This post was inspired by the fact that my ideal Sunday involves not leaving the house. Sunny day? I have windows. Hungry? There’s a well-stocked corner shop downstairs that stocks everything my heart desires – Doritos, hummus, Diet Coke. There are even meatballs in a can for those who have truly given up on life. But when a dear friend had his birthday at a pub in West London on a rainy Sunday, I put on my game face and not only left the house, but left North London. Dear God.
A quick check of the pub menu and I was pleasantly surprised to see ribs, chicken wings and pulled pork buns. We had a disastrous meal at a BBQ pop-up in a North London pub recently so I was reserving judgment. But I still diligently wore my most stretchy pants, because if I’ve learned one thing – sub-par food doesn’t stop me from eating until I feel sick. Bleh?
The first thing I laid eyes on were the chilli cheese fries. Not a common thing to find in the UK, these were slightly spicy, comforting and had the added bonus of both melted cheese and perfectly cooked french fries. Plus, the presentation can’t be faulted. It’s not easy to make beef mince, fries and cheese look like this – it’s usually a big ‘ol mess. Look how pretty!
HOT WINGS! Are these Canadian sports bar worthy? Would there be blue cheese dip? Yes and no. Nice and zingy but not so hot that it blows your head off, these were exactly what I wanted on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Definitely could have eaten more but there a lot of people I didn’t know around me and I desperately needed a bib.
A friend’s pulled pork bun looked impressive. I was assured it was delicious. I stared at it but didn’t sample. Low-carbing innit. LOL
I had only planned to nibble on a few wings this afternoon but I simply had to sample the mac & cheese. Surrounded by Australians and New Zealanders, by default I was the mac & cheese authority at the table. Hah! This was a solid 7/10. Creamy, al dente pasta with the right amount of cheesy flavour.
Since we were celebrating a birthday, it would be rude to not have dessert. This brownie sundae arrived looking smug and impressive. The perfect end to a blow-out meal, it’s obviously a super rich dessert but didn’t taste sickly if that makes sense! Would highly recommend this pub for a lazy weekend day – felt like I was back in Canada! It’s right across the street from Westbourne Park tube station and has both hot wings and mac & cheese!
What to order: Hot wings, chili cheese fries, brownie sundae
The Union Tavern 45 Woodfield Road W9 2BA www.union-tavern.co.uk