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This cheerful piscine veteran has been plying its trade in Waterloo for the best part of two decades, & its enduring appeal is apparent in the nostalgic, white-tiled interiors, welcoming service & easy-on-the-conscience seafood. Everything is ethically & sustainably sourced where possible, & diners wax lyrical about the freshness of the ingredients as well as the kitchen’s finesse when it comes to execution & presentation. Fish soup makes a ‘wholesome & belly-warming’ beginning, massive shellfish platters are available to share, & main courses can be enjoyed grilled, roasted or steamed (perhaps cod on bubble & squeak with a veal reduction) – although thick chips are reckoned to be a ‘little steep’ at £3.95. Finish with tangy lemon tart or a decadent chocolate ‘bomb’ (when it’s on). Easy-drinking whites dominate the affordable wine list.

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43 The Cut ,London SE1 8LF

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May 2011

I visited Livebait Waterloo for lunch with my Pa and my new Step-Mummy the day after their wedding in Poole, Dorset. At the Hotel du Vin we drank and gorged until our mouths overflowed, then we crammed a little more in, sent it on its way with glasses of Pinot Noir and then toasted with a glass of Chapel Down Pinot Reserve Sparkling Wine. Later, we further evaporated two bottles of Chianti, another glass each of Pinot Noir, grappas (oh dear!), and if I recall correctly, a nightcap of Gonzalez sherry. The...

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

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