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There is something humble, comforting and very English about fish and chips, and when a gaff gets a write up like Baileys, which is tucked away in a Fulham backstreet, it has to be worth a visit. There is the added bonus that brings a smile to every wine merchants face, free BYO. So armed with a few bottles we headed to this little gem of a place on the Dawes Road. It is tiny, modern and spotlessly clean, with the most friendly staff I think I’ve ever encountered, a very warm welcome.

Everything is cooked to order, none of those haggard looking souls sitting under the heater that were battered the previous week. The chips are beautiful, as were the sides of mushy peas and fried cods roe, even the pickled egg seemed inviting..there is so much you can say about this haute cuisine but in short, it was very good!

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Wine wise, there was Jim Clendenen’s entry level Chardonnay, the ‘Wild Boy’ 2012. A freaky label that somewhat detracts to how good the juice is inside. Pure, fresh, rich Santa Barbara fruit that was spot on, a balance worthy of the Cote de Beaune. Next up was Clos Floridene 2012, an oaky little number from Denis Dubourdieu down in Graves;  unctuous and intense and hit home why we should all drink more white Bordeaux. The final bottle which accompanied the superb pineapple fritter (yes, just to ingest some more batter) was a Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon, a Coop special that delivered exactly what is says on the label, and harked back to the phrase ‘Cat’s Pee on a Gooseberry Bush’.

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Thirsting for a glass of red and in need of a walk, the Harwood Arms seemed like a sound option. If you have never been for dinner, you should, but the wonderful thing about the Harwood is that is remains a pub, just with a very fine wine list. A delicious bottle of Cuvee 91 from Les Clos Perdus down in the Languedoc was the end to a great evening – earthy, leathery, mineral and vibrant. This 2011 was singing and I will be buying some, an estate to check out!

Pete Goss