Harden's survey result
“The perfect neighbourhood restaurant… I just wish it was actually in my neighbourhood!” – Bruce Poole’s “consistently exceptional” legend by Wandsworth Common is, for the 14th year, the survey’s No. 1 favourite: “it simply never lets you down”. “The attention to detail is wonderful”, but “there is nothing flashy or pretentious” about the place. Service is “delightful, chatty enough and knowledgeable”, “without ever verging on the fussy or obsequious”; and “there are always gorgeous surprises from the regularly changing, seasonal menu” of “flawless modern European cooking” (“filled with delicate flavours, but also packing a punch!”). Save a little space for the “epic cheese board”, which is arguably “the best in town”. There is little but a hymn of praise in the huge volume of reports we receive: “on our visit Gordon Ramsay was dining and even he found nothing to complain about!”
“So professional, but without any of the usual nonsense!” – Bruce Poole’s “wonderful neighbourhood restaurant” by Wandsworth Common is, for the 13th year in a row, the survey’s No. 1 favourite destination. It’s by no means a flash place – “the understated atmosphere is of a comfortable local” – but for legions of Londoners it provides “perfection where it counts”, not least the “immaculate service”, and “inspiring food”: dishes are “fine, but not fussy”, and with “enough innovation to surprise you each time” thanks to their “exceptional, and deft flavour combinations”. “AND, it’s affordable! For once you don’t need a second mortgage…”
“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!”
“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
"Lovely experience - staff could be friendlier"
"First visit for a few years and I have to say that Chez Bruce is as immaculate as ever. For the quality provided, the value is incredible and really does make for a special occasion. Every dish I had was top drawer and the service is spot on, always there if you need it but not in your way when you don’t. The place itself is lovely and fitting for pretty much any occasion. For anyone wanting a special evening or lunch in SW London, this is THE place to go"
"All right, but not so special anymore. Won't rush back."
"Reliably excellent menu and enough inexpensive wines as well."
"The food at Chez Bruce has stepped up to a new level in the last 12 months, after what I think was rather a fallow period. The same formula as ever, now executed to even higher standards than before. Particularly LOVE the offal they have in every menu - I do not know a restaurant in the UK that executes that as well."
"Unmatched food in southwest London, always feels special without feeling stuffy, and the cheeseboard is magnificent."
2 Bellevue Rd, London, SW17 7EG
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|Monday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-3 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-3 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|