I am proud to admit, there is nothing that I enjoy more than a good gin and tonic, (pop in a cucumber slice and you’ll make my week), which is why I knew I was in for a good night when I headed to The Four Thieves pub in Battersea. The newly opened haunt, which is quickly becoming renound for its many combinations of gin and fresh ale, houses its own brewery and in the near future, will be extending this to create its own fresh gin. It is safe to say I had strong expectations before I arrived and am happy to report these were well and truly surpassed. And yes, the blackcurrant gin I was greeted with after braving the rain to get there, definitely got the evening off to a great start.
To understand what the pub is all about head to the gin garden outside where you will find an eclectic mix of cosy tables suited and booted with restored furniture. After speaking to Sam, our waiter, we learnt the owner had a whole phone list of contacts that supply the furniture to decorate the place adding a unique feel to the site. And as we explored the venue further, it was obvious that the Four Thieves was more than just a pub. With a private snug and music hall upstairs, it more like a museum, and it is easy to see how one quick drink can turn into a whole evening. Speaking of the music hall, which is every Strictly Come Dancing fan's dream, it will be interesting to see what they do with the space. I vote for organised caleigh's!
The pub has a mixed menu combining pub classics such as haddock and chips with Asian, pan-European dishes. To start I went for the Pork Loin with Pan Fried Squid. The pork had just the right amount of crackling and combined with the squid made for a delicious combination. Move over Surf and Turf there is a new kid in town who is set to get you quaking in your boots. My friend chose the aubergine parmagiana, which appeared to fill the spot for her. Although scrummy, both starters were rather large and I was very relieved when the waitress Emma asked if we would like a break before serving our mains. It was greatly needed and much appreciated.
After sipping on some more G&Ts, this time with a tinge of Earl Grey our mains arrived. I went for duck breast with kale on a bed of mash potato, with a red wine jus whilst my guest had the Spicy Chicken Burger. Both were beautifully presented and never one to turn away food, I was looking forward to sampling both. Whilst there was nothing particularly wrong with the duck, I would have preferred it slightly more tender- it was just a little too chewy for me to handle. Despite this, the mash potato (so simple, yet so easy to get wrong) was perfect, with no lumps in site and combined with the sauce was a culinary delight. After trying to decide the best way to tackle the burger, my friend had no complaints and suggested us coming back for 2-for-1 burgers next Monday.
It was a Tuesday night which meant comedy time in the Piano Room. Despite missing the beginning, the comedy made for a great dessert, rounding off an already impressive evening. However, I could not leave before trying out the special beers that they had on offer and after eyeing up the on-site brewery situated behind Willy Wonka style glass windows all evening, I had to try. Now, I will admit I am not a huge beer drinker, and whilst the ale wasn't exactly to my liking, I did enjoy the lager. Who knows, with rumours of beer masterclasses, I could be a hop connoiseur by the end of the year.
With entertainment on offer every night, the Four Thieves is for anyone looking to kick back and relax with friends somewhere a little bit different. And with over 260 gin and tonics options available to try, it might just become one of my favourites…