Brunswick House: where food lights up the mood

Brunswick House is a Georgian mansion turned architectural salvage yard-slash-restaurant-slash-party venue-slash-bar-slash-cafe. As a South Londoner, I’ve seen and passed this building for a decade now, but I’ve not been in until this year.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreOutside is any landscape architect’s heaven. You can find – and purchase – all sorts of yard decor here, from statues to benches to water fixtures.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreBut inside the restaurant awaits a whole flight of fancy.

dsc00436-2You walk into the bar area, and you are greeted by a whole lotta light.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreLamps of all sorts, shapes, sizes and eras adorn the ceiling which makes up a beautifully quirky room.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreI mean, who wouldn’t want a giant shiny disco ball in their living room?

Chefs Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke run the kitchen. The restaurant serves modern British food with a menu that changes daily, reflecting seasons.

Here’s a few things I’ve tried so far.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreThe first dish I tried at Brunswick House was a rather inventive plate of chargrilled calçots. I was seriously wowed by the flavours. The calçots had a strong pungent flavour tamed by a creamy comte fonduta and a citrusy gremolata. I loved this dish and would definitely have it again if it ever reappears on the menu.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreI didn’t particularly enjoy the gurnard with monks beard, chevril and fennel. There wasn’t anything wrong with it in particular and the fish was actually cooked well. I just am not a fan of fennel which I found overpowering.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreI had a really good dish of braised ox cheeks served with marrow, spinach puree and watercress. The beef was celebrated in its richness and the cook on it was melt-in-your-mouth good.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreAnother stunning beef dish came in form of a seared bavette. Cooked beautifully, the beef juices just burst in my mouth. A puree of ceps and a handful of pine nuts rounded the dish perfectly and I was essentially mind blown.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next Shore Their take on the classic beef tartare was rather inventive. They used the bavette cut and added mussells to the mix. The beef was of stunning quality but I would’ve hoped for a bit more acidity and spice. There’s a smokiness to it that I liked, though.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreI’m not too keen on savoury mousses, but Brunswick House’s chicken liver offering knocked my socks off. Served with what I can describe as a homemade Dr Karg’s cracker, I’d happily lick the whole plate off again.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreThis salad of beetroot and watermelon is the perfect pick-me-upper. It’s essentially a vitamin smoothie on a plate with ragstone, sorrel and mint. It’s sweet yet savoury, and absolutely vibrant.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreA creamy burratina garnished with coco beans, lavash and chilli powder makes one of my favourites dishes in Brunswick House. I just loved the texture of the cheese and how flavoursome it had been in subtlety.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreI’m not a big fan of cured fish nor dill but Brunswick House’s cured trout with buttermilk and dill was a pleasant surprise.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreSpeaking of cured fish, here’s another dish which pleasantly surprised me. Cured mackerel with white aubergine and green olive tapenade. I’m surprised at how much I loved this plate.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreThe hake dish with lentils was a surprise. The lentils had a decent bite and a hint of lemon. It’s earthy and vibrant but the fish was still the star of the show.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreOh and please try those roasted potatoes. They’re not crispy-on-the-outside-fluffy-on-the-inside good, but they’re flavoursome good.

I’ve not really had a lot of dessert here.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreThere was this rich chocolate pud which had big bold hints of cumin and cinnamon. As much as I think cumin smells of BO, I love it in food… just not with choccy.

Brunswick House by The Girl Next ShoreThere was also this really yummy poached fruit dessert with some nectarine slices and a buttery sponge and coconut sorbet. It was an interesting dish of all sorts and was a texture party.

Verdict

Overall, I like Brunswick House and think the dishes they serve reflect the place itself. It’s quirky, it’s inventive, it’s imaginary, it’s brilliant! It’s a good spot to visit in South London, especially when you’re thinking of going with a group. Service is atypical to gastropubs except there’s a quirky warmth here. I’d say go and let them illuminate your meal!

Brunswick House
30 Wandsworth Rd, London SW8
Ave spend pp: £30
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12 Comments

  1. 31st October 2016 / 5:27 am

    Honey you always find the coolest places!! I love the quirky interiors and the food looks and sounds pretty darn good! Lusting over the burratina and the beetroot and xx

    • Honey de Gracia
      31st October 2016 / 7:58 pm

      The food was pretty good! That burratina was amazing! See you next week! x

    • Honey de Gracia
      31st October 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Hahaha literally such a good place for photos! x

  2. 31st October 2016 / 10:19 am

    I love how they’re doing innovative things with vegetables.

    • Honey de Gracia
      31st October 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Such an inventive menu! Loved it!

  3. 1st November 2016 / 7:58 am

    Those braised ox cheeks look so good, so glossy! Love a bit of marrow too #yum

    • Honey de Gracia
      5th November 2016 / 6:45 pm

      That was really good and amen on the marrow! x

  4. 1st November 2016 / 6:07 pm

    Pass this place all the time, for years and every time I keep saying I must go but never get around to it! Will deffo make sure I visit in the new year! Gary x

    • Honey de Gracia
      5th November 2016 / 6:45 pm

      Let me know if you’re planning to visit! It’s amazing!

  5. 9th November 2016 / 7:14 pm

    The braised ox cheeks look deeeeeelish! And I loved that cured trout – so fresh! Would love to go for brunch with you guys again soon, and commiserate over the world. xx

    • Honey de Gracia
      10th November 2016 / 6:34 pm

      It was so good! Yes let’s schedule a brunch in!

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