London House – part of the Gordon Ramsay Group – is a quintessential neighbourhood restaurant providing something for everyone whatever the time of the day. With its relaxed décor and relaxed but sophisticated vibe, we looked forward to sampling the dinner a la carte menu from the new head chef George Lyon at Battersea’s premiere dining destination.
The comfy lounge bar, complete with fireplace and slow slung tables laden with the morning papers, is open for light bites or just a casual drink. Wine lovers will welcome the innovative London House wine list that reads like a leisurely world tour, from Tenterden in Kent, through Europe and the Mediterranean, to the Americas and back via the Antipodes, and is particularly strong on lesser-known native grapes.
Cocktails such as the Vodka Vanilla Sour and Clementine Daiquiri sit alongside ciders and local ales on tap and by the bottle. For the health-conscious, there’s a range super-vitamin smoothies that blend vegetables and fruits in super-charged combinations whilst bar snacks that range from handmade venison scotch eggs to crispy-soft potato skins will keep hunger at bay.
Don’t miss ‘Wine Wednesdays’ when guest can enjoy wine at retail prices meaning you can pick up a Puglian Fiano Sauvignon Blanc at the unbelievable price of £7.50 per 750ml bottle. And with Thursdays the new Friday, beer lovers have reason to rejoice. ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ at London House means you can enjoy unlimited pints with a bar snack of choice for £15 from noon until 11pm.
Head Chef George Lyon’s versatile menu is packed with comforting British dishes. Check out our interview with George in the July 2016 edition of SLOAN! Magazine.
We were welcomed by Callum the man everyone should have on their speed dial (e-mail) to reserve your favourite table at this fantastic place. With much business being repeat customers and locals, could London House live up to it’s reputation? This question was swiftly answered as we settled down to a couple of expertly crafted cocktails from the friendly mixologist… a big YES! Who uses port in cocktails – London House does and wow does it taste yummy.
In case we were in any doubt about our decisive yes, and the food clearly had stiff competition with the cocktails being so delightful. Callum brought us some pre-dinner snacks to our table in the lounge including moreish beer battered fish goujons and tangy salt and vinegar popcorn. What a way to start an evening and so reasonably priced too.
We were led to our table by the window, and as we perused the menu, we continued to nibble… this time on some freshly baked sourdough bread…
For starters I chose the mussels – plump and juicy served with garlic butter with plenty more sourdough… this time charred… which added texture and crunch juxtaposed against the succulent seafood flavours…
My dining companion chose the crispy pig’s head croquette served with salad leaves and a beautifully cooked quail’s egg…
For the main course, I sampled the roasted skate wing served with courgette ribbons and basil puree…
My dining companion chose the roast lamb which arrived at the table looking pink and juicy…
Accompaniments include sides such as beef fat chips that were crispy on the outside and tender soft inside….
As our delicious meal came to an end, my dining companion decided to try the Gariguette strawberry and pistachio parfait for dessert… any fan of pistachios will be more than satisfied with this dish…
And for a romantic end of the meal, as recommended by George Lyon himself, we shared the doughnuts with lemon curd and white chocolate which were delicious and served with a lovely sauce for dipping.
The relaxed vibe of London House suits leisurely weekend get-togethers with friends and family. I have my eye on the garden area fantastic addition of a green egg that is going to be a scrumptious bbq favourite come summer. What is lovely about London House is it is great food served well with no pretention. We popped into the kitchen to see what goes on behind the scenes and had a fabulous chat with Aaron, the head chef for the evening. It was good to hear that although he is producing food at such a high standard that he can still appreciate the little things in life from a cheap and cheerful Wetherspoons to a cheeky Nandos yet demand the best produce in this kitchen. Was delighted to hear the mussels are sourced from the Wright Brothers no wonder they were so generous in size.
If my ramblings haven’t convinced you to pop down to this hidden gem, then perhaps I should also point out that every weekend from noon until 5pm on Saturday and 9pm on Sundays, there’s bottomless Prosecco for just £15 when ordering a brunch dish such as Eggs Benedict, Waldorf salad or grilled steak. Sunday lunch also sees a rotating selection of sharing roasts that might include a classic Beef Wellington, Dingley Dell pork rack or slow-cooked lamb shoulder, each served with piles of seasonal greens, roasted spuds and root vegetables with a generous splashing of jus for just £19.50 per head. Check the board for deals of the day including my favourite mussels and bubbles. For those special guests ask for the keyring…
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It just might get you 50% off at the start of your working week. You can even bring the pooch and there’s a bowl of dog biscuits on the house. Little ones are more than welcome with kids eat free every day of the week. With the kitchen open weekdays from noon and weekends from 10am, drop by for an early supper after school, lunchtime during the holidays or brunch with hearty junior dishes such as chicken and mash or pasta and parmesan.
7-9 Battersea Square, Battersea Village, London SW11 3RA
020 7592 8545