Latchmere

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Battersea
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When the Latchmere’s previous landlord rang down the curtain on the pub last year, fans of the first-floor Theatre503 were worried that this landmark Victorian theatre pub might be blighted by developers, or simply left to rot like the nearby Battersea Power Station. Their concerns were unfounded, as the fringe theatre has continued with barely a pause between acts, and the rest of the building has been renovated with no mahogany surface left unpolished, no mirror ungilded. The refurb enhances its Victorian looks – this was an era when men and women wore practical headgear and foxes were something you chased across fields, not out of your wheelie bin.

While interiors experts will notice the framed foxhound prints and historical print upholstery, beer-lovers will appreciate the brief selection of well-kept ales, Timothy Taylor Landlord or the local Sambrook’s Wandle among them.

The menu is more ambitious than it needs to be with such a captive crowd of thespians and locals. A ‘scotch egg’ is encased in black pudding; scallops are seared then served with pancetta and a spicy horseradish ‘gazpacho’. Our smiling waitress was on the ball, the service brisk.

We noticed a troupe of actors heading straight into the garden after a performance. Fag break? Nope, it was the underseat garden heating attracting them, complete with rainproof cabanas and table service. Victorian values are long-gone, and not even artists want to starve in cold garrets any more.

By: Guy Dimond

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Venue name: Latchmere
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Address: 503 Battersea Park Rd
London
SW11 3BW
Opening hours: 11am-midnight, Mon-Sat; 11am-10.30pm, Sun. Lunch served noon-3.30pm, Mon-Fri; 11.30am-4pm, Sat. Dinner served 6-10.30pm, Mon-Fri; 4.30-10.30pm, Sat. Food served 11.30am-9pm, Sun.
Transport: Tube: Clapham Junction
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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bailey1988
Tastemaker

Great pub in Battersea (not too far away from Battersea park). Great place for a Sunday roast. Upstairs there's a theatre so you may be able to pick up cheap tickets to see a show post drinks.

Gabrielle B

Was overcharged for my meal and hassled by a rude waiter. When I later tried to get a refund for the error, I was told they could find no record of the error so I wouldn't be refunded. Appalling, lack-lustre customer service and the food wasn't even worth the hassle. Only went there because it's underneath Theatre 503. 

If they charge you on card and say it hasn't worked because of a problem with their machine, do not pay again. There's no problem with their machine and you won't get your money back. 

Soso T
tastemaker

Dog friendly but not so wheelchair friendly pub in Battersea for Sunday roast. There's a step to the entrance and the door is narrow (but it is a double door so I suppose they can open the other to let you in). There is also no accessible toilet. Food was ok, the beef wasn't fatty and dry like some places and the Yorkshire pudding was as large as the plate! I wouldn't say it's the best roast I've ever had but it wasn't the worst either... Same can be said about the staff and service. The music was actually on a tad bit too loud and we all struggled to hear each other. I had to raise my voice significantly to be heard and left with a slight sore throat.

Sara A
tastemaker

I came here on a very cold Sunday starving hungry and ready for what looked like a magnificent Sunday roast. The pub was warm and cosy with an open fireplace and friendly staff who managed to find us a table even though it was busy. The service was attentive and I couldn't wait to try the roast dinner. Unfortunately I was left really quite disappointed. The cauliflower wasn't cooked, the roast potatoes were soggy and smelled a bit odd, the gravy was far to runny and the butternut squash was so cut into such huge pieces it didn't get chance to cook properly either. I opted for the vegetarian option of lentil and cashew nut roast which was quite tasty but came with a different sauce so I had to ask for the non-vegetarian gravy. The only really good part of the roast was the giant yorkshire pudding that arrives perched precariously on top of the meal but is almost the size of the plate. I think I'd have been happier just ordering and yorkshire and gravy! On the plus side the salted caramel sticky toffee pudding was absolute heaven! Their mulled wine was pretty tasty too. I would recommend it for the atmosphere but don't expect too much from the roast dinner.

Karen H

Luckily this fantastic pub is my local. Wonderful food, great choice of wines and beers and friendly staff, oh and theatre upstairs too! Perfect place for busy Saturday nights and quiet weekday lunches.

Ellie J

Since the refurb this pub just gets better & better - still a favourite of locals and super welcoming on newcomers. The best Sunday roast for miles!

Celine M

Was in the area last night so I thought I give it a go after seeing your post...a bit disappointing, food average, pictures make it look nicer than in reality, all the windows were open, but being just at the angle of crossing does not help when you trying to have a conversation...on a positive note but the waitress was exceptionally good and really lovely. Not sure I will come back....