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survey result

Summary

£84
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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.

Summary

£83
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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!”

Summary

£86
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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…”

Summary

£74
  £££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

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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

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always   £57.50
Lunch   £39.50
SundayLunch   £45.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%

Current menus

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
16
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.
Neill S
Back on form. The pared back flavour combin...
Reviewed 3 months, 24 days ago

"Back on form. The pared back flavour combinations allowed the nuances of each ingredient to be identified and savoured."

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Alan J
A superb evening - it was a joy to revisit ...
Reviewed 9 months, 7 days ago

"A superb evening - it was a joy to revisit for a family occasion - we were very well received, the cooking was outstanding, with first rate ingredients. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The wine list is a real read. Despite being told that our table would be required later in the evening, we were never hurried. We shall return"

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Nick G
Top notch, real London classic - superb sta...
Reviewed 10 months, 20 days ago

"Top notch, real London classic - superb starters and mains around the table, dessert perhaps didn't quite live up to expectations. Slick but friendly service and a nice buzz as ever. The nice thing is that it feels like a local, but definitely worth the effort to get to Wandsworth - and the somewhat out of the way location means you don't have to book weeks in advance for one of London's best restaurants."

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2 Bellevue Rd, London, SW17 7EG
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Opening hours
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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