‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ could be the motto of this riverside restaurant, which continues serenely through its third decade. Originally part of the stables and coach house for Barnes Council refuse depot (hence the name), it’s a handsome spot, all gleaming wood, bare brick and striped banquettes, with a separate bar at one end.A skeleton boat hangs from the ceiling, and the window tables are much sought after (inevitably, the place is packed for the Boat Race).
It caters for all kinds of diners, from loved-up couples to multi-generational family groups. The menu majors on comforting brasserie staples done well – bavette with chips and béarnaise, smoked chicken caesar salad, an exemplary fish cake – with the occasional inventive twist (goat’s cheese soufflé with saffron-poached pears) or seasonal ingredient (wild garlic). Desserts have always been a strong point: tangy lemon posset with blackberries and crumbly shortbread was a treat, but it’s the sticky, creamy, indulgent eton mess that always wins us over.
Sunday roast lunch is something of a local tradition. Drinks run from cocktails to a fairly priced wine list, and there’s always some kind of set menu or special deal. Staff are friendly, but can get overwhelmed when the place is full.
Tideway Yard, 125 Mortlake High Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; 11am-3.30pm Sat; noon-5pm Sun. Dinner served 6-11pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Barnes Bridge or Mortlake rail, or bus 209|
|Price:||Main courses £10.95-£21.95. Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £12.95 2 courses, £15.95 3 courses|
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Had a fantastic evening with group of friends. Atmosphere on a Sat evening was really fun and the food was delicious. My husband and I have been here a few times for lunch and evenings and always enjoyed it so wanted to bring friends. They too thought it a wonderful place. The setting on the River is stunning. Our starters were inventive with fresh ingredients. Mains included the fishcakes with amazing crunchy chips (we ordered more for whole table!) seabass, calves liver. Puds were very good but perhaps abit large for the women (the chaps loved that of course!). A very decent winelist with wide selection at sensible prices. Our friends now want to re-book for the Sunday lunch!
It doesn't get any better than this. Does it? I certainly haven't found anywhere better in London around this price mark that compares. Lovely staff, great food and even if you don;t get a window table, the feel of the place is just so nice. And there's always the terrace in summer - my favourite for Saturday brunch.
Best place in SW as far as my husband and I are concerned. The food, service and atmosphere are always spot on. Never had a bad meal or average experience there - it's always outstanding.