1. A refreshed Lord Palmerston
Despite still being minus two degrees, with a chill factor that positively makes us want to scream, pubs across the manor are being refreshed and rebooted for the allegedly coming spring (next Friday, weather-watchers!)
So today we’ve battled the biting easterly wind, eyes watering, to gather a few for a Pinboard special. And yes, there is sadly news of one closure (click through to the end to find out).
But first up is always appealing hilltop Dartmouth Park watering hole the Lord Palmerston, which has been closed for six weeks for some sort-of needed surgery. It reopened on the Bank Holiday Monday and so we popped in for a good old snoop.
Can you guess where in the pub this picture was taken? Looks pretty different, right? And whilst we quite like its parlour feel, we were a little sad that the lovely conservatory, with its garden views, has been redeveloped as part of a bigger kitchen. Although presumably it’s intended to help the food reach the standards of Kentish Town sister pub Lion & Unicorn.
And if this shot looks a tad new-fangled, don’t fear as the main boozer area at the front is an improvement: a smart new corner entrance and more stripped-back feel, all vast leaded windows, natural light and the simplicity of a roaring fire (still very much being lit every day). The dining room at the back has the addition of a wood-burner and sofas, and upstairs is intended as a more formal restaurant.
We’ll report back on the new menu asap. Meanwhile, find the Lord Palmerston on our Nearby Map.
Next: Indoor Pub Picnics?