The Alfred Tennyson, Belgravia

There is nothing better at Christmas time than a good old-fashioned roast… a fact that the Alfred Tennyson pub in Belgravia is more than aware of.

In September 2017, the Alfred Tennyson public house reopened following an extensive refurbishment. This elegant pub can now host over four floors, so there is a space for every occasion. Part of the Cubitt House group, and formerly known as The Pantechnicon, this pub aims to make guests feel like they are returning from a long countryside walk, despite its convenient location in the heart of Belgravia.

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The Alfred Tennyson is open every day over the festive season so you can visit for Christmas day feasting, Boxing Day relaxing or New Year celebrating. Their special set menus will ensure you feel suitably decadent – highlights include Scottish Scallops with truffle dressing, Castlemead turkey with Brussels tops & cranberry jus and Christmas pudding with whiskey ice cream.

The Alfred Tennyson

I visited the pub earlier this week to try head chef Leigh Hartnett’s food. The main menu showcases the best seasonal British produce, offering hearty dishes with a creative twist. Whether you want to graze on small plates or indulge with a steak, this menu caters for all.

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We skipped starters and chose a selection of dishes to share for main course. Castlemead chicken was cooked perfectly, lovely tender meat with an irresistibly crispy skin. It was served with salt-baked celeriac, violet artichokes and almond jus. Chestnut gnocchi was a surprisingly sweet dish, appetising mouthfuls of pasta with a silky smooth celeriac puree, kale, roasted quince and a sage butter. For a lighter dish, opt for the Charred chicory with caramelised onion tart, poached pear and chestnut dressing. The plate showcased a selection of winter ingredients in an inventive way.

The sides were also extremely tasty… fries with truffle and parmesan disappeared within minutes, and the steamed broccoli complemented the chicken very nicely.

The Alfred Tennyson

The desserts are classic sweet treats from Sticky Toffee Pudding to Baked Lemon Cheesecake. We chose to share the Bramley apple pie which came with a high recommendation from our waiter. The pie arrived at the table piping hot and smelling divine. The pudding was comforting and tasty, big chunks of soft caramelised apple were paired with sweet caramelised chestnuts and spicy cinnamon parfait.

This homely, welcoming pub really does offer the best of British with its food, service and atmosphere. I can’t think of a more cosy place to enjoy a festive meal this Christmas.

More information and book a table at The Alfred Tennyson here.

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