The Summerhouse

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"VERY GOOD"

13 reviews

60 Blomfield Road, Little Venice , London, W9 2PD

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020 7286 6752

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The Summerhouse
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SquareMeal Review of The Summerhouse

22

"VERY GOOD"

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.

The Summerhouse Location

60 Blomfield Road, Little Venice , London W9 2PD

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020 7286 6752

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Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-3.30pm 6-10.30pm Sat-Sun 10am-4.30pm 5.30-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)

The Summerhouse's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 7.7

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Service: 5.8

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Atmosphere: 7.8

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Value: 6.3

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 3

Platinum Reviewer
26 July 2017

The Summerhouse has become a much-loved Little Venice/Maida Vale institution, busy all year despite its name, and an undoubted improvement on its predecessor, The Boat House. The main attraction here is the bucolic view of the Grand Union, its passing barges and waterfowl. On a sunny summer’s evening, it was a perfect place to wind down and relax, although visits here in winter also bring that comforting feeling of being snug and sheltered from the elements outside. The angle at the Summerhouse is – perhaps unsurprisingly – fish, with the restaurant seeking in some ways to model itself on a Long Island venue (clam chowder is available). Starters range from £6-12 and mains from £17-30, so not obviously cheap, but with better-value options available for the more price conscious. Beyond the piscine, there are meat and vegetarian selections too. I began with Cornish crab and asparagus presented in a tomato shell and decorated with pea shoots. Both aesthetically and taste-wise the dish pleased. My dining comrade was somewhat more disappointed with his ‘popcorn shrimp’, which basically comprised deep-fried battered fish substance and a little pot of sweet chilli sauce, perhaps more reminiscent of an Aldi frozen offering than what one might in a nice restaurant. There were no complaints from either of us, however about the mains: a whole lemon sole for me and fishcakes for my comrade. The former was tender and flavoursome and paired well with hazelnut and tarragon mash as well as samphire; the latter showed a great balance between fish and potato in the cakes. We paired the meal with a lovely bottle of rose from the Provence, chosen from a reasonably innovative list. While generally a very enjoyable experience, the Summerhouse could do with working on its service: our server ignored my question about whether they had a dry sherry on the list; our dishes were brought and cleared with almost no ceremony, and my still-full wine glass whisked away at the meal’s end before it was finished. These niggles won’t stop the crowds coming, so best to book and enjoy, whatever the time of the year.

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 0

07 July 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.

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 1

07 July 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. Gave myself neck ache with all the twisting around I had to do to get service for starters, drinks, mains and dessert. Very inexperienced staff and when complained I was informed they had trainees working. The Manager is very dismissive but did offer my son a strawberry non alcoholic cocktail which I appreciated, until I saw it on the bill for £5. The only thing going for this place is the lovely canal side setting and it is that for which you pay dearly. It is so overpriced, average fish and chip shop standard and dire service.

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