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AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Supremely accomplished cooking in a neighbourhood stalwart

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Bruce Poole has been an influential presence on the London restaurant scene over the last 20 years, branching out with The Glasshouse in Kew and La Trompette in Chiswick, and even finding the time to write a signature cookbook. The Wandsworth mothership shows a studied disregard for the whims of fashion: a purple frontage opens into a white-walled room hung with tasteful art and furnished with linen-clad tables on herringbone parquet floors, and staff demonstrate unflappable aplomb. The setting suits Poole's unfussy but highly classy cooking to perfection, and the menu is rooted in the sunny flavours of southern France and the wider Mediterranean. Foie gras and chicken liver parfait is a typically forthright opener, or there may be cod brandade with mussel Kievs, monk's beard, basil oil and garlic. Ingredients all taste supremely of themselves, as in a main course of Shetland salmon with crème fraîche, brown shrimps, samphire, pickled cucumber and sorrel, or you might stick with the heritage cookbook for a serving of côte de boeuf with chips and béarnaise. To finish, pedigree chocolate forms the backbone of a hot pudding, served with praline parfait. Otherwise, bow out on a savoury note with an array of immaculately ripened cheeses from the board.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 24–26 December and 1 January
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef: Bruce Poole, Matt Christmas

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 750
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: 35
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 75
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • Off-site parking available: On street, station car park

Additional information

  • Seats: 75
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16

Getting here

Nearest train station

Wandsworth Common, Balham
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