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Don’t be fooled by the seasonal moniker: The Summerhouse is now open right through the year – by popular demand. Dreamily located by the banks of Little Venice, just a skip from its sibling The Waterway, this breezy venue offers canal-side dining “with a Cape Cod influence” and sunny echoes of a Long Island beach retreat. Seafood is the main culinary event, with New England clam chowder and popcorn shrimps alongside seared scallops with truffled leeks and pancetta crisps, Canadian lobster with potato salad or beer-battered haddock and chips. Salads, mezze and steaks also get an airing, along with some “outstanding” desserts – perhaps pear and almond tart or spiced rice pudding with caramelised bananas. Drinks include international wines and seasonal refreshers such as River Cruise (Grey Goose vodka, Southern Comfort, amaretto, orange juice and grenadine). The Summerhouse has its own moorings, if you fancy turning up by boat.

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The Summerhouse

60 Blomfield Road, Little Venice ,London W9 2PD

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Overpriced and awful service!

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Jul 2013

Glorified fish and chips restaurant. Trainees servicing confirmed by management. Dismissive, poor service and will never return again! It relies on a very gorgeous canal side setting and that is what you pay dearly for.

Jill H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 1

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The Summerhouse

60 Blomfield Road, Little Venice ,London W9 2PD

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Inexperienced staff dismissive manager and overpriced

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Jul 2013

Food is glorified fish and chip shop standard. Annoying seating policy, had booked canal side table and called to re confirm to arrive and be told it's first come first served. We were plonked in the middle at the back and asked to move one table over to end seat and before we even got to order drinks we were told we will probably have to move when it gets busier. Food is ok, Seashells fish and chip shop in Lisson Grove far better, tables by canal came vacant and stayed vacant for most of our stay....

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Jill H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 2

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60 Blomfield Road, Little Venice ,London W9 2PD

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by   silver reviewer (22)

Dec 2012

Having had to do a few errands in St Johns Wood and then settle down for lunch in this delightful part of Little Venice, certainly makes London seem the best of all worlds especially on a surprisingly sunny November's day. This very same location, so many years ago was in its previous and less salubrious form known as Jason's, and so it was quite a revelation to step into a bright and inspiring canal-side venue which reminds one more of San Francisco's Fishermans's wharf or other. The decor at Summerhouse...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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60 Blomfield Road, Little Venice ,London W9 2PD

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Oct 2012

We found the Summerhouse earlier in 2012 wanting a change from some of our regular haunts and have been regulars ever since. The overall ambiance we enjoy night or day, the nautical theme is great on a sunny day, but can be equally interesting on a dark evening if sitting on the terraced area, you may even feel like you are on a boat. We have taken many of our overseas friends here as well and they have been impressed too by this new find. The food is consistently very good and the quantity generous,...

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Justin G.'s rating

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

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60 Blomfield Road, Little Venice ,London W9 2PD

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Aug 2012

I stumbled upon the Summerhouse while walking around Little Venice with my sister-in-law and her two children before an afternoon event. Saturday lunchtime (25 August) and the place was about half full. We were seated immediately at a table by the window overlooking the road, which suited us very well. The staff were extremely polite and welcoming, despite that arriving with a 9 and 15 year old may have put some off. Henry was given a children's menu, a colouring sheet and a jug of crayons, while...

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Paul D.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 6

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60 Blomfield Road, Little Venice ,London W9 2PD

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Mar 2012

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A stunning venue on a sunny afternoon spoiled by incompetent management. Table for 4 had booked at 1.30 for Sunday lunch. Left standing around until 1.55. Asked for water with slices of lime and a filter coffee with milk on the side. The water and coffee arrived; the lime and milk didn't and had to be reordered. There is no bread unless one has pita bread which is clearly ony purchased to accompany a mezze for 2 (which couln't be ordered for 3). The two fish pies were short on fish and long on...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 3

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60 Blomfield Road, Little Venice ,London W9 2PD

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by   bronze reviewer (13)

Aug 2011

We visited The Summerhouse for Sunday lunch today, our first visit since last summer. Good news for Richard E… Things may have greatly improved since his last visit. We were almost put off from going, but decided we would check it out for ourselves. A lovely warm afternoon, we booked a late table and decided on reading other reviews, not to get too hung up on a waterfront table. We had a friendly welcome from a vaguely familiar looking maitre d', and were shown to a table inside, which actually...

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Noreen C.'s rating

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

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60 Blomfield Road, Little Venice ,London W9 2PD

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by   platinum reviewer (152)

May 2011

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

May 2011 It is always difficult returning to a favoured restaurant to find it changed. I went to the Summerhouse a couple of times last year are really liked its relaxed atmosphere and laid back nosh, as you can see from the review below. How times have changed. I went again on a Bank Holiday Monday. We had a late booking, but arrived a bit early. The place was heaving. Nonetheless, we were seated straight away. I had asked, when booking, if we could get a waterside table, but was told that there...

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Richard E.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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60 Blomfield Road, Little Venice ,London W9 2PD

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Jan 2011

I am sad that The Summerhouse has closed for winter as this was my no 1 restaurant up until October. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere next to the canal reminds me of my home in Amsterdam. I hope that it does not change too much when it reopens this summer.

Clare W.'s rating

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

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60 Blomfield Road, Little Venice ,London W9 2PD

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Jul 2010

Finally went for dinner for the first time. What a great location! I understand why it is hard to get a table there, The view is amazing and that sea side restaurant feel takes you away from central London. Great for a nice romantic dinner. The food is lovely and the service simple, friendly and professional. Will definitely go back! V

Vincent B.'s rating

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

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