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Reviewed 25 March 2015. The heart of Wigginton village.
Popular for food and Real Ale. Also has B&B rooms.
A pleasant restaurant serving good and interesting food. Our evening meal chosen off the Table d'Hote menu with a bottle of wine came to £30/head.
The staff were all charming.
There was no piped music and we were able to talk and hear easily.
The restaurant is at the back of the Kingslodge hotel situated in a quiet backstreet of Durham away from the city centre. It's well worth the walk.
La Poule au Pot has been offering (fairly) French cuisine in a very Gallic atmosphere for over 50 years. During that time the area around it - Chelsea - has changed hugely, but thankfully La Poule au Pot has not. It is still on Mozart Square, at the junction of Pimlico Road and Ebury Street, in London SW1.
Underground: Sloane Square
(5 mins ) or Victoria (10 mins)
231 Ebury Street
London SW1W 8UT
Reservations: 020 7730 776 http://www.pouleaupot.co.uk/index.htm
One of London's most venerable restaurants, La Poule au Pot has hardly changed in 50 years. The atmosphere is still very Gallic - more so even than the cuisine - and very romantic. Minimalism has yet to manifest its bleak presence inside. Outside, Chelsea has seen the bohemians depart and the billionaires arrive, a depressing change reflected inevitably a bit in the prices. At lunch time, however, the fixed price menu is still good value. The pleasant house wine comes in huge unmarked bottles and the waiter makes a very rough guess as to how much you have drunk.
Reviewed 16 March 2015. Near Fulham Broadway station.
A Lloyds No. 1 bar in the Wetherspoon chain. Piped music in the evenings.
Reviewed 14 March 2015. Near Great Missenden station and Roald Dahl museum .
Popular for meals
Reviewed 14 March 2015.
Chiltern country pub. Hot-air balloon departure point in season.
Reviewed 14 March 2015.
Chiltern hotel with a good choice of local cask ales in the bar.
Reviewed 3 March 2015. Near Kingston station.
A Wetherspoon pub with all the usual stuff.
Surveyed 15 January 2015. Near both Hammersmith stations.
A Lloyds No 1 bar in the Wetherspoon group so piped music comes on in the evening.
Near Romford Station. Reviewed 8 January 2015.
A Lloyds No. 1 Bar in the Wetherspoon group so the music comes on in the evening.