The Summerhouse

Fish, Gastropub, Mediterranean·

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Fish, Gastropub, Mediterranean
Food Occasions
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Waterside
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions


Don’t be fooled by the seasonal moniker: The Summerhouse is open right through the year – by popular demand. Dreamily located by the banks of Little Venice at the Grand Union Canal, 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.

Inside you'll find a beach lover's paradise, resplendent in beachy touches and nautical decor. The colour theme of sea blue and white really leans into the theme, as do the navy and white striped banquettes and exposed brick white walls. There's even an impressive collection of beige and blue beach themed trinkets and statement pieces in the light and airy dining room. Exiting the main room onto the terrace provides an excellent view of the charming narrow boats. 

Seafood is the name of the game here and it's available in just about every shape and size you can imagine. Fish and chips here are legendary, as is the whole baked sea bass, served with green beans, almond butter and sauteed new potatoes, and the Mediterranean king prawns, which are pan fried with chilli and coriander butter. 

Kick things off with some of the famous traditional popcorn shrimps with sweet chilli sauce, or if you're not in the mood for sea snacks, opt for chilled Spanish tomato soup with iberico ham, or some irresistible burrata. There's then the option to choose between Mediterranean sharing plates, salads, shellfish and mains, before taking your pick from Eton mess, knickerbocker glory and a cheeseboard to round things off. 

The Summerhouse is the ideal way to get that summer feeling while remaining close to home. And if you feel more at home on the water, don't despair - you'll find that the restaurant even has its own moorings. 


Can you arrive by boat?

Yes, there are places to moor your boat

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Are there any non-fish or seafood options?

Yes, there are plenty of meat and vegetarian options

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60 Blomfield Road, Maida Vale, London, W9 2PD

020 7286 6752 020 7286 6752


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-23:00
Tue 12:00-23:00
Wed 12:00-23:00
Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 10:00-23:00
Sun 10:00-22:30


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18 Reviews 

Martin G

23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5



Lorna B

23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

Excellent, food, wine and service with a unique canalside ambiance.  A good local clientele and very few tourists.  Reliably good and excellent value for money.  Particularly pleasant in spring and summer but worth a visit in winter

Shyanika B

26 July 2019  
Food & service needs improving despite beautiful setting.


22 July 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
Great Venue

Great resturant in an amazing location. Food is really good, service is good, atmosphere is great, nothing else to say

Lulu S

22 January 2019  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Consistently Brilliant!
A firm fav for business meetings

Alex G

26 July 2017  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
Canal-side dining – all year round
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.

Jill H

07 July 2013  
Food & Drink 3
Service 1
Atmosphere 3
Value 0.5
Overpriced and awful service!
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

07 July 2013  
Food & Drink 3
Service 1
Atmosphere 3
Value 1
Inexperienced staff dismissive manager and overpriced
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.

Wins N

12 December 2012  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
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 is ubiquitous with light wood and sea-faring trinkets and memorabilia, but not so much as to be overwhelming as just to bring enough interest and delight into what seemed to be the perfect waterside venue. There are rows of tables for two which are right by the canal whilst another part centres around an airier atrium-like area with bench seating to one side. In keeping with a light lunch we had soup and mussels which were perfectly delivered, both the food and service, which incidentally was suitably unhurried for such a venue. A glass of red wine seemed to go rather well as the sunshine shone through much of the restaurant, making if feel a million miles away from any of the London bustle. Afterwards, we strolled back to Maida Vale before eventually returning to more errands in St Johns Wood. Overall a definite one to revisit as a regular whenever one has the time to lunch in this delightful neighbourhood.

Justin G

04 October 2012  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5
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, but do save room for the Banoffee Pie, it's the best of several pudding choices. We haven't fully explored the complete wine list but it has good variety and pricing. Service is consistently very good in our experience here. Being located by the canal, it also provides access to a pleasant walk after eating. Finally the best news is that the Summerhouse is now open all year round.
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