Sally Abé has worked at The Savoy and Claridge’s with Gordon Ramsay, at The Ledbury with Brett Graham and Elystan Street with Phil Howard, but it is at Graham’s Michelin-starred Fulham gastropub The Harwood Arms that her star quality is really starting to shine.
Abé joined the kitchen of the gastropub in February 2017 and has ensured that it has retained the Michelin star the pub first won in 2010 (at the time of writing it is still remarkably the only pub in London to hold that accolade). Not only that, now at the helm of a kitchen she has flourished, with the food at The Harwood Arms arguably the best it has ever been.
Abé’s love of cooking game has proven to be the perfect fit for the game-focused pub, with dishes on her current menu including venison scotch eggs and faggots and roast Muntjac deer, but she has also helped drive The Harwood Arms forward in the making of its own charcuterie and using fruit, vegetables and herbs grown in its rooftop garden in her dishes.
Earlier in 2019 The Harwood Arms celebrated its 10th anniversary, with Abé joining forces with three other of The Harwood Arms’ former head chefs to create a special menu. In the hands of Abé the pub is likely to have much more to celebrate in the future.
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