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|Address:||174 Northcote Road, London SW11 6RE|
|Tel:||020 3544 6856|
|Price: £39.00||Wine: £14.50||Champagne: £35.95|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 11am-11pm (Thurs-Fri -12M) Sat 10am-12M (Sun -10.30pm)|
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The Bolingbroke knows its market and targets it well: children. Possibly even run by very clever, high-achieving children like those who run Haribo, Cheerios and that toilet paper company I can't now remember. Hell, even the home page of the website shows a pair of children reaching for a plate of muffins. The “pub & dining room” element has been firmly kicked to the bottom of the agenda. It didn't bother me too much on my visit as we were here at lunchtime and sat up on high bar stools out of the reach of any sticky fingers (although I should say the children are all very well behaved and surely well drilled in stranger danger so unlikely to accost anyone). Mummy's helping hand has clearly been roped in on the decor: elegant, grown up muted greens (very soothing colour for kids apparently), wooden floors (wipe clean), and big windows (plenty of light for colouring by). Shame they didn't get mummy's nanny/chef into the kitchen. Whilst my chips were smoking hot, the steak in my steak sandwich was lukewarm; and although it had good flavour and was beautifully pinkly cooked, it was a bit chewy in places and extremely difficult to bite through. I caused such a mess with bits flopping out onto my plate or down my chin (bring that girl a bib!) that I ended up deconstructing the sandwich and eating it with my knife and fork. Although we are old enough to drink alcohol (twice over), we stuck to cokes as we needed clear post-lunch heads, so I can't comment on the range/quality of booze, a key element in most boozers, though perhaps not this one. Service was friendly and food/drink was reasonably priced. The Bolingbroke is very pleasant but not somewhere I'd highly recommend, unless of course you are a yummy mummy of Nappy Valley (or her adorable offspring) in which case it is right up your street.