Foxlow Balham 1

15-19 Bedford Hill , London, SW12 9EX

020 7680 2700

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SquareMeal Review of Foxlow Balham

Foxlow is the kind of joint that every neighbourhood should have. Friendly service, a relaxed atmosphere and crowd-pleasing dishes are hallmarks of this mini-chain, which is a spin-off from the mighty Hawksmoor dynasty set up by Will Beckett and Huw Gott. The duo have a knack for creating venues with shared style, but without cookie-cutter sameness, giving each branch of Foxlow a unique character. Menus major on popular chicken and steak options - think finger-licking Tamworth spare ribs with green slaw, a juicy chicken burger with avocado, and perfectly cooked sirloin steak with fries and béarnaise - plus interesting veggie choices, such as spice-roasted cauliflower with chickpeas, wilted spinach and curried aubergine sauce. Separate kids’ menus, good value express deals (two courses for £12) and the popular brunch menu score further points with readers; with one fan declaring it “the best brunch ever!” Drinks meanwhile range from creative softs, like fresh grapefruit soda, to craft beers and well-priced wines. Meanwhile cocktails, including the Hawksmoor classic Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew, are impeccably made. Speaking of, the downstairs Owl Bar is worth a visit for post-dinner drinks. 

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9.0

Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 8.5

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Tammy K. bronze reviewer 06 February 2016

Foxlow is a favourite haunt of ours - love that they have recently changed the menu so we had fun trying new dishes. Love the staff here - they really make the place feel like home.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Timothy P. silver reviewer 18 December 2015

A group of 6 ate dinner midweek; booked for 7.45 and had a table ready. We were at the rear in what is mainly a cocktails area, with dining tables around the walls. It was very noisy - we had to talk loudly to each other all the way through the meal (we left at 10.40). it did improve somewhat when several groups in for drinks left, but some form of sound insulation, perhaps on the ceiling, would be an excellent idea. Anyway, we ordered a variety of starters - pepper squid, smoked salmon with spicy bits of chili, and burrata with a chopped sorrel surround; all fresh and tasted good. Then steaks, most sirloin and 1 ribeye; at 250g they were well-sized (in fact I got a doggy-bag for a portion); properly cooked to order on a hot grill; the greens special was Brussel sprouts still on the stem plus the leaves - interesting, though the stem was not edible! Good choice of wines, reasonably priced (we had a Hacienda Grimon at £36; actually we had 3 of them). Service was well-informed and efficient.

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