The Latchmere has been serving beer to Battersea residents and Theatre 503 goers for years but a swish take-over (by the owners of Northcote Road’s The Bolingbroke) and an extensive renovation is now attracting diners from further afield too. The new décor is contemporary but still complementary to the Victorian building’s traditional style. Pull up a stool around the centrepiece bar, relax into the aged-leather sofas or choose one of the varying-sized dining tables. Our table for two by the window was great for people watching inside and out. There was a young, fashionable (but not pretentious) crowd in on the Thursday evening we visited.
The menu features a choice of trendy-sounding salads (one has ‘crispy Hackney prosciutto’) and a succinct list of starters. My fellow diner and I shared a fantastically rich Chorizo Scotch egg with truffle mayonnaise and a delicate warm quinoa, harissa, halloumi and courgette salad.
The mains menu features tempting 7-hour pressed pork belly and fish dishes such as roast hake and beer-battered whiting. There’s a From the Grill section too, that kicks off with a sharing option of braised brisket, mac and cheese, jerk ribs and sweetcorn, spatchcock poussin and more. We ordered a juicy and tender 250g 28-day-aged rump steak, which comes with hand-cut chips and béarnaise or peppercorn sauce, and a huge potion of jerk baby back ribs with zesty chutney-esque pineapple salsa and crunchy sweetcorn. The jerk mixed with the salsa to create a contemporary carnival of taste. To our dismay, we couldn’t quite finish what was on our plates, but it’s great value for those with a big appetite.
We managed to make room, however, for dessert and opted for a fresh lemon tart to ‘cleanse the palette’; the decadent dollop of crème fraiche (delicious) on top of the tart was devoured with no excuse.
We enjoyed a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon and a Bordeaux Merlot with our meals, and there’s a good choice of spirits, ales and beers available too – including local microbrewery Sambrooks.
The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, Battersea SW11 3BW; 020 7223 3549