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London Houseone star

020 3544 0797

Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA

£52.00 Modern European Battersea, Clapham Junction

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  • Wine: £22.00
  • Champagne: £55.00
  • Lunch: £28 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: £35 (3 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 6-10pm Fri-Sat 12N-2.30pm (Sat -3pm) Sun 12N-3pm 6-9.30pm

Square Meal Review of London House ?

There’s a touch of classical elegance about Gordon Ramsay’s latest venture: shiny copper, art-clad walls and bow-tied staff bring to mind grand French brasseries, while a maze of small dining areas provides homely intimacy as well as a sociable hum. Well-travelled Irish chef Anna Haugh-Kelly is in charge of the kitchen, and international influences abound: gremolata-crusted yellowfin tuna is sushi-like in presentation and taste, the delicate flesh offset by pickled golden beetroot arranged into a flower shape; crab tortellini is served with a tableside dousing of shellfish broth, while richly flavoured Cumbrian beef fillet appears alongside bulging gnocchi stuffed with shredded beef cheek. To finish, a scoop of Jerusalem artichoke ice cream with dark chocolate tart is about as ‘out there’ as London House gets – although it’s not a high point. All in all, there is clever cooking on show here, but without the pomp of fine dining. Great bar, too.

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  1. London House

    Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA
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    Sarah B.

    A new local gem

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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    Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA
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    BoatLady

    So Chi Chi for South Chelsea

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 9

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  3. London House

    Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA
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    Hugo G.

    Finally a worthy contender

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  4. London House

    Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA
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    PA.

    A promising beginning

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  1. Published : Thursday, 3rd July 2014

    Sybaricious :: London House

    After a couple of years of sticking to casual dining and gastropub openings and a battering in the headlines, Gordon Ramsay is back with a proper restaurant and I liked it very much. I wonder whether it is no coincidence that he has opened it practically on his own doorstep in Battersea. After all its a market he must know very well. The site on the corner of Battersea Square has been something of a curse for the last decade. Many moons ago it was All Bar One then it languished void for ages before Bentley's moved in and re designed the interior. That didn't last long either leading to another long period of emptiness. Its a shame as its a great site overlooking the square and by the river but the problem is that it is huge inside.Here's hoping for Mr Ramsay that this one has some staying power - lord knows he could do with a success after a few years of bad news. Then again, it should succeed, it follows a very obvious template in the form of nearby Chez Bruce, a restaurant that the staff confirmed Ramsay frequents and somewhere that he took his core team in advance of London House opening. If it aint broke don't fix it I guess. There is plenty of money in the area for a good quality classic restaurant and as its been full practically every night since opening without a big PR fanfare then it must be working. Bread and butter are a simple but effective yardstick of a good restaurant for me; attention to detail and all that. At London House warm soft brown bread comes served in a nifty little hessian mock flour sack with a hidden compartment of warm wheat to keep the bread warm. Butter is both salted and softened; full marks so far...One of many parallels that you can draw between the Chez Bruce/La Trompette/Glasshouse etc stable of restaurants and London House establishes itself. They all follow the three course fixed price model (£35 in the evening and £28 at lunch) and offers a similar style of modern British cooking focused on local ingredients. Such a style is arguably more Phil/Bruce than it is Gordon. The strategy to emulate their template becomes clear when you see the resumes of Irish chef Anna Haugh Kelly (who worked at The Square) and restaurant manager Paul Halliwell who was formerly of both La Trompette and the Glasshouse in Kew. I ordered the crab tortellini with seafood broth to see if it measured up to the Medlar classicCompletely different, they can't really be compared, as the broth is deeply savoury and flavoured and consommé clear; very well executed. The tortellini was filled with crab and scallop and soft as a pillow but a little over dominated by a pronounced lemon thyme flavour. Chicken wings were inordinately good. Saintsbury Chardonnay was an excellent foil for the wings- a creamy malolactic richness fought back against the grease and spice of the wing coating.Pork head croquettes.  A Gruner Veltliner from Schloss Gobelsurg was rather disappointing. A nose of distinct pear drops and rather too much acidity on the palate - it just didn't feel very balanced.Beef with braised shin potato gnocchi Venison with puy lentilsA perfectly rectangular, buttery soft fondant potato nestled Perhaps the answer is that I'm just greedy (that wouldn't come as any great surprise to many) but the main course portions - and in particular the venison- were a little on the small side. I didn't leave hungry but I wasn't exactly stuffed. I have been increasingly keen on Lebanese red belnds over the last few months so jumped on one I had never had before on the wine list. Lebanese Chateau Marsyas is more full bodied and powerful than other Bekaa Valley red blends like Musar and Ka with a heightened spiciness that worked well with all our dishes.  Rum baba was soaked in Havana 7 year old dark rum and boozy steeped raisins.Chocolate tart with jerusalem artichoke ice cream. Jerusalem artichoke ice cream is a thing of beauty and would definitely be copied in my kitchen if it wasn't for the fact that I bet it is a real fiddle to make. Its bad enough preparing an artichoke let alone then getting the intensity of flavour into an ice cream. I'm impressed. Nougatine was well made with a nice sharp coulis but not my cup of tea when either rum or chocolate are on offer. It was only on the way out that I noticed the bar. Its more of a lounge than a bar with a big open fire and fat welcoming sofas. The cocktail list is comprehensive and its definitely worth a visit regardless of whether you're dining.8/10London House7-9 Battersea Square, London. SW110207 5928545
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  2. Over the past few years Gordon Ramsay has had a lot stick for some of his restaurants, and sometimes unlikeable TV personality. I myself have never quite given up on the man. So far I've enjoyed all of his London restaurants (of that I've been to) and to me that's all that matters. Up until recently he's hit the London press yet again, this time with the opening of London House in Battersea - and a new haircut, which frankly looks as though he had an encounter with a tiny lawn mower...
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  3. Published : Wednesday, 9th April 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: London House, Battersea

    London House is the latest restaurant from Gordon Ramsay Holdings, adding to their current portfolio of twelve restaurants in the UK. It’s located on a rather unassuming main road in Battersea, in a building that’s seen numerous failed attempts at success as an oyster bar, a Greek restaurant and an All Bar One to name but a few. It’s a handsomely designed restaurant split into several different mini dining rooms. The tables were adorned with white linen tablecloths but the lively background music, and the fact pretty much every other table had a baby sitting at it, meant the atmosphere was certainly not stuffy. It all felt very yummy mummy, yah...
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  • Address: Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA
  • Telephone: 020 3544 0797
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  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 6-10pm Fri-Sat 12N-2.30pm (Sat -3pm) Sun 12N-3pm 6-9.30pm

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