There’s more to Wandsworth than cheap council tax, the best tip and recycling centre in London and Gordon Ramsay’s house; there’s also London’s ‘coolest neighbourhood’ (as voted by Lonely Planet), Thameside dining and Michelin Stars.
At a time when ‘eating local’ is all the rage, we thought we’d look to our own corner of London, and suggest where’s good to eat out in leafy West London, welcome to Wandsworth.
Chez Bruce suggests an cozy-familiarity that the verging-on-austere interior stuggles to live up to, but for Wandsworth dwellers the Common-side restaurant is part of the furniture and the eponymous Bruce feels like family, even if nobody has a clue who he is.
Founded in 1995 by Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole (there you go), the unfussy Michelin Star restaurant remains the beating heart of the South West London dining scene.
Where: 2 Bellevue Road, Wandsworth, SW17 7EG
A newcomer, but one tipped for great things, is London Stock. Nestled amid the reincarnation of the old Ram Brewery, the slick contemporary surroundings are matched by a British-fine-dining-meets-Asian menu under Head Chef Nico Fitzgerald.
Noted for its tasting menu, London Stock exponentially raises Wandsworth’s dining game.
WHERE: 2 BUBBLING WELL SQUARE, RAM QUARTER, WANDSWORTH SW18 1UQ
Bao down to the king of Tooting. Taiwanese bao joint Daddy Bao brings its hot daddy buns to the coolest neighbourhood in London.
According to none other authority than Lonely Planet, the South West London Northern Line outpost on the edge of Wandsworth is the coolest place on the planet. Let that sink in while you head to Daddy Bao and order crispy Taiwanese fried chicken with a sweet and spicy sauce all washed down with a Lychee Daiquiri.
Where: 113 Mitcham Road, Tooting, SW17 9PE
This restaurant’s name seems to change more often than the menu, cycling through Bellevue Rendezvous, Bellevue Restaurant and currently settled on Gazette Trinity. Nevertheless, it remains a firm favourite and despite the name above the door the quality is undiminished and nor’s the experience.
Housed in what feels like someone’s greenhouse or garden shed (though think smart shed. Like the one that David Cameron works in), Gazette Trinity exudes French vibes from the moment you walk in. The cooking is always spot on, the steaks are great and the intimate restaurant, so close to great competition really does hold its own.
Where: 218 Trinity Road, Wandsworth, SW17 7HP
Pizza served by a Victorian waiter under the watchful gaze of some dubious taxidermy? Sign me up.
First and foremost a quirky themed cocktail bar just up from Clapham Junction, Powderkeg is great for a pizza, courtesy of Joe Public, plus there’s burgers and brunching galore.
Nothing fancy, just good fun.
Where: 147 St John’s Hill, Clapham, SW11 1TQ
If Wandsworth Common is the smartest part of Wandsworth (it is) then Bellevue Road is de facto the borough’s poshest street. Sitting alongside the eponymous common, usually packed with people in welly boots walking spaniels, the road boasts both Chez Bruce and Brinkley’s Kitchen.
Chez Bruce you know, but for less of a special event and more of a spontaneous yet lip smackingly decent meal, head to Brinkley’s. And I’m not even sure what lip-smacking actually means. Contemporary dining, a heated terrace (albeit on a main road) and a vaguely stylish feel make it genuinely worth a visit.
Where: 130 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Wandsworth, SW6 2UL
Forget Brick Lane, Tooting is the capital’s destination of choice for anyone after an authentic Indian meal. Wander the length of the Upper Tooting Road and sample some of the best South Asian food available this side of the Indian Ocean. Go to Pooja for the samosas, Daily Fresh Naan for exactly what it says on the tin and dine at either Dawat or Lahore Karahi.
Kricket, Gymkhana or Veereswarmy it isn’t, but the food is authentic, as is the dining experience with strip light ambience, bustling kitchens and seating only step up from lawn furniture: which is fine because it’s all about the food. Which is excellent, by the way.
Where: 1 Tooting High Street, Tooting, SW17 0SN
Battersea Power Station continues its incredible metamorphosis from dereliction to destination, and alongside all the glass and steel apartments come places for its new inhabitants (and us curious visitors) to eat, drink and shop.
Cinnamon Kitchen is Vivek Singh’s spin-off brand, derived from his popular Westminster restaurant Cinnamon Club. With Cinnamon Kitchens in Oxford, The City and now Battersea Singh has taken the craze for upmarket Indian dining to the next level and this converted railway arch in the shadow of the iconic former power station is the perfect place to experience it.
Where: 4 Arches Lane, Nine Elms, SW11 8AB