Restaurant Review: Source Battersea

River views and a commitment to locally sourced ingredients make this venue a real south London treasure

I’m a north London girl – always have been and probably always will be – but I recently moved south and know pretty much nothing about my new area, specifically suitable date locations. Exploring my new stomping ground has been fun, and it was this exploration that led me to Source Battersea on a Wednesday evening in March.

Source is located on the water’s edge in a picturesque dock close to Battersea Park. It gets its name through its ethos that all ingredients are locally sourced – you can view a full list of suppliers on the restaurant’s website. It also has its own bottled spring water, the proceeds for which go to towards Magic Breakfast, a local charity that ensures free and healthy breakfasts are provided to schools where the children arrive too hungry to learn.

The restaurant is traditionally British, with lots of glass allowing for lovely views over the dock. It provided a cosy atmosphere and welcome shelter from what was a miserable, cold evening outside, but would be lovely on a summer evening or lunchtime, when you could fully appreciate the view.

As a vegetarian I’m always relieved when presented with a menu that has clearly had some thought put into the meat-free dishes, as opposed to the default broad bean risotto that restaurants usually seem to rely on (I’m sure other veggies can relate). I eagerly ordered the artichoke bake, served with Comté cheese and toast; while it tasted amazing and felt very indulgent, it was possibly a bit too much for a starter in my opinion. Thankfully my date, who’d had the ham hock to start and is a typical man, was more than willing to finish it for me.

For mains I had the sweet potato gnocchi, which was hands-down the best gnocchi I’ve ever eaten. It was served with purple broccoli, almonds and scamorza cheese, a well-thought-out and original combination that tasted amazing. My date had the grilled lamb, which again impressed and was served with aubergine caponata, potatoes and ricotta.

We took the waiter’s recommendation and enjoyed a bottle (OK, nearer two bottles) of the Viognier, which went well with all courses. Despite being completely full from my starter and main I always seem to struggle to say no to dessert, so we ordered the pear sorbet and the Earl Grey crème brûlée. The sorbet was divine, while the crème brûlée was creamy but not too heavy.

This is the type of restaurant you could go to for lunch or dinner any day of the week and is definitely smart enough (without being too formal) to be a “meet the parents” lunch venue –assuming, of course, I ever get to the point with someone where meeting the parents is on the cards.

I’m seeing my date again this week, so who knows? Battersea might not turn out to be so bad after all…

www.sourcebattersea.com

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