Cannizaro House (Hotel du Vin)

Restaurants, Contemporary European Wimbledon Village
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A Wimbledon landmark building taken over by the Hotel du Vin group.

Cannizaro House, a country house on the edge of Wimbledon Common, has long been a destination for pram-pushers and strollers taking advantage of this mansion’s stately grounds (Cannizaro Park). For years the building’s public café under-achieved, but this looked set to change when the Hotel du Vin group took it over in 2015. 

Hotel du Vin used to have a good name for both food and drink, but based on our most recent meal at Cannizaro House, there’s room for improvement. The eighteenth-century building now has a modern glass conservatory facing the park, which houses The Orangery, a no-bookings brasserie. The more expensive restaurant, called The Bistro, has eyebrow-raising prices, with starters costing around £15 and main courses approaching £30. We moved to the Orangery, which as well as being cheaper, has the added benefit of having many outdoor tables on a terrace. 

While the dishes were adequate, the pricing seemed cheeky. A chicken cobb salad cost £16.95, yet the ingredients were unremarkable, with little chicken present. More disappointing still was the dish described as ‘grilled globe artichoke’ (£15.50); in reality, this mainly comprised of a handful of rocket leaves, grilled bread and fragments of oil-drenched artichoke heart that appeared to be fresh from a jar. When we found a rubber band among the salad leaves and pointed this out to our waiter, he apologised – but the dish stayed on the bill at full price. If you just stick to having a glass of wine on the terrace from their well-chosen list, you’ll be more than satisfied.

By: Guy Dimond

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Venue name: Cannizaro House (Hotel du Vin)
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Address: West Side Common
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SW19 4UE
Transport: Wimbledon tube/rail then 93 bus
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Dianne H
tastemaker

We had our company review day here today in the Krug suite just down from the main reception area. The building itself is impressive and stands out from a distance across the fields of Wimbledon common. When you walk in it's clear this is no ordinary hotel with beautiful flower arrangements and sumptuous armchairs everywhere you look. The staff were all lovely and professional and put on a tasty buffet launch followed by brownie canapés which went down a treat.

Hotel du vin is clearly perfect for an afternoon tea treat, staycation or work conference due to it's location and country house feel.

Afterwards definitely treat yourself to some prosecco in The Orangerie at the back. Day or night, the large conservatory area still feels cosy especially candle lit and you feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of South Wimbledon and London.

Tom
moderatorStaff Writer

Very civilised boutique hotel just off Wimbledon common. Has a great Orangery out the back which is a good place to relax on a sunday afternoon - be warned though, the afternoon tea is almost Ritz pricing..