The Christmas party season has firmly taken hold…I have meals coming out of my ears and no money left in my bank account! One of my annual get-togethers was last Friday. It’s not easy to find a restaurant that everyone will like, that is easy to get to for everyone no matter where they live in London, that can give you a table for 15 people and who can give you a reasonably priced menu and good food. However, I managed to find one…Brunswick House Café in Vauxhall.
Housed in a beautiful Georgian building amongst the Lassco reclamation yard on Wandsworth Road, right next to Vauxhall roundabout, it isn’t somewhere that you would automatically think of going. You need to make the trip to go there but my goodness its worth it, this place is beautiful!
When I arrived it was dark so my photos aren’t of the best quality I’m afraid. But all you need to do is have a look on Google images to see it in all its magnificent glory. As you enter through the stunning huge, heavy front doors you find yourself in a quirky, low-lit bar.
When you walk through the bar into the restaurant, the first thing you notice is the ceiling which is hung with huge chandeliers and several quirky light fittings. At the back of the room is a stage. The seating comprises of mis-matched reclaimed vintage benches and chairs, every available space is filled with antiques, the more eccentric, the better. The walls are adorned with giant antique mirrors and paintings. I loved it. It would actually be a fabulous venue for a party or wedding.
After a few glasses of prosecco and lots of catching up with each other, we ordered our food. I started with salsify fritters with a poached hen’s egg and picked beetroot which was absolutely delicious. Everything worked together beautifully and the egg added a lovely richness to it. If I had any complaints, I would have liked a slightly bigger portion. I could have easily had another plate of it, but then I’m greedy.
For my main course I went for the duck breast with roasted sprout colcannon, port and redcurrant. Again, this was lovely. The duck was perfectly cooked and the colcannon had nice chunky pieces of sprouts through it. The port and redcurrants gave the dish a rich sweetness.
A lot of my friends ordered the Blythburgh pork belly with apples, cauliflower and mustard shoots. This went down very well. The pork was juicy and tender and topped with good crunchy crackling.
For pudding I went for the chocolate and chestnut terrine. I quite liked this but my friend Joe didn’t like his at all, complaining about a burnt taste. Of course, once he said this, the burnt taste was all I could taste. To be honest though, it didn’t put me off it.
However, a lot of my friends opted for the lemon posset with pistachio shortbread which was wonderful. I really regretted not ordering this. It was smooth and creamy and not too tart. And the shortbread was beautifully buttery and crumbly.
Brunswick House Café is really a stunning place to eat. The staff were so fun and friendly and the food was lovely. It’s not really in the most convenient location but its only a 3 minute walk from Vauxhall station on the Victoria line or on the train, just a few minutes from Waterloo so its not that hard. It’s worth the trip.
Brunswick House Cafe
30 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2LG
020 7720 2926