Food and drink
Brown shrimp salad with watercress, croutons and soft-boiled egg is a delicious plate of punchy flavours and noticeably spiced with rarely-seen mace. If you want something more substantial, the slow-roast lamb with flageolet beans is a winner. The seasonal fruit crumbles (rhubarb and ginger, for example) are better than you’ll find in many a restaurant or gastropub. They take great care over their drinks, too, knocking out everything from quality cappuccinos to a restorative whisky sour (I had a cold last time I was there, honestly, it was medicinal).
French doors along the front provide charming views of water and parkland –this is the closest London gets to Sydney’s iconic Bathers Pavilion at Balmoral Beach. Sadly, they can’t do anything about the weather.
Order at the bar and the food is courteously brought to your table.
It's a long way from the tube station, but very handy if you're in the area, enjoying the park or attending a concert at the Albert Hall.
If you simply wanted toast and tea you could spend less than a fiver, pizzettes are £4.50-£5.50, and main courses £6-£14.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Sporty types
- Great views / scenery
- No fuss
- Chilling out