PUBLISHED: 15:04 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2010
by Alex the ale man Finding a great pub is like panning for gold after a prospector has just ravished the land. Tales of great fortune fall back into legend as one site after another gives little more than gold dust and yet the promise
by Alex the ale man
Finding a great pub is like panning for gold after a prospector has just ravished the land.
Tales of great fortune fall back into legend as one site after another gives little more than gold dust and yet the promise of fortune keeps you going.
So it is for drinkers in Hammersmith.
Pubspy has been to the area a number of times since these columns began and almost each and every time a deflated and depressed body waddles home sober.
The Dove in Upper Mall, Hammersmith, is a wonderful reminder of what a real pub is and the shot in the arm the area needed.
Tucked away on the north bank of the Thames there is no better place to drink with friends on a summer's day.
Just to the left of it is a small green, not owned by the pub, where people lie in the sun and waste time.
Although small The Dove does not suffer from a cramped feeling as there is an extended outside which punters clearly love.
Even when the weather is not so good there is never less than a cozy vibe and friendly atmosphere.
Beer is good and reasonably priced and the Guinness is poured well.
A neat selection of wines will placate the female pallet and all are served with a smile, good nature and friendly banter.
The beauty of having such a small pub means that the toilets are never far away which can be a godsend when Pubspy hits the cider.
Although close-by and small, as would be expected, toilets are clean and well maintained.
One of the main gripes of modern day beering is the endless poncey rubbish on the menu. There is a time and a place for that and its not in a boozer.
The Dove seems to understand this and offers good, solid pub grub all at standard prices.
For those looking to escape London for a while, The Dove is the perfect place.
You can sit there watching the world go by and you feel miles away from the madness of London.
Rating - Barrel of beer.