Two years ago, a little café called Towpath caused quite a stir when it opened on an otherwise empty stretch of the canal at De Beauvoir Town. Since then though, the area has seen fervent flat-building – waterside property is an appealing prospect, and the old industrial edifices around there are being replaced at quite a rate. It’s one of these new ‘multi-use units’ that houses Waterline (hopefully actually ‘above waterline’).
It aims to offset the impersonality of a just-thrown-up space with mismatched furniture – can you buy that in boxes from shops now? Like broken biscuits? – which turns out to be a not-bad idea. Despite the high ceilings and exposed ducting, it has a cosy and not unpleasantly utilitarian feel. Big windows are ready to open out on to the bucolic waterway when temperatures allow it – this place will be heaving when it gets sunny. Through the back is a darkened function room that was showing films, and up a metal staircase is a small mezzanine. There’s a long bar with a little open kitchen at the end – Waterline’s as much restaurant as it is bar.
A not-very-pub-grub menu includes the likes of leek and wild mushroom tart, roast scallops and lamb with cranberry and star anise; a ‘duo of salads’ with orange and crayfish and gravadlax may have once existed separately but were presented mixed together in a bowl. Still tasty though. And a simple rib-eye steak and chips was good too and a generous portion.
A small but thoughtful draught selection consists of Bitburger, Meantime London Lager, Hogan’s cider, an Adnams and the demonically dark Black Isle stout from the Scottish Highlands. A mid-sized, mid-range wine list looks tailor-made for sitting next to the canal in the summer, ignoring the constant convoy of cyclists and pretending you’re somewhere more sylvan than Haggerston.
46 De Beauvoir Crescent
|Opening hours:||Open 11am-11.30pm Mon-Sat; 11am-9pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Sat; 11.30am-3.30pm Sun. Dinner served 6-9pm Mon-Thur; 6.30-10pm Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Haggerston rail or 67, 149 bus|
|Price:||Main courses £12.25-£20|
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Average User Rating
2.5 / 5
- 5 star:0
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:2
Nice location and interior but food was so bland and boring. Manager wasn't friendly but slightly odd and staff was not very well trained. We ordered side salads and were not told that our dishes came with salad, not impressed.
It's very nice when it's sunny.. and the food is good but overpriced, we're not in West London. The service used to be average but I think they've changed manager and it was much better last time i went there otherwise I would had given it two stars. I will come again but just because of its location..
Pretty good food, great wine, the cinema room at the back is impressive. Don't agree with the comments above personally.
I booked a table for 3 of us for 2pm on a Sunday afternoon. We turned up 5 minutes before and were told by a very aggressive manager that 'We hadn't booked a table for 2pm at all, we had definitely booked a table for 1.30pm'. His aggressive energy paired with the totally spaced out waitresses who eventually greeted us didn't make a great impression and we walked.
Unfriendly service and generally too hip for their own good. Wouldn't let us have a beer outside unless we ordered food, yet 5' later they let another group do the same. One of the worse lattes I ever had. Go next door to the more informal cafe.