Fish and chips are one of the things that I’ve missed most since going gluten free. Finding somewhere in London which does GF batter (and is near my house) has been pretty impossible…until now! A few weeks ago, we were on the hunt for somewhere to go for lunch and decided to check out the menu at the Duke on the Green. It’s a pub in Parsons Green, which we’ve been to a few times for drinks, but never for food. As soon as I saw that they had GF fish and chips on the menu, it was a must.
Luckily we booked a table as it was a Chelsea game day, and it did get pretty busy. We hadn’t been in the restaurant part of the pub before, but it was really cute and felt quite warm and homely. It has an open kitchen, which made it feel a bit more like a gastro pub rather than your usual pub kitchen.
Obviously I opted for the GF fish and chips with mushy peas (as shown in the main pic), whilst the boy went for the lamb rump (which doesn’t appear to be on the menu anymore). The fish and chips were so tasty, it was a massive portion! I’m not used to eating so many carbs and not any vegetables, so I did struggle with it slightly – but if I was ever craving fish and chips, I would definitely come here again. The fish was well cooked and the batter wasn’t too oily, which whilst some people like that with their fish and chips, I can’t stand it!
The lamb rump was extremely well cooked and was very well seasoned. The one criticism would be the portion size, luckily the boy had ordered some fries to go on the side.
Despite all of the carbs, I had a definite craving for dessert. I had hoped that the chocolate brownie on the menu would be gluten free (it says on the online menu that it is), but when I asked, I was told that it wasn’t. So typical that the one time that I actually wanted a brownie for dessert, was the one time that it wasn’t the GF option! It turned out that all that I could have was the ice cream, so I went for the salted caramel and strawberry flavours. The ice cream was really creamy and delicious…it just wasn’t what I fancied. The boy opted for the sticky toffee pudding, it looked amazing! I used to love sticky toffee pudding and I was so jealous that I wasn’t able to have any.
Despite being so busy, the service was really good and attentive. Despite it being a match day, the restaurant side of the pub didn’t feel like it was full of football fans, you could definitely tell the difference in the atmosphere between the restaurant and the pub.
All in all, next time I’m fancying fish and chips, I know where we’ll be heading!