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Summary

“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…”

£86
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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”.

£74
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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!”

£66
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

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”.

£68
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

The restaurant

“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.”

Bruce Poole

Current menus

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
16
10 pm, Fri & Sat 10.30 pm, Sun 9 pm
80
Yes

The chef

Matt Christmas


Head Chef

Chez Bruce Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Chez Bruce Restaurant in SW17, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Chez Bruce restaurant.
Adrian g
Reliably excellent menu and enough inexpens...
Reviewed 2 months, 27 days ago

"Reliably excellent menu and enough inexpensive wines as well."

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Andrew A
The food at Chez Bruce has stepped up to a ...
Reviewed 4 months, 14 days ago

"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."

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Martina A
Fabulous...
Reviewed 5 months, 14 days ago

"Fabulous"

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Adrian g
Another superb meal with excellent affordab...
Reviewed 8 months, 6 days ago

"Another superb meal with excellent affordable wines"

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Ian D
Food is lovely and service is always very p...
Reviewed 11 months, 5 days ago

"Food is lovely and service is always very professional. Probably our favourite London restaurant."

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Daniel C
Hard to fault: great service, almost flawle...
Reviewed 11 months, 8 days ago

"Hard to fault: great service, almost flawless modern European cooking, extensive wine list, epic cheese board - on our visit Gordon Ramsay was dining and even he found nothing to complain about!"

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Richard C
Service had slightly slipped on the day we ...
Reviewed 11 months, 11 days ago

"Service had slightly slipped on the day we were there. The Maitre de seemed to be absent."

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2 Bellevue Rd, London, SW17 7EG
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Monday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Friday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-3 pm, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm-3 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm

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