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Now part of the Rick Stein brand – the chef and his ex-wife's Padstow-based empire has for the first time reached London with this early 2017 re-opening of a longstanding riverside favourite.

Harden's says

October 2016: This site has been acquired by Rick Stein, and will open as his first London restaurant in 2017. The Depot will continue to run for the rest of the year before closing for refurbishment, and the directors will retire after 30 years in the business.

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Summary

“A wonderfully unspoilt location overlooking the Thames” guarantees a “magical” experience at this fixture near Barnes Bridge. “We always have a lovely time here”, say regulars – even if the quality of the food “varies a bit too much”. STOP PRESS – in October 2016 it was announced that the business was being purchased by Rick & Jill Stein (of Padstow fame) – no immediate changes are planned but these are likely in 2017.

£44
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“If you’re lucky enough to nab a window table, it’s magical gazing over the Thames” at this long-established spot, near Barnes Bridge; “food and service have never matched the location”, but are “good enough”, and it’s “really recommended for a multi-generation lunch”.

£44
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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“Lovely views of the Thames”, especially from the new riverside seating area (“definitely a success”), are the main attraction at this “very popular” Barnes haunt; the food may not be the main point, but fans insist it’s “getting better”.

£42
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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“Perfect, if you get a table by the river” – this “spacious” and “informal” Barnes haunt can be “magical when the sun sets”, and is a major family favourite at weekends; the food’s never been the main event, but is currently on something of a high.

£41
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu,
Yes
10 pm, Sun 9.30 pm
Tideway Yd, Mortlake High St, London, SW14 8SN
Opening hours

lunch noon - 3 pm, dinner 6 pm - 10 pm
Last orders: 10 pm, Sun 9.30 pm

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