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London House

Restaurants, Contemporary European Battersea
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)
Special Offers
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The 1990s may have been all about Blair, Britpop and ‘Baywatch’, but in smart restaurants the trend was to stack up their food into towering, overblown shapes: timbales of seafood, stacks of polenta and twice-baked soufflés. We also ended up with Yorkshire puddings looking like David Hasselhoff. The well-stacked phase only lasted as long as the Hoff’s singing career, but in the latest Gordon Ramsay restaurant in 2014, I’m having a flashback. The rum baba struts its way into the room, permatan-bronzed, casting a long shadow across the sandy expanse of linen.

The atmosphere of London House in Battersea is a trip back to the ’90s. This is fine dining as it used to be, with the staff spiffingly well-dressed, roses on the tables, low lighting and diners dressed in their finest. Yet, apart from the alarmingly buff rum baba, the food here is perfectly rendered and up-to-the-minute. The dinner menu’s a three-course prix fixe (£35), with several choices at each course.

A starter of tuna loin is coated in a herby, chlorophyll-green gremolata crust, cut through to contrast the dark sashimi-red of the flesh; a salad of pig’s head croquette is garnished with pale curly endive leaves, soft-cooked quail eggs and carrot strips. The main courses are more prosaic: a fillet of sea bass served on slow-cooked fennel with a light bergamot sauce, or a perfectly pink beef fillet with a parsnip purée and potato gnocchi stuffed with braised beef cheek. And if you don’t fancy a butch pudding, try the posset with a cardamom and ginger oatcake – the set cream pud is flavoured with passion fruit.

We sat near the wine station as our charming Hungarian sommelier decanted. Lighting a solitary candle each time, she held the bottles in front of the gentle glow to detect sediment as she poured. This is another old-school technique but, like so much on offer here, it’s good enough to more than make up for the Hoff blasts from the past.

By: Guy Dimond

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Address: 7-9 Battersea Square
London
SW11 3RA
Transport: Tube: Clapham Junction rail or bus 19
Price: Dinner for two with wine and service: around £120
Contact:
Opening hours: Tues-Thur 6-10pm; Fri noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm; Sat noon-3pm, 6-10pm; Sun noon-3pm, 6-9.30pm.
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Special offers

Seasonal Set Menu 2/3 courses for £19/£23

Enjoy 3 courses for £23 or 2 courses for £19 from a set lunch menu full of delicious seasonal dishes. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 12 People Mon-Fri 12:00PM-10:00PM

Offer valid until Jun 30 2020

Weekend Prosecco Brunch £40

Enjoy brunch in the heart of Battersea with free flowing Prosecco or Bloody Mary's. Simply choose one main course or egg dish along with a dessert from the brunch menu. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 12 People Sun 12:00PM-4:00PM,Sat 11:00AM-4:00PM

Offer valid until May 31 2020

Sunday Roast from £17

Enjoy 35 day Dry-aged sirloin of rare breed beef for £25, or Chicken for £23 with all the trimmings and seasonal sides from a set menu. Or why not try a vegan nut roast for £17. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 12 People Sun 12:00PM-10:00PM

Offer valid until May 31 2020

Social Hour

Enjoy early evenings between 5 and 7pm, for every selected cocktail, beer, or glass of house wine you purchase, you can enjoy one on Gordon! Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 12 People Daily 5:00PM-7:00PM

Offer valid until May 31 2020

Mother's Day: 3 courses £40

Take a seat in our local neighbourhood restaurant and enjoy a 3 course Mother's Day menu. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 12 People Sun 12:00PM-9:00PM

Offer valid until Mar 22 2020

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