The Duke of Kent has now reopened and first impressions are very good indeed. A lot of imagination has gone into the use of space within the building – a new ‘function area’ has been created where the toilets used to be, the loos having been relocated downstairs – and, especially, the fixtures and fittings which include a wine-glass chandelier (“take a bit of cleaning, that!” observed one of the PCA preview party). It’s still the pub we know and love but there’s an increased emphasis on food, with the raised area at the back now given over exclusively to diners.
The new ‘a la carte’ menu went down extremely well with your previewers and it’s hard to shake the idea that perhaps manager Del Brindle is aiming for the gastropub of Ealing title held for many years by the Ealing Park Tavern on the Brentford borders. If it’s something simpler you’re after there’s a more modest bar menu, but whatever you have, make room for dessert. Under its ‘Pitshanger Puds’ scheme the pub is donating 10p to PCA funds for every pudding sold, so forget the diet and the guilt: it’s Sticky Toffee Puddings all round!
Body & Sole have also recently refurbished and rebranded their shop as a ‘Day Spa’ and welcome everyone to try their new and exclusive natural skincare products and spa signature treatments from ‘Caudalie’, the top anti-ageing product range in French pharmacies. More details here.
Newcomers ‘Heavenly Hair’ will have some special promotions on offer at Light up the Lane. They’ll be giving away goody bags and free hair consultations to celebrate their first Christmas on the Lane and are “looking forward to meeting the local community”.
Probably fair to say that most people would want an independent life at home rather than go into residential care in their old age. Capital Home Care, run by local residents Mark and Cecily Mathias, has opened inside the Pitshanger Osteopathic Practice and can offer the help needed to make independence possible. Call 3397 7272 or look at their website.
Hurry to catch your Christmas ham from Harrisons. They are offering “Whole Spanish Cured Ham Shoulders at exceptional prices”, much much lower than Waitrose. The hams, which make spectacular centre pieces and will easily feed 40-50 people at a buffet, will be delivered directly from Spain and each one comes with a wooden carving stand and Jamonera carving knife. Details here.
Finally, congratulations to Lisa and Milan Barbaric of Lisa’s Restaurant who are celebrating 21 years of feeding the people of Pitshanger.