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The Hampton Pub, Twickenham

The Hampton Pub, Hampton

Set on the outskirts of Twickenham, The Hampton Pub had undergone an extensive refurbishment since its day as one of South East England's worst performing pubs - The Court Jester.  Now it is much improved, and this is largely due to Hampton's new Manager and Head Chef Geo Bassani Lima. Geo has over-seen a significant increase in sales during his tenure and what better way to let the folk know by inviting Richmond Borough's most awesome, best, friendly, model-esque Food Blogger along.... I'm kidding, I'm kidding.... I of course cover Twickenham Borough as well. haha.

The Hampton Pub, Gourmet Night
Geo got in touch and suggested the chic geek and I come for a night that showcases some of his food with an evening of music and dance (dancing optional), Hampton Pub's very own gourmet evening. The pub itself is off the beaten track but is quite easy to get to - public transport is almost directly outside, and its an easy Uber ride from Twickenham. The gourmet night is great for groups, there were a few on the night we were there, and is also intimate enough for couples. 

Trio of Canapes - The Hampton Pub
We started the evening off with a few glasses of prosecco before being presented with a trio of canapes.  Mushrooms in puff pastry, Pork Belly and a Fish Ball. I do like pastry a lot so I enjoyed the mushrooms very much, the fish maybe not so much. The pork belly was nicely cooked with a sound crunch on the skin.

Scottish Scallops on Sweet Corn Puree, The Hampton Pub
As mentioned earlier, the whole meal sitting is complimented with live music. The band performing on the night were outstanding. A mix of rat pack, crooner styled melodies with a twist on some more modern tunes - their rendition of Justin Timberlake's 'Suit and Tie' was excellent. This kept the music 'alive' (there's only so much 'Girl of Ipanema' one can tolerate each summer), that and the incredible vocals of the lead singer.

Rump of Lamb starter, The Hampton Pub
After a while our starters came out, scallops and lamb. I was very impressed with the cooking, the quality of the produce and the hearty nature of the lamb dish. The scallops sat on a sweet corn puree with bacon bits. The lamb was a generous starter portion, seasoned well, and served pink with a sweet mash. 

Smoked Norwegian Cod with Grilled Prawns, The Hampton Pub
Following the starter was more music, then our mains of venison with dauphinoise potato and smoked cod, with grilled prawns arrived. The venison was again seasoned nicely, excellent quality which is no surprise considering it is sourced from The Balmoral Estate in Scotland. I would have loved to have seen more of the blueberry jus it was served with, but it was lovely all the same. 

Popular night for wine, dining and dance - The Hampton Pub
The stand-out in the fish dish was actually the grilled prawns, they were utterly delectable. Plenty of smoky-ness in the cod and a plump serving to match.Throughout the evening the service was pleasant, very attentive and I could see staff interacting nicely with all of the patrons.  

Scottish Venison from Balmoral Estate, The Hampton Pub
We finished off the evening with a delicious fig tart and a round of British cheeses, complete with a glass of port. This entire evening complete with music,food, a glass of prosecco and excellent service was a mere 30 pounds per head, considering the quality of the food and a nights entertainment to boot, it is excellent value. The wine options are equally good value as well. Overall the team at the Hampton Pub put together a cracker night serving excellent food for all folk. I would recommend if you plan on booking that you do soon as already their next night is filling up. 

Fig Tart, Selection of British Cheeses with Port, The Hampton Pub

Head Chef & Manager Geo, The Hampton Pub


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