Historical version 3 of Flying Eagle, HA8 5QH
- Mollison Way, HA8 5QH
- restaurant open noon11pm TueSun, not sure about the pub.
No real ale (Strongbow was £2.55), but what they do have is a pretty decent Indian restaurant (run by Lahore Spice) which occupies the back portion of the pub. It's informal; the pub part blends seamlessly into the restaurant part, and indeed if you want drinks other than lassi then you go up to the bar to get them (at least, I did, and nobody told me off for it).
Kake visited on a Tuesday afternoon around 3pm; despite this slightly odd hour, there were a few locals in the pub chatting with the barmaid, and a couple having lunch in the restaurant. The place is reasonably big, but the space is broken up enough that it didn't feel echoingly empty. They have a beer garden out the back with a covered area, and a function room available for hire. There's a flatscreen in the restaurant area, which was showing cricket during my visit, but no background music, hurrah (this may be different when they're not showing sport).
I had the dal gosht (photo) (£5) with pilao rice (£1.70); the lamb was lovely and tender, the spices were distinct, and I'm sure there were at least two kinds of lentil involved. When I ordered I was asked if I wanted mild or medium; I chose the medium and it was just right. I expect they'd do hot on request. They even brought me paan at the end.
The menu is basically listed by ingredient karela gosht, bindi gosht, methi chicken, dal chicken, keema chana rather than using the more familiar curryhouse names. I'm leaning on the side of seeing this as a good sign, but since I only tried one dish I can't speak for whether the spicing and sauces vary between the different dishes. Pretty much all of the main dishes are priced between £4 and £7. They have a good selection of vegetarian options, one or two prawn dishes, and the rest is chicken or lamb. The food is halal, according to a sign above the kitchen.
Not worth a journey across London, given the lack of real ale, but definitely one to keep in mind if you're anywhere near.