“Modern European cooking opposite the common” - AA Inspector
LONDON SW17, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
Overlooking leafy Wandsworth Common, the discreet aubergine-coloured frontage of Bruce Poole's high-flying neighbourhood restaurant sits discreetly in a parade of shops. A beacon of top-notch culinary achievement since 1995, the place doesn’t need a celebrity chef, a social media storm or a glossy West End location to bring in the punters, preferring the unshouty approach of a white-walled dining room hung with tasteful art, furnished with linen-clad tables on herringbone parquet floors, and alive with the civilized hum of people revelling in splendid gastronomy. It's a setting that suits Poole's unfussy but highly classy cooking to perfection, the roots of the modern European menu deeply imbedded in France and the Mediterranean. Start with the visceral punch of sautéed duck hearts with pearl barley, roast new season garlic, smoked sausage and parsley, then move on to the indulgent sensuality of roast pork and trotter sausage with a peerless supporting cast of girolles, lardons, coco de Paimpol beans and salsa verde. To finish, there’s a cheeseboard humming with ripeness, or a chocoholic’s delight of warm chocolate pudding with praline parfait.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 75
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 10
- Wines under £30: 9
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 21
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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About The area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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