I went to the Kenny two weeks ago and since then it has experienced a serious fire. I wish it well and look forward to a swift resumption of its restaurant business which is one of Bristol’s finest.
Review – The Kensington Arms
I’ve always loved The Kensington Arms! Time to reacquaint myself with this gem of a gastropub nestling in the heart of residential Redland.
As we entered I knew that I’d chosen the right place. So far, so good. The atmosphere was busy, buzzy and relaxed. Stylishly lively.
As for the menu, it was sophisticated and accessible with two vegetarian starters and two vegetarian mains. In the unlikely event of nothing taking your fancy on this menu you could also have chosen from the bar menu.
The starters were presented beautifully and apart from a fulsome ‘delicious’ here and a ‘so good’ there, the silence that accompanies appreciative enjoyment reigned (at least at our table for a while) while we ate them.
Again, these were ‘so good’.
I went for the spring chicken (after having ascertained that pied-de-bleu is a type of cheese). It was, again, ‘delicious’ – a wholly inadequate description for what the dish tasted like. Suffice to say, it had a depth and richness that demanded that I savour every mouthful. And I did.
My photos don’t do them justice. But believe me when I say that they looked beautiful and tasted divine (we each had a spoonful of one anothers).
It only seemed right to try the cheese too. I went for the ‘fourme d’Ambert’ , a French blue.
At the end of the evening I was so pleased. So pleased that we had gone to the Kensington Arms and tasted a bit of foodie heaven. And so pleased that I’d chosen the Kenny to represent all the boasts I’d made for Bristol!
But, sometimes I find fulsome praise food reviews not altogether helpful. I mean, when would the Kensington Arms not be ideal? And what could it do to be even better?
Not suitable for: I once took a friend to the Kensington Arms for her birthday. I chose it because of the food. I didn’t even take into account the fact that she is hard of hearing. The Kensington Arms is ‘buzzy’, ‘lively’. Noisy. And so not ideal for those who prefer a quiet meal out. When I’m looking for a place to go I like to know how appropriate it will be for the occasion and the people with whom I’m going. I love the Kenny but it’s not perfect for everyone. If you’re planning on taking someone who prefers a quiet meal out then this isn’t for you.
Could do better: the service was fine. But I’ve eaten out a lot recently and the friendliness of the waiting staff can make food that’s ok seem great, and render food that’s great a little bitter. For a place that does food as wonderful as the food at the Kenny it could up its service game a little and earn even greater plaudits. It deserves them.
The Kensington Arms FACTFILE
The Kensington Arms 35-37 Stanley Road Redland Bristol BS6 6NP tel: 0117 944 6444
For more information e-mail – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kitchen opening times: Monday to Friday: 12-3 / 6-10 Saturday: 10-3 / 6-10 Sunday 12-4 / 6-9
Bristol Good food award winners ‘Best Pub Food’ 2012, 2013 & 2014
Affectionately known as ‘The Kenny’