The weather this February has been pretty miserable, so if you're looking for a restaurant to hide away from the cold and enjoy a satisfying meal, a grill boasting affordable comfort food seems like the perfect antidote to Winter blues.

Arens Bar and Grill formally opened in September 2015, after two years of life as a nightclub, which first opened in 2013.

Richard Arens, the restaurant's owner, said: "So far, the restaurant has been a fantastic success, it's been a nice smooth transition... It's worked out really well."

The restaurant offers a wide range of European-style food, steaks and burgers, as well as cocktails and drinks.

As a committed vegetarian, grill-style restaurants can be a chore for me, but Arens Bar and Grill actually presented a huge amount of choice, with thought clearly put into the veggie options as well as the delicious-sounding steaks and meats.

The dessert menu looked so good I wanted to save most of my appetite for something sweet, so I skipped a starter and went straight for the Pasta Giardino (£9.95) main course, a selection of grilled Spanish vegetables in a tomato and basil sauce, with lashings of fresh Parmesan cheese.

The pasta came in a very generous portion size - so generous in fact that I couldn't finish my bowl - and was the perfect filling meal after a long, and very chilly, day.

Pasta Giardino

I'm definitely a red wine person, and considering many people are of the mindset that red complements meat better than vegetables, the wine I chose - Torre Cerere Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - Italy (£4.50 for a medium glass) - went beautifully with the pasta, which had a flavoursome and deep taste.

For dessert, I had the Arens Tarte Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream (£5.95), a completely delicious apple tarte tatin with fresh strawberries and ice cream.

Apple tarts are my absolute favourite, and this sweet-tangy dessert with thick vanilla ice cream was a great way to finish the meal.

Choices like "Rich Chocolate Fudge Cake Parcel" and "Baked Cheesecake" also sounded incredible, so if you're visiting with a friend or partner, the desserts are cheap enough that you could order a few and share them all!

Arens Tarte Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream

Overall, I found the food to be completely delicious, with generous portions and a comfort-food style, and the atmosphere to be relaxing and sophisticated, with mellow jazz filling the restaurant room.

The way the bar and restaurant is laid-out - with separate eating and drinking areas - means that whether you fancy getting tipsy with your friends, or having a quiet meal with your family, you can indulge yourself in a fabulous and comfortable atmosphere.

The only downside is that Arens Bar and Grill is a little off the beaten track for those living outside of the area, but for Harrow and Hillingdon residents, this cosy bar and restaurant is a brilliant local.

Arens Bar and Grill

Mr Arens said: "It's part of the plan to branch out - not necessarily Arens Bar and Grill, but maybe Arens Sports Bar or Arens Coffee and Dessert Lounge. I want Arens to be a brand that is associated with affordable luxury.

"There are a number of bars that have opened at a similar time to Arens, but we're completely separate and we're going strong as a bar and grill."

Getwestlondon gives Arens Bar and Grill four stars out of five.


Food: *****

Value: ****

Atmosphere: ****

Service: ****

Overall: ****

Essential Info

Address and contact details: Arens Bar and Grill, Joel Street, Pinner, HA5 2PR - 020 8868 3092

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 5pm to 12am, Sunday: 12pm to 10pm

Total price of a meal and wine for one: £20.40

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