21 August 2014


Unit 29, Ransome’s Dock, 35-37 Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NP

£34.00 Modern European Battersea, Clapham Junction
  • Wine: £14.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm) Sun 10am-4pm

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The site occupied for more than 20 years by Martin Lam’s Ransome’s Dock restaurant has now been transformed into a new all-day venue run by husband and wife Johan and Elsa De Jager, who have worked in venues ranging from Sophie’s Steakhouse to The Square. The slightly stark, white-washed warehouse space kicks off the day with coffee and pastries before the main menu launches at noon and we are able to see the influence of a chef with backgrounds at both Fifteen and River Café in oft-Italian, fresh-faced dishes that put ingredients to the fore. Crab on toast is rich yet dainty, with a lemon aïoli lifting its deep, meaty flavours, while a cheesy artichoke dip is an unctuous treat even if somewhat preposterously lacking in anything to dip into it. A wild boar ragu is more fully formed: bullish in its flavours and an impressive exhibit for perfect pasta with a pleasant bite. That will be the River Café training. A bourbon bread and butter pudding makes for a final indulgent flourish, but as with most of the dishes, is bigger in flavours than it is in size. Source’s cooking is clever, considered and carefully-curated, we’d just like the space to be a little more comfy.

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  1. Source

    Unit 29, Ransome’s Dock, 35-37 Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NP
    Overall rating:
    Timothy P.

    Carefully sourced, quality, limited menu


    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 27th May 2014

    the good londoner :: Source

    Source in Battersea has a slogan of ‘Seasonal, Simple, Social’, and they’re keen to emphasize the organic nature and traceability of their food. The venue is in an old wharf, and you can look right on to the water. The look is industrial and open-plan, with brick, raw concrete and wood beams predominating, but it’s bright and light. The menu is reassuringly succinct, with only a very few choices of mains, with hogget, chimichurri and cime di rapa (£13) being one of the stand out items. We tried the burger, which although relatively pricey at £14, was really nicely chargrilled and meaty...
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  2. Published : Thursday, 27th March 2014

    S.W. Foodie :: Source - A great little Battersea local

    Source Battersea, is perched on the river with uninterrupted views of our beautiful City from the water’s edge. The décor is bang on trend, stripped back walls, engineered lighting, exposed brick and plenty of rustic wooden features and furniture. Source is one of those places that just oozes effortless ‘cool’ and I found myself snapping a few pics for ideas for our own home. Source's food is local, British produce and always seasonal. The dining room sits upon its very own water well, hence the name ‘source’ and from here the restaurant serves its filtered water from - you can’t get more local than that! They also source local and unusual ales...
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  3. Published : Tuesday, 18th February 2014

    londonfoodaholic :: REVIEW: Source, Ransome

    One of the most tranquil (if not a little industrial) places to eat in Battersea has to be the Ransomes Dock area. I'm not entirely sure what woos me about it. Maybe its the suntrap during the summer month, sitting perched on river, or peering on to luxury barges. Although Ransomes Dock is just off a busy road, its deceptively tranquil. The previous restaurant, 'Ransomes Dock' which i can rightly call a Battersea institution, unfortunately let its terrace, and restaurant slowly deteriorate. The benches and chairs became rickety. The decor inside hadn't been updated since the early 90's and its food - well it was OK, but again incredibly dated. I could imagine Patsy & Edwina from Ab Fab lunging over at the bar in its hey day, before skinny dipping in to the Thames...
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