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“Still peerless as a neighbourhood restaurant delivering exquisite, modern French cuisine” – Bruce Poole’s immaculate “mainstay of South West London”, by distant Wandsworth Common, is – for the 15th year in succession – the survey’s No. 1 favourite restaurant, and “well worth the trip south of the river”. “Whether you are going for a celebratory meal, or just a casual lunch or supper”, “its consistency is astonishing, and comes at fabulously reasonable prices” (especially given the “little extra touches like Parmesan biscuits at the beginning of a meal, and chocolate truffles and palmiers at the end”). “What’s brilliant about the seasonal cooking is its perfect, pure – not gastronomic – tastes and palate: classics are flawlessly cooked, and there is innovation without it being bound in any way to the latest fads and fashions”. And “although there must be heaps going on behind the scenes, the set-up manages to be effortlessly elegant in an unpretentious style that feels like it comes easy to them”, with “engaging” staff who are “professional without being obsequious”. IF there’s a gripe, it’s that the “bright and compact” room that most reporters feel is “delightful” and “fitting for pretty much any occasion” (especially a romantic one) is, for a small minority, too “cramped” and un-fancy.
“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”.
“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.”
|Wine per bottle||£25.00|
Chez Bruce Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Back on form. The pared back flavour combinations allowed the nuances of each ingredient to be identified and savoured."
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|