While the Strand on the Green pubs are full to bursting when the sun comes out, a lesser known riverside pub, with lovely views and plenty of space, is One Over the Ait, tucked away in the shadow of Kew Bridge, on the Brentford side. Recently refurbished and offering a fantastic Club Card deal – 15% off Monday to Wednesday and 10% off Thursday to Sunday on all food and drink – it’s a great place to while away a couple of hours. They also have space for large gatherings.
We had lunch there to taste the summer menu. I’m not normally a fan of cold soup, but their Watermelon Gazpacho was delicious – a definite improvement on the standard tomato / cucumber / peppers and garlic variety. My lunch partner enjoyed her Salt and Pepper Squid and Fried Artichokes. They have a good choice of Vegetarian and Vegan dishes. I have enjoyed the Vegan Chilli with Basmati rice and guacamole before, but this time we both chose fish: Cornish Orchards Cider Steamed Mussels with triple cooked chips and Baked Whole Seabass with cockle butter sauce, both light and tasty seasonal specials from a menu which changes every week. Other dishes offered on the Main menu included South Coast Rump of Lamb, Pan Fried Mackerel and a Grilled Veal Chop.
Puddings include all the old crowd pleasers: Bakewell Tart with raspberries and vanilla ice cream, Paul’s Chocolate Brownie with salted caramel ice cream, Banoffee cheesecake with salted caramel ice cream, Eton Mess with fresh strawberrires, Sticky Toffee Pudding with Fuller’s vanilla ice cream and a selection of British cheeses served with quince jelly, celery and apples.
Not up for a full meal at lunch time? They also serve a range of sandwiches with chips, and my lunch partner was very approving of the Bloody Mary (“it’s always disappointing when all you can taste is the tomato juice. This is a good one!”)
One Over the Ait is at 8 Kew Bridge Rd, Brentford TW8 0FJ