My dining cravings seem to be leaning towards British food and I’ve been enjoying the heart-warming meals that Britain’s traditional foods have to offer. Pub food is my all time favourite comfort food and what better way to celebrate a grey afternoon than a trip to a pub serving pies and other delights.
Chimes fit the bill perfectly and with a 50% off the food bill taste card offer, there was no stopping us.
The restaurant is located between Pimlico and Victoria and if you’re not familiar with the area, it’s easy to become lost amongst the grand buildings. It’s certainly a lovely area to be strolling along on an afternoon, regardless of the grey sky.
Chimes has a strange interior and wasn’t what I expected with odd furnishings scattered throughout. I was also antipicating a traditional English pub environment with a comforting, homely-feel but was disappointed to find Chimes was more of a gastro-pub, with dining seats surrounding most of the floor rather than comfy booth tables I’ve come to know and love.
Anyone that knows me, knows how much of a meat lover I am and after seeing poacher’s pie on the menu containing pheasant, venison, wild boar and rabbit all served with bacon, orange and port, it was too mouth-watering to resist.
The pastry on the pocher’s pie, was golden and flaky but that’s where the positives end. On looking at the menu and with all the delicious meats added, I would have expected a thicker stew-like texture after being slow-cooked, creating a beautiful sauce. Unfortunately, the sauce was watery, all the meat was fatty, stringy and tough and not at all what I would have wanted in a pie. It was a real shame to see so many beautiful animals wasted. The port and orange notes listed on the menu, were also undetectable. The Pie also came with a side of vegetables including carrots, red cabbage and new potatoes but all lacked seasoning.
After looking forward to a great British pie, I was left disappointed and unsatisfied. Considering the pie was £15.50 without the discount, I would have been an unhappy diner if I’d paid full price for my meal. Chimes matched up to its expensive London location but not to its country’s traditions.
– Chimes, Pimlico