Rocksons Restaurant

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Kingston, Surrey

Small and unassuming, tucked away on the main road to Kingston Bridge, Rocksons isn’t going to win any style awards, but a good few of its many customers undoubtedly believe that the no-frills, café-like decor is part of its charm. Service is smiley, if a little slow. The food, when it arrives, is a treat. Blinis, topped with oak-smoked Scottish salmon and mascarpone, were light and fluffy; fat little seared scallops arrived crowned with crisp serrano ham and served with mango salsa. The more-than-generous mains (especially the roasts) offer plenty of bang for your buck. Glazed confit of Berkshire pork belly with borlotti beans, sautéed greens, spiced onion and apple chutney was a lovely big plate of food; herb- and mustard-crusted rack of lamb served with caramelised onions, sauté potatoes, fine green beans and mint jus batted well above average. This is honest homely cooking from a decent neighbourhood restaurant – so, while there’s nothing too ambitious here, Rocksons gets a big thumbs-up from Kingston residents, weary of the surrounding chains.

Venue name: Rocksons Restaurant
Contact:
Address: 17 High Street
London
KT1 4DA
Opening hours: Dinner served 5.30pm-10.30pm Mon-Thur; 5.30pm-11pm Fri. Meals served 10am-11pm Sat; 10am-3.30pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Kingston rail
Price: Main courses £9.50-£15.50. Set dinner £14.95 2 courses, £17.95 3 courses.
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