So there’s a new seafood restaurant in town?
That’s right – Faber is a new spot in Hammersmith focusing on sustainably sourced seafood. The folk behind it are Matt Ward and Anthony Pender who also run the seafood-focused pub The Victoria in Mile End. They’re joined here by executive chef Ollie Bass who is ex- Quo Vadis and Sessions Arts House.
Where is it exactly?
You’ll find it just minutes away from Hammersmith tube station (it used to be pizza restaurant Villagio) on Hammersmith Road.
What’s the space like?
The corner site means it’s got plenty of light making it a great spot for lunches (there’s a worker’s lunch deal during the week for £15). At night it’s a buzzing space with plenty of room for larger groups too.
Is it just seafood on the menu?
While fish and shellfish are definitely the focus here, there are alternatives if you fancy meat or vegetarian options. The key thing is that all the produce is sourced from ethical suppliers, mostly from coastal areas. So the bread is from Cornish-based Coombeshead Farm, the tomatoes are from the Isle of Wight – you get the picture.
In addition to the menu that you’ll find online, there’s a blackboard with all the daily specials up on it – which on our visit was mostly based on the catch of the day but also included a veal ragu option.
Here’s what we had to give you an idea of what to expect:
Anything else we need to know?
Yes. Get the chips because they are fabulous.
Room for desserts?
You’re going to need to save room because, out of left field, this seafood restaurant turns out to be serving up one of London’s best tarts. We ordered the honey tart below fully expecting it to have been supplied by another London bakery but this slice of joy is made in-house.
What about the drinks list?
The wine list starts with a wholly British section, before being split into coastal and inland European options. Our Sicilian Grill (£38) was delicious and there were plenty under the £40 mark to choose from.
Word is already out about how good Faber is and although our servers were stretched on the night by a packed dining room, they coped admirably with the demands. With plans to roll out the concept in other parts of London, you can only hope that your neighbourhood is next.
More about Faber
Where is it? 206 Hammersmith Road, London W6 7DH
Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @faberrestaurants
Hot Dinners dined as guests of Faber. Prices correct at time of publication.
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