Source - A great little Battersea local

Source Battersea, is perched on the river with uninterrupted views of our beautiful City from the water’s edge. The d├ęcor is bang on trend, stripped back walls, engineered lighting, exposed brick and plenty of rustic wooden features and furniture. Source is one of those places that just oozes effortless ‘cool’ and I found myself snapping a few pics for ideas for our own home.

Source's food is local, British produce and always seasonal. The dining room sits upon its very own water well, hence the name ‘source’ and from here the restaurant serves its filtered water from -  you can’t get more local than that! They also source local and unusual ales.

To start off with, and whilst deciding on what to fill our tummies with, we were given a complimentary amuse bouche of cubed and breaded pork rillettes - I think?! I was in the (rather funky) loos when the description was given!  My fellow diner ‘Charmers’ kindly asked for the exact ingredients for the ‘blogs purpose’, however, it has somewhat slipped my mind (sorry C!). It was delicious, perfectly tender and very flavoursome!

Off on a good start and looking at the easy to grasp menu (6 or so starters and the same for mains) we were ready to order pretty swiftly. I am a lover of seafood, especially at the moment and the crab toast caught my eye for a starter. This came sat upon a large wedge of crunchy seeded toast and served with a refreshing courgette and fennel salad. The crab was wonderfully fresh and plentiful.

Two around the table went for what is now becoming Source’s signature starter of artichoke dip which was incredibly cheesy, oozy, yummy and naughty! A great combination and strong flavours, one of those dishes that would be an immediate crowd pleaser if served back home.

Scallops were served with their ‘best friend’ black pudding but also alongside a small serving of quinoa, which was also thoroughly enjoyed – I am yet to come across a really ‘radical’ way of serving scallops that aren’t with black pudding!

Mains came in good time once our plates were cleared. Miss Adam chose lamb onglet with giant Israeli cous cous which looked lovely and a great dish if one was after something a bit lighter.

Charmers went for the other lamb option on the menu which was served with calvolo nero and a potato gratin and came perfectly pink.

Mr D had pork (served slightly pink), new potatoes and a bright green relish with truffle running through the dish, which, as I was a terrible blogger this evening I don’t recall the exact ingredients as I didn’t photograph the menu – sorry! It was juicy, tender and the portion size was perfect. I hate it when you come out of a restaurant feeling ripped off, but then again, I also can’t deal with seeing a plate full of too much food and this was just so.

On my ploy to turn into a fish I had the gurnard, Jerusalem artichoke puree, mushrooms and onions and an additional saide of Kale with anchovies. The fish, again plentiful, cooked with a crisp skin was delicious and went well with accompanying veg a great mix of flavour, texture and colour – a well-rounded dish and one I am sure would satisfy all fish lovers.

We shared three puds between us, which were all of equal yumminess. The fondant however, stood out by a country mile mainly as I LOVE peanuts and the nutty taste was definitely apparent! It was one of those warming puds that feel like a good old hug!

Treacle Tart, Pecans, Sour Cream Ice Cream

Chocolate Fondant, Peanut and Toasted Marshmallow

Rhubarb, Ginger Ice Cream, Praline Shortbread

Source is a wonderful addition for Battersea residents and I hope this sets off a small trickle for more local restaurants to follow in its footsteps. Not only a good destination for its expertly sourced and cooked simple foods, the bar area is fantastic and the location is rather special, it’s a little romantic haven, in which you feel like you could be anywhere else but a city.

Address: Ransomes Dock, 35-37 Parkgate Rd, London SW11 4NP

Phone:020 7350 0555

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