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222 South Ealing Road, London W5 4RL
“Welcome to The Ealing Park Tavern, hidden away in the South Ealing suburbs. The wood, brick and whitewash exterior, reminiscent of something from a Harry Potter movie, holds many a tale and now we are looking to put our own stamp in the gastro pub...” more...
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I went here on the weekend, while it’s fabulous to go for a drink with stunning interiors and plenty of seating areas, I feel like the food is a rip off.
We both tried the roast boar ravilioni and felt like to cost way too much for what we got, which was average. The side order of chips stole the show here (they were actually really tasty though!).
The service was great, but it’s let down by overpriced pretentious food that doesn’t live up to everything else in there…
Agree with above comments - Nice pub but food way overpriced. Had a pint of prawns which were tiny, and not really worth the effort of peeling. The Braised Rabbit with Bacon, Tomato, Chilli and Chestnut Papardelle was a small plate of pasta with tiny bits of rabbit in it, which was delicious, but not £11 worth of food. The way it is written made us think it would be a peice of rabbit with pasta on the side, not a pasta dish in itself. If the prices were reduced by about a third then this would be a regular haunt, but as it is, we just left feeling ripped off.
I hadn't been to the Antelope for food before, I like the lay out of the pub and they do serve drinks in there very well. However last night I discovered that is all they serve well. 6 of us went out to dinner there last night and 6 of us left disappointed and still hungry. Vastly over priced, late arriving, sides forgotten about and very small portions. It is such a shame, I love the atmosphere of the pub but it really needs to stop pretending to be something it isn't. better descriptions on the menu would have been good however if the descriptions actually matched what you were served no one would ever eat there. £6 for a salmon starter which comprised of 2 x wafers of smoked salmon and some grated salad plonked on top.....
I me a few friends at the Antelope before going on for a curry nearby, and it served us really well.
It's a big old pub that's obviously been done up recently to match it's gastropub food (stuffed animals on the wall, that kind of thing).
The bar had quite a lot of real ales on offer, and the staff were friendly and helpful. Definitely a good pub to head for if you're in the area.
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kim7, 10 July 2010:
This pub is no more or less than what it presents itself as - a fairly poncy gastropub. If you like that sort of thing you'll like The Antelope.
As an evening pub, it's got a nice atmosphere, a nice decor and a huge screen for sports events, as well as a pool table. It's definitely got a community feel and as a Tooting local it always ends up high on the list of likely haunts. The drinks are little above average, but there's a very good selection including Passoa passionfruit liqueur which a favourite of mine but is hard to find in most standard pubs! ;-)
The food is high end and pretentious, which isn't really my thing (I prefer good value) but is very tasty (in that posh banquet-fare gourmet way which is terribly unhealthy and kind of the reason you feel Henry VIII ended up so fat), so I won't criticise the artistry of the cooking.
It also sports a selection of board games which always makes me happy. It also hosts pub quizzes, comedy and occasional theme nights.
All in all it's large, comfortable, attractive and friendly, and if you don't mind paying a little extra for the higher end food and drink.
This pub is too vast to feel cosy but besides that is a good and convenient pub not far from Tooting Broadway station.. When I was there 3 good real ales were served with a smile.
If you want to watch the football…there is a back room that shows it, although you wouldn’t even know that it was on from the main bar (unless something happened to make everyone watching shout). This is perfect. Sport if you want it, but easily avoided if you do not. The décor is a bit mixed mind you. The room where the football was shown looked a lot like the posh dining room that lies between it and the main bar…but on the steps inside the dining room is a small comfy chair and table that is more like what you would expect to see in a retirement flat. This theme is also found in the front bar with the unusual contrast between the wallpaper and a number of wall mounted plates (Gran’s Kitchen!).
I was wondering about the name Antelope…as I don’t think you see many round Tooting Broadway, but apparently this kind of pub name can refer to various dukes, kings or ships. So that clears that up then! Used to be called Jack Beards
Oh dear - really really wanted to like this place. It's just been refurbed and offered gastro menu and decent beer. but it's alll a bit over ambitious - the sofas are so second hand you sink almost to floor level when you sit down, at the tables the legs don't match so they wobble just enough to slop your drinks.
Though not cheap the bar is good, as is the selection of beers on tap.
And then there is the food.
This place really really wants to be a gastropub. The snacks menu reads extremely well, like a clone of the finer tapas at Brindisa. Was seriously looking forward to my padron peppers with marcona almonds and thick cut chips with aioli - it was Saturday! When they arrived the chips were piled high in a bowl but the aioli had a forkful taken from the top like someone had already eaten from it, the top of it was set with a skin from hanging around too long - or being served twice!
And if that wasn't bad enough the peppers were burned, as in black, the oil was rancid, it smelt horrible. Despite the evidence I tried one - bleuuuugh. Got my OH to try one - still bleuuuuugh. So I took them back to the bar and explained they were too burnt to eat and that someone else had already sampled the mayonnaise and the guy took them away.
Then the manager came over, bearing the burnt peppers and told me that this was how they were meant to be served. When I explained that I cooked them myself at home and they weren't meant to be black he went away assuring me he would ask the chef to make another bowl but not so well cooked(!). Two minutes later he was back with the same bowl of chillies telling me the chef refused to cook them any other way.
When I said I really wouldn't eat them he offered me something else from the menu. Given the preceding, and not really wanting spit on a plate, I opted for a refund, finished my pint. And left.
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