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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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Modern European cooking opposite the common

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Set in a parade of shops overlooking Wandsworth Common, the discreet aubergine-coloured frontage of Bruce Poole's high-flying neighbourhood restaurant has been 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 reveling 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, perhaps, with devilled lamb’s kidneys with crisp potato, roast shallots and red wine, then move on to the indulgent sensuality of pot-roast pig’s cheek with crisp boudin noir and pork fillet, the flavours all dialed up to 11 with celeriac, mustard and herbs. To finish, there’s a peerless cheeseboard, or sweet delights along the lines of buttermilk pudding with poached Yorkshire rhubarb, lemon and pistachios.

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(s): Bruce Poole, Matt Christmas

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 9
  • Wines over £30: 630
  • Wines by the glass: 21

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

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

Getting here

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Wandsworth Common, Balham
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