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A bewitching location, perched above the riverbank with a panoramic view of the Thames, is the primary reason for visiting this well-established brasserie. The room itself, all wood & cream, is
fairly plain, allowing diners & drinkers to appreciate the picture windows. It’s a comfortable, if well-worn place to linger, & the service, both welcoming & solicitous (unless under
pressure from parties), makes for a relaxing meal. The kitchen has its ups & downs – the trick is to order simple dishes. Tuna carpaccio with soy & ginger is likely to be more successful
than a rather over-complicated dish of serrano ham, pork crackling, soft-boiled egg & green beans. Conscious of their target market, staff tend to be great with children; weekend lunchtimes see
families predominate. Overall ‘this place deserves recognition for consistency & warm hospitality’, says a typical devotee.
The Depot is situated on the banks of the River Thames, not far from Barnes Bridge, in a pretty restored Victorian courtyard. Constructed in 1901, the buildings which currently house The Depot restaurant were originally the stables and coach houses for the Barnes Council refuse depot. During World War 2 the corner occupied by The Depot served as a barracks for air raid wardens and their tin helmets were still hanging there in 1983! By 1981 the Council had no further use for any of the buildings and proposed to demolish the whole site and leave it as an open space. Local residents protested and competition for local...
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