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Wandsworth’s Michelin-starred neighbourhood treasure lives and breathes consistency – no wonder readers absolutely love it. At the heart of things is Bruce Poole’s ‘sensational’ cooking – a highly personal take on Anglo-French cuisine founded on top-drawer produce, hard-learned technique and fully rounded flavours. To start, brochette of duck hearts with fregola, girolles and salsa verde sets the bar high, and the kitchen keeps it colourful with a warm salad of squid, octopus and broccoli with a brandade fritter. More traditional ideas also please – from crisp pork belly with celeriac choucroute to Devon chicken with creamed borlotti beans and tarragon. Desserts such as Bruce’s renowned crème brûlée are unmissable, but do save space for the ‘impeccable’ cheeseboard. On the downside, extending the dining room may have answered the clamour for tables but the mood can now seem downright noisy, with staff increasingly feeling the heat. Still, a ‘ridiculously varied array’ of superb wines should see you right.


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  1. Perched on the edge of Wandsworth Common, the renowned Chez Bruce has long been a destination restaurant for well-heeled Balham-and-Clapham-ites, Chez Bruce Outsideso back in February Forks-Up decided it was high time we saw what all the fuss was about, and phoned to book a table. Informed by a heavily French accented receptionist that “ze restaurant eez very beezy”, we asked for the next available Saturday dinner date which could accommodate a table for 2 at 7pm. Roll around to early April and the day had finally come, our reservation confirmed 2 days’ beforehand by another Gallic staff member, who was at pains to...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 13 April 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Chez Bruce

    Chez Bruce is a charming Michelin starred restaurant in Wandsworth which has a real ‘neighbourhood favourite’ vibe to it. It’s the sort of place that if I lived locally I’d really enjoy being a regular. The service was warm and friendly and nothing felt too stuffy...
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  1. Some of the best things are those which have stood the test of time. And like a fine wine that gets better with time, Chez Bruce continues to age gracefully in its quaint corner in Wandsworth overlooking the public common.

    18 years on since Bruce Poole and Nigel Platts-Martin opened Chez Bruce in 1995, the recipe to maintaining their 1 Michelin star success here has remained the same. Uncomplicated, unpretentious French and Modern European cuisine… delectable, tried and tested combinations with a focus on classical techniques… and impeccable execution and service by a very accomplished kitchen and front of...
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The chef behind Wandsworth's evergreen neighbourhood restaurant Chez Bruce didn't realise his heart lay in the kitchen until he was 25. After a degree in history & stints as a manager at Stakis Hotels & the Café St Pierre in Clerkenwell, Bruce Poole begged a job as a junior commis chef at Conran's Bibendum restaurant in 1990. Two years later Philip Howard invited him to join The Square, & he then enjoyed a period as head chef at the Renzland brothers' Chez Max in Fulham. In 1995 he teamed up with Nigel Platts-Martin (business partner to Howard at The Square) to launch Chez Bruce, which gained a Michelin star in 1999. He & Platts-Martin opened the Glasshouse in Kew in 1999, followed two years later by La Trompette in Chiswick.

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