I had been warned that The Idle Hour in Barnes would be tricky to find, so when I arrived only one wrong turn later I was feeling fairly chuffed. Often described as London’s best secret pub its tucked between a row of cute houses on a pedestrianised street. The appearance of the Idle Hour is every bit that of a friendly, cosy, local pub complete with cat! The pubs name is reflected in the numerous varying sized clocks which adorn the walls and I’m already looking forward to returning in mid winter to enjoy the warmth of the open fire.
The food well surpasses what you would expect from your average local, I suspect the Idle Hour doesn’t do average. I’d been told about the award winning burgers but the menu went well beyond the humble burger. For starter I opted for scallops with crispy pancetta, an amazing combination and superbly presented. The northern one went for chicken leg and black pudding terrine which came with crusty bread and home-made piccalilli. Having been tempted in by the promise of an award winning burger we couldn’t go for anything but for mains, despite temptations from both the pasta of the day and fish of the day. The choice was no disappointment, a big juicy patty with a side of delicious skin on fries, it couldn’t be faulted. The only down side was that after two magnificent courses there was no room for desert, although I’m sure the waistline would have been relieved.
If your not local to Barnes, don’t let that put you off. The Idle Hour would be a perfect post-walk lunch spot and with it’s close proximity to the River and Common’s there’s a perfect weekend itinerary for you! If you are a local I expect you to be on first name terms with the staff by the end of the month.
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