By all appearances The Black Dog in Vauxhall looks like any other pub, even inside it rocks a kind of shabby chic design with tables crammed just a little too tightly together but this is where the drawbacks end.

It is always a sign of a confident kitchen team when the kitchen is open plan, as you can combine a perfect opportunity to snoop on the cleanliness and preparation of your food with a pre-meal show. They should be confident as the food, although simple, is surprisingly good with fresh flavours coming through easily and as they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Cauliflower and Cheese soup is a great take on a classic English dish, and although scalding on arrival, was delicious when it cooled. There is nothing better in my mind than taking something healthy and deep-frying it so thumbs up for the Courgette Fritters starter spiced up with a sweet chilli sauce.

The mains feature dishes like ‘Ginger Pig’ Toulouse sausages with mash potato and Savoy cabbage, and Lemon sole served with beurre noisette and new potatoes. The staff throughout the night is friendly and helpful and the venue was buzzing all night, as for every customer that finished and left, a steady stream was headed in.

We ended the night with a delicious Pecan Pie with cream, and Brownie with the correct squidge factor required of a faultless brownie. The Black Dog is located a 5 minute walk from Vauxhall station and even has a garden, when (if) the sun shines you can also take-away any of the food and drink from the pub across the road to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens – not a made up name. Be aware the pub is only open on Saturdays for private bookings though!

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