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OLIVE’S BEST BOOZY LUNCHES IN APRIL
The Cadogan Arms We’re loving all the action on the King's Road at the moment, particularly hip Japanese Kurobuta, Tommi's Burger Joint and now The Cadogan Arms. New chef Sam Hawkes is doing very good things including stonking bar snacks: how does a black pudding Scotch egg with HP sauce (£4.50) or chips with aioli (£4) grab you? In the separate dining room, things are a little more sophisticated but no less satisfying. Tempura cauliflower, turmeric cured florets, kale and chilli pesto (£7.50 ) is our pick of the starters and light enough to leave room for roast ibérico pork shoulder, almond purée, pickled plums and pork jus (£19.50) - not, you'll agree, your average pub fodder. Sam worked at The Bull & Last in Highgate, famed for its inventive ice-cream, and at The Cadogan Arms the thyme with burnt honey is the highlight. Staff are genuine, warm and smart – lasting impressions were rosy, thanks perhaps to the popcorn infused bourbon digestif they recommended… (£7.50). 298 King's Road, London, SW3 5UG White Rabbit Dalston is famous for its cheap, cheerful (but very hip) dirty burger and pizza-by-the-slice joints, so it’s great to find some proper grown-up cooking at White Rabbit just off the main high street. Chef Danny Cheetham cooks a daily-changing menu of designed-to-share snacking, small and large plates with influences ranging from modern British and Mediterranean, to North African and Asian. Snack on duck confit-stuffed and deep-fried pierogi dumplings or cured salmon bhajis (£3 each), or share one of the larger plates – we recommend the meat feast that is the 50 day aged beef short rib with onion caramel and salsify (£18.50). The cocktail list is small but equally inventive. Try a Boulevartif (Campari, Bulliet, vermouth, rhubarb bitters and cranberry) £9. 15-16 Bradbury Street, London, N16 8JN Jones & Son Jones & Sons is a perfect neighbourhood restaurant; it’s comfortable with good food, charming service and a cocktail list that is fashionably old fashioned, £7 for a Mint Julep and £7.50 for a French 75 (gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and Champagne). The owners have made good use of this space (the building is an ex-theatre and ex-textiles factory) by dropping a cute little house containing the kitchen into the space and running 5.2 meters of marble bar along one wall (most of the beer is London brewed, including Meantime, Kernel and Beavertown Brews). Starters include mackerel, rhubarb, capers and watercress, (£8) and robust devilled chicken livers & hearts on toast (£7.50). For mains try the pollack chop with shrimp and caper butter (£17.50), or the butcher's steak (£14.50). Pudding include a sticky toffee pudding (£6.50), but you could have another cocktail instead. We did. 23-27 Arcola Street, London, E8 2DJ