The mussels, too, were particularly generous and came in a huge pot seemingly fit for two rather than one. Good job, then, considering the fish was excellent.


To top off the evening I chose the Sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch and crème fraîche (£6) and Darren chose the Bramley apple and cinnamon trifle (£6).

For the toffee pudding you're given the warm butterscotch in a separate sauce boat, adding a luxury touch when you pour it on to a generous portion of desert - a real treat.

But the Bramley apple trifle, though sweet, I felt was too small for its price which was somewhat surprising considering the generous portion of the toffee pudding.

The verdict

If your vision of gastropubs is limited to nacho's and beef burgers with chips, I'd suggest you think again.

Ealing Park Tavern are hugely methodical in food preparation, holding team briefings every day and always looking to improve - backed up, for example, by how their manager invited a coffee barrista in for training.

Though its menu is tailored for people with deep pockets - our bill came to £113.63 including drinks and service charge - each pound spent is returned honestly and admirably through hard work and attention to detail.

getwestlondon gives the Ealing Park Tavern the full five stars out of five.