It is an age since I visited Tudor Barn in Eltham, and I’d forgotten how utterly charming it is, with it’s heavy studded iron door, dark-stained wooden ceiling beams, huge fireplace and the wonky, warped passageway that leads to the ladies’ loos.
The 16th century Tudor barn, the only one of its kind in London, is a popular wedding venue, but it’s also shaping itself up as a great local pub and restaurant, thanks to a recent makeover.
That lovely character remains, but the bar area has grown to accommodate more locals who have called in for a pint or a bite to eat from the gastropub-style bar menu. The furnishings are stylish and relaxed, dominated by a high-backed silver banquet, paired with a sage-green banquet and Eames-esque dining chairs in padded brown leather.
Things were a little quiet on a Monday evening in January, so we were seated in the bar rather than the restaurant area, where things were a little more convivial. But we still dined from the restaurant menu. Cheeky.
We started with the smoked Applewood and ham hock croquettes served with toffee apples and a delectable twice-baked cheese soufflé that was light as air in the middle with a crispy top, served with curly endives and ruby chard in hazelnut vinaigrette and maple-roasted baby onions.
The 16th century Tudor barn, the only one of its kind in London, is a popular wedding venue, but it’s also shaping itself up as a great local pub and restaurant, thanks to a recent makeover
Next, he had the 8oz chargrilled rib-eye steak that was beautifully cooked and perfectly seasoned – really very good – served with triple-cooked chunky chips that dip very well into the peppercorn sauce.
I opted for a roasted loin of cod, served on a butterbean, chorizo and cherry tomato stew and topped with crispy pancetta. The cod was lovely, the chorizo plump and juicy and the pancetta crispy, but I pushed most of my butterbeans and cherry tomatoes to the side as it all started to feel a little heavy.
Perhaps the lighter options are reserved for the spring menu, but if it’s hearty winter food you want, I hear the chargrilled lamb chop is excellent, and they also serve a chateaubriand to share… Next time!
£50 for two, excluding drinks
A perfect pub/restaurant with oodles of period character
What to eat…
The steak, although they do a very popular Sunday roast
What to know…
The Tudor BarN also serves an unlimited afternoon tea
Well Hall Road SE9 6SZ; tudorbarneltham.com
The Tudor Barn is hosting a special Valentine’s Day dinner with live music and a three-course meal with smoked salmon blini canapés on arrival. Sittings start from 6pm and 8.30pm on 14 February 2017 and the meal costs £70 for two. Click here for full details and to book