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Reviews

“You couldn’t ask for a better local; this Battersea boozer serves consistently superior food genuinely gastro and pub! - in a charming and energetic setting”

HARDEN'S LONDON RESTAURANTS

“The spacious, straightforward bar at this big Victorian local has bare boards, mismatched table and chairs, two narrow pillars supporting the dark red ceiling, photographs on the walls, and big windows overlooking the street (the view partially obscured by colourful window boxes). There are fresh flowers and daily papers on the bar, and a view of the kitchen behind. Two rooms lead off, one more cosy with its red leatherette sofas. The varied piped music fits in rather well. It can fill quickly with customers in for the good Mediterranean food, though it’s still very much the kind of place where locals happily come to drink. Fuller’s London Pride, Harvey’s and a guest such as Deauchars IPA are on handpump and the carefully chosen wine list (which includes over a dozen by the glass) is written out on a blackboard; TV. The garden has big parasols and heathers for winter; more reports please.”

THE GOOD PUB GUIDE

Pretty hanging baskets filled with geraniums give this overhauled Victorian watering hole a well-maintained look, & TLC turns out to be more than just skin deep. There are three ales on tap at the big, dominant bar, but the bottles of wine & Champagne that have pride of place on the shelves behind tell you where its drinking heart really lies. Designed in time-honoured gastropub style, its scrubbed tables & mismatched chairs are sparsely occupied at lunchtime but full to bursting come the evening. Waves of colourful dishes emanate from the open kitchen, so expect to eat well – but casually – from a menu with strong Mediterranean overtones; think Pugliese bruschetta al pomodoro, squid stuffed with rice & chorizo, penne with sausage ragù, wild rabbit with porcini & other sunny favourites. Generous helpings normally render puds unnecessary – although you’ll not be missing much.

SQUAREMEAL

"This is one of those archetypal Victorian corner pubs that London still has in abundance but from the moment you step through the door you'll feel like one of the locals. Its style is simple: with bare wooden floors, an assortment of furniture, walled garden, extensive patio planting and a covered and heated seating area. Regulars here head for the good selection of real ales and an international wine list; the menu suggests 'Wine of the Moment' with tasting notes, and Alex of the week. Fresh ingredients are delivered daily from the London markets, enabling the Mediterranean-style menu and specials to change accordingly; all prepared in the open-to-view kitchen. So, you might start with saffron potato soup or squid and chorizo with prawns. Follow with roast spatchcock chicken with Parma ham; spinach and roast garlic risotto; rib-eye steak, roast potatoes and salsa verde; or pan roasted salmon. A traditional British lunch is served on Sundays.

THE AA PUB GUIDE 2015