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“If Carlsberg made gastropubs …’, fans of this backstreet Hammersmith hostelry near leafy St Peter’s Square say it would be just like this, with a ‘roaring fire, beautifuly-lit room, well-assembled wine list, and a menu which is driven by quality ingredients  (and also with a garden that’s perfect for a romantic summer evening: twinkling lights and lots of greenery) ”

Hardens 2020

 

“The Carpenter’s Arms, tucked away by the Thames near Hammersmith, is my idea of the perfect gastro pub.”

Lindsey Bareham The Times March 2019

 

ABOUT

Situated down a quiet side street, on the corner of elegant St Peter’s Square, The Carpenter’s Arms is an independent nineteenth century pub with a beautiful garden where the food is the star.

Our seasonally focused menu changes daily according to what’s in season – a soup, a terrine, a salad or two, simply cooked sustainable fish, rare breed British meats and some delicious puddings to finish with.  Simple dishes big flavours.

We are just as serious about good drink as we are about good food.  Our well stocked bar helps keep the relaxed and convivial spirit of a local boozer very much alive.

We operate a rotating list of guest real ales, as well as world wines from just under £20 a bottle.  We also serve the only cocktails worth filling the glass for – a negroni for lunch, a martini before dinner, an Old Fashioned when you need a stiff drink, a Margarita for when you want to pretend you’re on holiday and a Bloody Mary for the morning after.

HISTORY

St Peter’s Square was laid out during the economic boom in 1820 when George Scott built a speculative housing development on part of his Ravenscourt Park estate. The Carpenter’s Arms first opened its doors as a public house in 1871 owned by the Thomas Salt and Co Brewery.

In 1973 Chris Blackwell founded Island Records and opened their offices in St Peter’s Square. We like to think that many of their roster of musicians including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Aswad, Cat Stevens, Robert Palmer, Steve Winwood, Grace Jones and U2 would have enjoyed a lock in at the Carpenter’s Arms.

In the mid 90s the pub changed ownership and became Le St Pierre and then The Lazy Vine. In 2007 we bought the pub and returned it to its roots.

Shortly after we reopened The Carpenter’s Arms as a pub in 2007 the hard to satisfy AA Gill awarded us his maximum five stars. In 2015 the Carpenter’s Arms was awarded Best Local Restaurant Hammersmith by Time Out.

 

We are entirely independent from all other pubs in the UK.  Despite its many changes of ownership over the last century and a half, The Carpenter’s Arms still keeps to the traditions of St. Benedict – that true hospitality be provided to travellers and strangers. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

WINE

DA VERO Catarratto [organic]
Sicilia, Italy 2018
MASTRI VERNACOLI, Pinot Bianco
Trentino, Italy 2018
FELICETTE, Grenache Blanc [organic]
Languedoc, France 2018
SEPP MOSER, Grüner Veltliner [organic]
Kremstal, Austria 2018
VIRGO, Garganega [organic]
Veneto, Italy 2018
ALBARINO MAS QUE 2 Albarino, Treixadura, Loureiro
Rias Baixas, Spain 2017
GALLIAC BLANC Loin De L’Oeil [organic]
South West, France 201
POUILLY – FUME Bouchié – Chatellier
Saint Andelain, France 2016
CHABLIS 1st Cru Chardonnay [SWA silver award]
Burgundy, France 2015
MEURSAULT VALLET FRERES Gevrey-Chambertin
Burgundy, France 2015

19.75  //  5.5  //  4.3

25  //  7.5  //  6.5

27.5  //  8.5  //  7.5

31.5  //  9.5  //  8.5

32  //  9.75  //  7.95

32.5  //  10  //  8

35

45

55

67.5

DA VERO Nero D’avola [organic]
Sicilia, Italy 2018
PIEMONTE Barbera
Piemonte, Italy 2018
LES COTEAUX “CDR” Grenache, Syrah
Rhône, France 2016
THE CHARGE Tempranillo, Granacha
Rioja, Spain 2016
SHARPHAM ESTATE Pinot Noir
Devon, England 2018
MIL HISTORIAS Malbec [organic]
Manchuela, Spain 2017
CORBIÉRES ROUGE Syrah, Carignan, Granace [organic]
Languedoc, France 2017
LIRICA, Primitivo [organic]
Puglia, Italy 2016
‘VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO’ Corvina, Corvione, Rondinella [SWA Bronze Award]
Veneto, Italy 2016
POMMARD Pinot Noir [DWWA Bronze Award]
Burgundy, France 2016

 

19.75 // 5.5// 4.3

23.5 // 6.5 // 5.75

27.5 // 8.5// 7.5

30 // 9.5 // 8.5

32.5 // 10 // 8.5

35 // 9.75 // 8.95

35

42.5

47.5

55

Wherever possible we use ingredients ripe from the UK and all of our dishes are created in house – from the roasted nuts and freshly baked bread at the beginning of your meal to the chutney with the native cheese and fresh walnuts, the ice cream with your crumble or the tiny square of cherry brownie with your coffee at the end of your meal. If we can’t make it we don’t do it.

MIRABELLO ROSE Pinot Grigio, Pinot Nero
Lombardia, Italy 2018
LAFRAN-VEYROLLES “BANDOL” Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault [organic]
Provence, France 2017

22.5 // 6.5 // 5.5

40 // 11.5 // 9.5

Our menu changes daily

SOLARA ORANGE Blend [organic]
Timisului, Romania 2018

FABRIZIO VELLA CATARRATO Catarrato [organic]
Sicily, Italy 2018

28.5 // 7.5 // 5.75

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DURELLO SPUMANTE Durello
Veneto, Italy
OXNEY ORGANIC ESTATE, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Seyval Blanc
Sussex, England
GREMILLET, BRUT Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Champagne, France NV

28.5 // 6.5

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PRESS

“The Carpenter’s Arms serves a top notch daily changing menu in spectacularly cosy surroundings.”  

Evening Standard  January 2020 

 

“If Carlsberg made gastropubs …’, fans of this backstreet Hammersmith hostelry near leafy St Peter’s Square say it would be just like this, with a ‘roaring fire, beautifully-lit room, well-assembled wine list, and a menu which is driven by quality ingredients (and also with a garden that’s perfect for a romantic summer evening: twinkling lights and lots of greenery) ”

Hardens 2020

 

The Carpenter’s Arms, tucked away by the Thames near Hammersmith, is my idea of the perfect gastro pub.

Lindsey Bareham The Times March 2019

 

For those like me who prefer the good old atmospheric quirky gastropub days of yore, where excellent cooking was complemented by wonky chairs and presided over by an actual landlord, often with a tea towel over his shoulder, then there’s a properly loved local just 0.9 of a mile down the Chiswick High Road. And yes, the landlord is an old friend of mine (hi, Simon), but it was no less a gastro-ledge than Adrian Gill who gave the Carpenter’s Arms a five star review back in 2008. At £20, admittedly there’s an extra quid to pay for the Carpenter’s three course set lunch, but it is also pretty much Roma to The Crown’s Green Book

Kate Flett The Sunday Telegraph March 2019

 

What a great place. Fabulously light. Rather quirky. Fun and vibrant atmosphere. We got chatting to loads of other punters and had a right jolly old time. But the food is the star here (apart from Hugo the waiter who has a great look going on). This is fine cooking. I had a gnocchi thing and my mate had a venison thing. Then we had a pear and frangipani tart. Goodness me. All Absolutely delicious. I will definitely return, not just to support this independent, local establishment but because the standard of food compels it.

Trip Advisor March 2019

 

‘Good imaginative cooking at this relaxed well run corner dining pub, fine for just a drink too with plenty of wines by the glass and Adnams Bitter, friendly helpful staff and good mix of customers, simple bare-boards interior with open fire; dogs welcome, attractive garden, open all day’

Good Food Guide 2016

‘In these days of flock-wallpapered gastropubs, there’s much to be said for The Carpenter’s Arms’ pared-down, slightly frayed look. The well-heeled regulars (denizens of these smart west Hammersmith backwaters) seem to have a genuine affinity for the worn interiors, and are willing to overlook the limited beer selection. In return, they get a local that truly feels like a local, with affable hosts, a pleasant beer garden and a varied menu of Mediterranean-influenced food. Dinner could see pan-fried sardines with panzanella salad, or grilled squid with marinated peppers and cannellini bean salad, followed by game pie, or roasted pork belly with pinto beans and crispy trotters. Prices are moderate considering the area, and the wine list contains some pleasing choices.’

Square Meal 2016

‘Cosy gastropub with secluded courtyard garden. The pub has attracted very good independent reviews for its food eg serial entries in the Good Food Guide. Locals would be forgiven for keeping very quiet about this hidden gem.’

What Pub 2016

‘The Carpenter’s Arms became Le St Pierre, then The Lazy Vine and now it’s back to The Carpenter’s Arms again. This return to the original name is typical of the no-nonsense approach favoured by the owners who’ve made the most perfect gastropub conversion you can imagine, with a cosy wood and white paint dining room, a lovely courtyard garden, and a decent range of beers on tap. It’s the food that’s been the biggest hit, though: acerbic Times critic AA Gill gave it a glowing review and a rare five star rating.

London Town 2015

‘Taking over the mantle of best gastro pub in the area from the Anglesea Arms, this unpretentious local serves great seasonal British food in simple style, with a dozen wines by the glass. The fact it’s in such a quiet spot also adds to the appeal.’

secretlondon.com

‘A tucked-away Hammersmith location helps set up a “relaxed” atmosphere at this backstreet pub, praised for its “great value” cooking; cute garden too.’

Hardens

‘But for the tables outside, you might think that this was a shop. But a pub it is, and a popular one at that: head here on a Friday evening, and you’ll probably find ‘reserved’ signs hanging on most of the dozen or so tables that hug the edge of this intimate venue. A stripped-down menu of simple mixed drinks cuts nicely to the chase, but most stick to reliable wines or the beers, which might include Adnams on draft. As those ‘reserved’ signs make plain, food’s a big part of the appeal, and with reason: it’s both excellent and keenly priced. The staff who serve it are absolute darlings, genuinely delighted to see you.

Time Out – Winner Love London Awards Best Local 2015’

‘In 1994, the gastropub was a novelty, the pioneering Eagle not long open and its squadrons of imitators still to take off. Today, we are all so bored by its dominance that it takes one of unusual quality to warrant a review. And the Carpenter’s Arms is certainly that, serving outstanding food with unaffected charm rather than the brash self-regard of the Eagle or the franticness that makes ordering so much as a pint in the Anchor & Hope a test of will.’

Matthew Norman, Guardian 2009

‘Found on St Peters Square, a smart residential corner of London, The Carpenter’s Arms might look like any other backstreet boozer, but the food is far from ordinary. The Carpenter’s is turning out modern British food at its best. You can settle in to the light, airy interior decorated with eclectic artwork. Or, if the sun is shining, you can order the lot to be scoffed outside in the pub’s fabulous garden.’

The Guardian, June 2009

‘Cosy gastropub with secluded courtyard garden. The pub has attracted very good independent reviews for its food eg serial entries in the Good Food Guide. Locals would be forgiven for keeping very quiet about this hidden gem.’

What Pub

‘A lost pub … It’s a long plain room, with a bit of a courtyard out the back and doesn’t make any effort to be anything other than a down-on-its-luck back street boozer. … It’s not pretentious or weird, its not got a concept, it’s just bloody brilliant. I’ve eaten here twice; each time every dish has been faultless. … It comes without ta-ra, falderal or soliloquy. It’s honest, accomplished and confident, full of its own flavour, and as well made as a grandfather clock. … Simply and truly this is a kitchen that wholly succeeds in doing what it sets out to do, in a room that is gently hospitable, without assumption or pretension. It is as fine and joyous a lunch as you will find the length and breadth of Britain this week.’

AA Gill, The Sunday Times 2008

BOOK A TABLE

We are a relatively small (60 seater) pub with a large lovingly tended courtyard garden.

In accordance with government guidelines we now have fewer tables generously spaced out both inside the pub and in our garden.
We are able to seat groups of up to six people at one table.
The tables outside on the corner of Black Lion Lane and leading to St Peter’s Square are available for drinks only.

To book a table please call us on 020 8741 8386

Or use our booking form by clicking the button below

CONTACT

91 BLACK LION LANE, LONDON W6 9BG

020 8741 8386

info@carpentersarmsw6.co.uk

MONDAY

(CLOSED FOR LUNCH)

1700 – 2300

 

TUESDAY – FRIDAY

1200 – 2300

(LUNCH MENU AVAILABLE 1200 – 1500

DINNER MENU AVAILABLE 1800 – 2200)

 

 

SATURDAY

1200 – 2300

(KITCHEN OPEN 1200 – 2200)

SUNDAY

1200 – 2300

(KITCHEN OPEN 1200 – 1800)

 

BANK HOLIDAYS

1200 – 2230
(Kitchen closes at 2130)

BAR SNACKS AND PUDDING AVAILABLE IN BETWEEN

FAMILY BOOKINGS AND PRIVATE EVENTS

We offer a set menu for groups of eight or more (max 12) and ask for orders and a deposit of £10 a person 24 hrs in advance.

If you would like to bring a cake to the restaurant for a special occasion, which you would like served in place of a dessert we charge £5 per person. We are of course delighted to discuss making a cake for your special event and our reservations staff can give you more information on this when you call.

For private events please use our booking request form or contact the restaurant on 020 8741 8386.

EXCLUSIVE HIRE

In November our garden goes under cover to become a beautiful Winter Garden (heated) and is available for private hire. A magical rustic setting in which to celebrate the festive season with friends – mulled wine, simple but delicious food, a private bar and a roaring fire pit – our garden can accommodate anything from 25 – 150 guests.

Very occasionally The Carpenter’s Arms can also be booked for exclusive dining experiences for either lunch or dinner and at weekends.  We’ve happily hosted wedding receptions, private parties, and other gatherings and events.

Our pub can accommodate a maximum of 60 guests seated and 120 guests standing. The seasonal menu changes daily and can be tailored to perfectly suit your function- whether its a casual buffet style affair with a whole suckling pig as the centrepiece, a canapé based reception or a sit down lunch or dinner.

From April through to September the combined bar and garden allows greater flexibility for pre and post dinner drinks and  for the bar area to become a dance floor.  (Our courtyard garden can cater for an additional 80 diners seated or 150 standing)

Surrounded by herbs and the heady scent of jasmine our beautiful garden is perfect for al fresco lunches in the summer, pre dinner drinks and even dining under the stars in the warmer months.

For all events enquiries, please call Heitor on
 020 8741 8386 or email info@carpentersarmsw6.co.uk

COVID 19

SAFEGUARDING

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to The Carpenter’s Arms.  We have taken every possible step to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our guests and our team.  We have reduced the number of tables inside and are serving a smaller number of tables outside  in our lovely garden. 

Enhanced cleaning has been implemented in all public areas, including frequent disinfection of high touch areas.  Hand sanitiser is provided at the entrance to the pub and to the garden as well as in the loos.  We encourage you to use these liberally both on arrival and when you leave.  

All menus are single use – please feel free to take them with you as a keepsake.

Please note we no longer accept cash. 

NEW OPENING TIMES 

We now have a reduced number of tables – to avoid disappointment we encourage you to please book in advance.  We are accepting reservations for up to 6 people at one table.

Please note our new opening times:

During the week, the kitchen is open for lunch from 12 – 3pm and for dinner from 6pm – 10pm  (apart from Mondays when we are open from 5pm for dinner only).

Saturdays from 12 – 10pm and on Sundays from 12pm – 7pm.

We are staggering reservations to ensure enough time is allowed for thorough cleaning between sittings.  You will have your table for two hours so please arrive promptly!

Cocktails and drinks will be served at the tables on the pavement outside every evening from 5pm (weather permitting).

FAQS & TERMS

  • All our meat is organic and comes from small independent farmers.
  • All our fish is sustainable, fresh-off-boat, landed daily by the fishing fleet in Mersea, and our vegetables are supplied by Natoora.
  • We adhere to the principles of Slow Food and are members of the Sustainable Restaurant Association
  • We have a small roof top herb garden where we grow our own herbs.
  • Our wine list is largely biodynamic and comes from small independent growers who respect the grapes and the land.  All corks are donated to Recorked who resell or supply free corks to charities and schools for use in craft projects.  For every cork collected a percentage of profit goes to charity.
  • Our bottled water is from the South Downs and our coffee is roasted at Edgcumbes in West Sussex.
  • We operate a zero waste policy.  Our rubbish is collected by First Mile.
  • Bookings should be made preferably four weeks in advance to secure a table.
  • We can take bookings for our tables outside, however if the weather turns, we may not be able to seat you inside.
  • We cannot take your booking without payment of the required deposit.
  • Booking deposits are non refundable.
  • Service is charged for at 12.5% and will be added to your bill.
  • We accept bookings of up to six people at generously spaced tables in our garden and inside.  (We have reduced the number of tables inside and outside in line with current guidance).
  • The dining room and courtyard garden can be hired for special events, corporate bookings or location hire. Please contact us for further details
  • Well-behaved dogs are welcome
  • We welcome children but they must remain seated at your table and as we are operating under extremely limited capacity we will charge full price for all children.  We cannot accommodate buggies and we have a limited number of high chairs.
  • Vegetarians have a good choice of non meat dishes.  We can also cater for vegans.
  • We no longer accept cash.  We accept all credit cards except American Express.
  • We welcome and can accommodate wheelchair users. However, we are an old building and so are not allowed to alter our building in order to provide a disabled toilet
  • There is meter parking on Black Lion Lane and in St Peter’s Square.  Parking is free at weekends

 

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