We popped in here on a very busy Friday evening on our way to a house party. Although it was incredibly busy ( I have never seen so many 'babies' in a bar!!!), the atmosphere was warm and inviting. The wine choices were excellent and the staff were efficient and helpful. We were allowed to order a mezze board even though the table was reserved for 20 minutes later. The food was delicious. If we were in the area again, I would definitely stay for dinner!
Great "Last Meal"..!
Paul Ton 07/09/2017 02:09
Popped in here on spec last Tuesday (5th Sep) as we're lost in Northcote now for a chatty lunch or early dinner since Rosita's closed (RIP). Thanks to the welcoming & friendly staff, we finally remembered we'd both last visited here back in the late 80s/early 90s(?) when it was "The Inebriated Newt".
As said elsewhere, standard-ish gastropub fare by & large on the menu - but more realistic, less self-conscious (chips were on the plate - not slate - & not in a chipped enamel mug from a former leper colony) & less pricey than Young's chain.
The daily special seemed the thing when we enquired what was the fish in the 'fish 'n' chips' - no, my friends, not cod, not haddock, but hake! Lovely flaky hake, white in a light but tasty batter - real, crispy chips and crushed petite-pois with a touch of mint.
Great quality, old-school size portion, excellent Classic Rioja at £26.00, despite it being a 'white' dish - and once again - excellent service!
This place has the Quality of Mid-Range, but could also qualify as very good cheap eats if that matters to you & if you're not in the habit of doing a bottle of wine between the 2 of you at lunch...
Ooohhh - why Last Meal? This had to last me through subsequent fasting and day surgery at St George's the next day..!
A very friendly local
GlobalGrazer2016on 07/08/2017 10:20
Hadn't eaten in here for years, other than a few drinks but I kept hearing quite rightly, rumours the food was very good. One Friday lunchtime my husband had lunch outside, it was busy and the waitress was a tad stressed! But the two older guys were superb from handling our order, to checking we were ok with a friendly smile, I was very impressed. I ordered a fabulous glass of Domaine de la Vieille Tour rose, just perfect.
For mains the fish cake came with wilted spinach, the pulled pork pitta in a spicy sauce with chips. It was all tasty and very pleasant, I enjoyed my fishcake ...dare I say a poached egg would have finished the flavours off nicely.
A great local, this small chain of pubs , The Avalon and The Latchmere are superb, they know a thing or two about good pub grub. We have come a very long way in terms of pub food in the past decade, it continues to impress, with very, very few misses!
Good Sunday Roast, very nice pub!
Matthew Mon 01/08/2017 15:19
I had been pestered to go for a Sunday Roast by my better half, and unfortunately I could not fight off the nagging any longer. Sunday Roast's to me are best done at the family home, they're the strongest memory for me and I have been reluctant to venture elsewhere in the fear that I may taste something far greater. I can conclude however, it did not beat a good home cooked roast, but it was rather excellent.
We arrived here at 16:00, which would be quite late for some dinning on a Sunday, and this certainly was reflective in the level of activity within the restaurant/pub. There were a large amount of empty tables, which was not an issue. It was however clear to see from the amount of strike-through text on the specials board, that it was a pretty busy day, or they hadn't stocked up.
We opted for the Roast Beef, which came with all the trimmings and a rather nice Yorkshire Pudding. Very nice, meat was a little tough and the pot that the gravy came in was a tad small (I'm a northerner), but yeah it was good.
Again, pestered to stay for dessert as this place apparently had "the best Sticky Toffee Pudding", I thought it was only fitting to please the girl and order. It was rather nice I must admit, but I wouldn't say it was "the best Sticky Toffee Pudding".
All in all then, this was a lovely experience with my partner, food was great, wine was excellent, and the ambiance was relaxing. I do certainly wish to return one day, and try out something else on the menu. As far as Sunday Roasts are concerned, in my book, nothing beats a good northern home made Sunday Roast, but I will settle for this one as an alternative.
My only nag, the service, it was good yeah but unfortunately, I don't think it warranted the 12.5% gratuity charge.
Quite nice but ....
Jonathan167on 31/07/2017 10:28
The Bolingbroke is ... OK. My friend's meal seemed fine and you can tell it's a high-end gastropub. But my Barnsley chop was a record breaker - for being the smallest on record. A Barnsley chop is famous for being hefty - a slab of meat for hungry miners. I appreciate there are very few hungry miners in Northcote Road, Battersea, but this would have been laughed out of its home town. I should have complained on the spot, I know, but I was too British and embarrassed. It was a bit of a joke, though, and wasn't even enough for a light lunch. I was starving two hours later.
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