Harden's survey result
For 25 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. This year diners have submitted over 60,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK.
“You can see why people rave!”; Bruce Poole’s “casual yet elegant” neighbourhood classic by Wandsworth Common is – for the umpteenth year – the survey’s No. 1 favourite by dint of doing “everything effortlessly… and just right”, all at a price that makes it “6/5 for value”. The modern British cuisine is “unfailingly outstanding, but never over-elaborate: it just tastes intensely of what it is”. Service is “first class, helpful and welcoming”, the interior is “stylish, but not over-styled”, and there’s an “enormous, eclectic and excellent wine list”.
“Still at the top of its game after all these years” – Bruce Poole’s “unpretentious” yet “consistently excellent” neighbourhood restaurant is yet again the survey No. 1 favourite, and “well worth the schlep to Wandsworth Common”. “There are no fads – just classic, interesting, perfectly executed cooking”, matched with service that “while impeccable, is completely devoid of airs and graces”. All this plus “stellar” wine and a “cheeseboard probably visible from space”. And price-wise, it’s “so reasonable for something so good!”
Bruce Poole’s “quintessential neighbourhood restaurant”, by Wandsworth Common, celebrates 10 years as the survey’s No. 1 favourite; the secret? – “sublime” and “inspired” cuisine, “brilliant” wine, “welcoming but unobtrusive” staff… and a cheeseboard “to die for”.
For the 9th year, Bruce Poole’s formidably consistent neighbourhood legend, by Wandsworth Common, is the survey’s No 1. favourite – its straightforward but unbeatable formula combines “incredible-value” cooking, “amazing” wine and “helpful and welcoming” service.
“My business partner Nigel Platts-Martin and I opened Chez Bruce in 1995.
From the outset, it was our intention to serve the very best food and drink but within a relaxed, informal yet thoroughly professionally orchestrated environment. Over the years we have been lucky enough to collect many prestigious awards and industry gongs, but it has never been our inclination to rest on our laurels.
Restaurants are not about celebrity chefs, managers, owners or design; they are about customers. In kitchen, wine and dining room departments, we therefore only strive to improve. If one’s passion is truly rooted in the business, there is no other option.”
Chez Bruce Restaurant Diner Reviews
"This restaurant has maintained its unpretentious, very professional position with excellent food. One is always welcomed back as a valued client, however long one's absence. Only issue - parking is a nightmare!"
"Never been disappointed. The service is a delight, chatty enough and knowledgeable. The food is filled with delicate flavours and can also pack a punch. On a recent trip a burrata salad was an exceptional starter; light, creamy and complex."
"Excellent dinner but had a feeling the menu required upgrading. Nothing glaringly wrong but would like a little more imagination in the main courses. Friendly staff but wondered a little about the sommelier's knowledge. That comment may be a little unfair and it is an enormous wine list.I like the good spacing between tables."
"Always good, but needs to refresh its spark"
"Still one of the best restaurants in London. Great food in a comfy yet stylish environment without being stuck up. Lunches are great value for money."
"Third visit and, as always, Chez Bruce is a good place to lunch - I've never been there for dinner so I can't comment on that. Good food good service and some nice touches such as the home-made shortbread to go with coffee. My only comment is that it lacks a bit of atmosphere, but maybe that's more to do with the location and clientele rather than the restaurant itself. I'll be going back, probably many times."
"Was this trainee night? The service was chaotic! A herd of youngsters who seemed completely lost. The food was a disappointment too. For a £50 3 course dinner I expect more than a couple of weedy, dry pieces of San Daniele in my starter and tasteless lamb for my main course. We brought our own wine so that was OK. I will be saying farewell to an old favourite after this experience."
2 Bellevue Rd, London, SW17 7EG
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lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 6.30 pm - 10.00 pm, Fri - Sat - 10:30 Sun - 9:30
Last orders: 10 pm, Fri & Sat 10.30 pm, Sun 9 pm