The Tommy Tucker: Some of My Favourite Things
The affable chaps behind South West London's best Champagne bolthole Amuse Bouche have only gone and opened a pub in Fulham called The Tommy Tucker. Even if you lived on the other side of town, it could damn well feel like your local because there's always a friendly face to welcome you and good vibes on tap.
If you know the area, specifically Waterford Road, you might remember an old boozer called The Pelican; tired, run down and usually rammed on match days with the offcuts from the Butcher's Hook. The site was given some serious TLC, to the point that it's virtually unrecognisable, and it's all bifold windows and shabby chic tables now. Whether it's George's barrel-aged gin or Head Chef Thomas Hope's epic Sunday lunches, today there is a genuine love behind every little detail of the operation, and this makes me very happy.
The Tommy Tucker is the chameleon of pubs; it fits the bill for lunch with family, after work drinks, dinner with friends, and even a cheeky night cap on your way home. You might think such a one-size-fits-all place lacks character, but the reality is anything but. This post is a bit different to usual because I've had so many fabulous times at this place, so I'm going to share some of my favourite things about it via the regular Very Kerri feature below.
Five Very Kerri things about The Tommy Tucker
- It's easy to get carried away with the latest food trend like cauliflower every which way and forget about flavour. Head Chef Thomas Hope gives a nod to trends, but most importantly, he dishes up seasonal plates all of which max out on flavour.
- Every Wine List should be a joy to peruse, and the Tommy Tucker's is just this. I've tried wines here I wouldn't have otherwise tasted, like the Cabernet Franc from California, and I've loved them.
- The whole offering is refreshingly good Value For Money, which is always a reason to keep going back.
- The vibes are because of the Genuinely Charming People who make you feel at home.
- Why have dessert when you can have a Salted Caramel Espresso Martini? Exactly, no reason. I recommend this little settler with rum rather than vodka, just because.
If you're already a fan of Amuse Bouche and Claude's Kitchen upstairs, you will love the Tommy Tucker. If you've not yet been to any of them, you need to hit up all three ASAP.