Annie’s in Barnes has become one of the area’s favourite restaurants  – find out why a trip to this long-established local will keep everyone smiling 

If you live in Barnes, chances are you will have visited Annie’s at least once or twice. This friendly destination offers the quintessential ‘local restaurant’ experience for those who reside in SW13, and whether you visit for coffee, cocktails, lunch, dinner or a Sunday roast, the welcome is always warm and the food is always tempting. 

Brand-new on the menu when we visited was rotisserie chicken, which owner Lorraine is extremely proud of. It’s easy to see why – the bird came roasted in herbs de Provence, and was marvellously succulent and flavoursome. Simple accompaniments of sweet potato fries, watercress and lemon aioli completed a plate of summer dining perfection. Across the table, a special of sea bass was also expertly cooked, whilst first courses of twice baked goat’s cheese soufflé and frilled halloumi salad had provided a light and tasty start.

All this food is obviously lovely, but what makes the trip to Annie’s special is the place itself – décor is eclectic and stylish, and provides the perfect backdrop for a lunch with friends or romantic dinner. Lorraine picks up bits and pieces for all three of her restaurants herself (in addition to the Barnes site, there’s Annie’s in Chiswick, and Richmond’s Rock and Rose), and you’re just as likely to find yourself sitting on a hot-pink velvet sofa as you are next to a glamorous beaded lampshade or vase of beautiful blooms.

There’s a pretty and secluded courtyard garden where you can soak up the sun with a cocktail (it’s happy hour from 5-7pm, Monday to Friday) or kick-start the day with a hearty breakfast – avocado and poached eggs on sourdough caught our eye, so we’ll be sure to visit earlier in the day next time. Happy feasting!

36-38 White Hart Lane, Barnes SW13 0PZ; 020 8878 2020;

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