Twice As Nice Comedy – Earls Court Life
If you’re feeling a little fed up with February then why not shake off the dust with a good old fashioned laugh at The Finborough Arms in Earls Court?
Twice as Nice Comedy continues its run putting on further comedy nights in the Comedy Cellar, with a mixture of big name T.V. and up-and-coming comedians.Thursday 19 February – Nick Revell, Peter White, Trodd en Bratt, Sy Thomas and Sam Deards (MC)
Thursday 19 March – Pat Cahill, Sofie Hagen, Henry Von Stifle, Katie Lane and Sam Deards (MC)
Thursday 16 April – Alfie Brown, Sarah Bennetto, Saskia Preston, Sam Deards and Bobby Freeman (MC)
Twitter: @twicenicecomedy @FinboroughArms Doors: 7.30pm
What’s On Offer
The Finborough Arms serve a rotating range of beers and ciders from independent producers and hold true to their motto above the door – GREAT BEER.
The appropriately-named wine merchant Andy Muscat of New Generation Wines is a great friend of the pub and supplies them with a fantastic list of Old and New World wines of which they’re very proud.
There are eight hand pumps serving traditional cask ales and scrumpy ciders. Current favourite local breweries include Portobello, Windsor & Eton and Twickenham and a recent fave, Moncada. They also source ale from much further afield. They always serve at least one dark beer. Real ciders come from Somerset and are driven directly from the farms who produce them.
Imported keg beers include the mighty Lagunitas IPA from California and König Pilsner and Kostrizer Black Lager from Germany. Also on offer British beers on keg from progressive local brewers such as Fourpure of Bermondsey.
Right next door is Firezza who make some of the best wood fire pizzas in London. Their extensive menu is available to Finborough customers. They handle everything and serve you delicious pizza at your table. Perfect with a pint!
Ping Pong and Pizza
Earls Court is serving up pizza by the slice and ping pong by the game. One of the latest crazes to rock New York City has bounced across the pond and landed squarely (or roundly) in our neighbourhood.
Table tennis, once a simple, nerdy side show for the ‘not-quite-sporty’ was transformed a few Olympics back by Asian speed demons in tiny shorts. Now, having long grown tired of being recognised as a genuine sport, ping pong is revived for the desperately hip. With bars and clubs popping up all over the shop proving that there is a clear market for ranked beer pong, it’s no wonder that a line forms around the block each Friday when Ping opens its doors.
But don’t just settle for the weekend, why not stop by for a Tournament Tuesday. Entry is free and there’s a £100 gift voucher for the lucky winner.
If you haven’t quite got your top spin perfected you can always get yourself a haircut at the eponymous Deano’s Barber Shop, located downstairs and cropping men’s barnetts from Monday-Wednesday 6-11pm.
If you’re like me and prefer a less pressured experience (the last time I played ping pong I hit myself in the face with my paddle) then just grab a stool, a beer and a pizza and take in the show.Ping 180-184 Earl’s Court Rd, Earls Court, SW5 9QG
020 7370 5358 Mon-Wed 6-11pm Thurs-Sat 6-2am Closed Sunday
Best Italian – La Pappardella – Earls Court
Throw a rock and you’re bound to hit an Italian restaurant in London.
The same goes for Earls Court – there is a plethora to choose from – but there aren’t many I would proudly recommend to a hungry Italian.
La Papardella is one of the very few that make the grade, and right on my doorstep, what a treat! Unassuming and friendly from the get go, there is rarely an evening when you won’t find this eatery buzzing with clientele all tucking into some of the most delicious Italian fare this side of Puerta Banus, which is where founders Lucia and Tony set up their second sister restaurant.
The service is great; you are welcomed like an old friend and always offered a gratis shot of Limoncello to round off your meal. And what a meal you’ll have! A varied menu offers traditional starters; Bresaola e Rucola, Garlic and Tomato Pizza Bread, Bruschetta, Caprese – all fantastic. Pasta and Pizza range from regulars to downright daring – try the Spagetthi Neri All’Aragosta, a home made black ink squid pasta with diced whole lobster, bisque, garlic and fresh chili.
The Mascalzone is the right choice for anyone who can’t quite make up their mind, divided into two tasting pockets each containing an explosion of flavours and toppings.
A bit carbed out? Try Spigola All’Acqua Pazza, Fresh Butterfly Sea Bass, Mussells and Clams cooked in olive oil, garlic, white wine, chili and oregano, served with spinach. Bellisimo! A single espresso and a slice of Mamma’s Tiramisu leave little else to long for. Well, maybe a trip to Puerta Banus…La Pappardella 253 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, SW5 9HP (020)-7373-7777 12 Noon to 12 Midnight