The Summerhouse

John Gregory-Smith ON May 07, 2010 AT 9:25 am

The Summerhouse

By John Gregory-Smith

Ok, so sometimes you just like everything about a place… and this is exactly what I felt about The Summerhouse. From the food to the service to the view to the fish wallpaper in the toilets, it’s all just very cool!  

I popped in for lunch and accidently ended staying all afternoon. It felt like being on holiday. You can tell I am from London when a canal and a few ducks make me feel miles away, like Oxford, but somehow better as the tube stop was round the corner!

The restaurant is lovely inside, a bit boat-like, but a good boat nonetheless. It’s instantly inviting with little tables sitting alongside the canals of Little Venice and a tiny bar to have your drinks at. We kicked off with clam chowder and calamari. The chowder was smoky, rich and literally packed with potatoes, bacon and shellfish really tasty whereas the crispy calamari was as expected; crispy, crunchy, chewy, salty and delicious. Plus they served it with a fresh tartar sauce which brought it to life for me. 

For our mains we went exclusively “cake”; aka risotto and fish. I had the sunblushed tomato and mozzarella risotto cakes. It was a bit under seasoned for me but still enjoyable. It was like food art; scattered with purple pea shoots and swirly drizzles of a green pesto sauce and a red pepper sauce. The fish cakes were perfect; full of fish. This sounds odd but so often fish cake equals potato and a tiny bit of miscellaneous, tinned cat food like stuff which isn’t ideal. However, these were bursting with real salmon and served with fresh Asparagus and a light hollandaise sauce.

Feeling incredibly full we all looked at the menu and decided what we might have had for dessert. Well, we decided against carrying on that train of thought and actually ordered something rather than speculating! In the end we had beautifully tart lemon tart with raspberries and Pimms jelly with ice cream. After much debate about how grim I thought jelly and ice cream was, I was thinking rank school dinners, I was proved very wrong indeed. This was a beautifully set jelly bursting with all the fruit from a great glass of Pimms and served with a vanilla ice cream. It was so good; Epsom College obviously had a long way to go!

We settled in for the afternoon, sampling a few of their summery cocktail inventions and taking in the London version of the country side, all-in-all a perfect summer afternoon!

The Summerhouse is open April to October for brunch, lunch and dinner. It’s a fantastic place to send some time and being England they are equipt for rain.

The Summerhouse, opposite 60 Blomfield Road, London W9 2PA

020 7286 6752

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