It is hard to imagine that great British film of the late sixties The Italian Job without Michael Caine and the iconic Minis but there is a place of the same name where you will find neither, and you don’t have to blow the doors off to get in.

The Italian Job in Chiswick sounded like my kind of place so I trundled across from south of the river on the District Line to case the joint out. It is the first Italian craft beer pub in the UK and also has a menu to complement its choice of 12 rotating beers on tap ranging from street-food to hamburgers.

Jostling with a number of other foodie establishments in the smart setting of Devonshire Street, The Italian Job’s concept and design is a simple one. Exposed brick walls, industrial style fittings include copper pipes while bare wooden floors and tables sit comfortably with some funky lighting in the fairly compact bar and eating space.

Naturally the bar is the focal point and a splash of colour is added through attractive turquoise chequered tiles and there are comfy leather stools to sit and enjoy the eclectic range and styles of draught and bottled beers.

I quickly realised this was a cool place to be as I sipped my first beer, aptly named Extra Hop from the Como area, and sat back and listened to the excellent play-list of music which included legends of the late sixties and early seventies Simon and Garfunkel, Don McClean and Crosby, Stills and Nash to mention a few. And the good sounds were complimented by two starters of admirable quality.

Aubergine, Mint and Cheddar Arancini

Aubergine, Mint and Cheddar Arancini (£7.50) packed plenty of flavour and were perfectly cooked, while Courgettes Filled with Venison and Truffles (£8) were rustic and delivered an interesting balance of textures and taste.

We both went for burgers to follow and were not disappointed – here was a chef who knew his burgers and produced two melt-in-the-mouth beauties.

The beef was lean, perfectly seasoned and cooked medium rare with bags of flavour. Mine, aptly named The Italian Job came on lightly toasted ciabatta bread with lip smacking gorgonzola, red onion, speck and rocket (£10.50) and was the real job.

My partner Fiona’s indulgent Hop & Pork Burger was served in a bun with bacon, cheddar, red onion (£10.50) and came with a cracking IPA reduction to pour over a delicious combination. A side of excellent Crunchy Fries (£2.50) rounded things off nicely.


We sampled two more small beers with distinctive flavour with our mains - AFO and New Morning – all those on tap are served in either half, two thirds or pint measures and the average price for a pint is around the £5 mark.

Desserts looked tempting but it would have been rude not to have sampled another beer each (it was only a small one after all). My Verdi Imperial Stout had hints of coffee and chilli and Fiona’s Brett Peat – a sour ale brewed with peated malt- also offered a unique taste and experience.

The Italian Job is a fun to visit and the range of diverse beers – they also serve wines and spirits – are well worth experiencing, and I promise you will not be disappointed by the burgers.

The Italian Job , 13 Devonshire Road, Chiswick , W4 2EU - 020 8994 2852