With the first Sunday Lunch Club taking place at the somewhat underwhelming Crooked Well in Camberwell, we were on the lookout for another South London pub to satisfy our Sunday cravings. Having accidentally left planning to last minute we were slightly limited to choice and ended up at The Latchmere in Battersea.
Part of the London-based company the Three Cheers Pub Company, The Latchmere lives in one of Battersea’s most beautiful buildings which has recently been restored to create a homely public house and garden. We headed down for a half 12 lunch to check it out.
The menu presented some pleasant surprises including chorizo ‘scotch eggs’, seared scallops served with pancetta and a spicy horseradish ‘gazpacho’, and pig’s head & ham hock croquette.
We all got excited by the prospect of a warm runny yolk scotch egg so three out of the four dining ordered one to start. If you ignore the naff piece of slate it was presented on, you’ll find exactly what we wished for. A chicken egg encased in a layer of flavoursome chorizo meat, deep fried creating a beautifully crisp shell. The 1950s coronation mayonnaise and rocket garnish added to the dish, complimenting the scotch egg.
The fourth guest chose the fishcake which he said was enjoyable. Unfortunately the dish contained a small corner of packaging in it, which we later learnt was the paper used for the fish and chips. At the time our first thought was that it wasn’t homemade, but alas we were assured it was!
As it was Sunday, a roast was on the cards! I got in trouble for ordering fish & chips but having visited Blacklock (the chops cooked over charcoal restaurant) the night before, I was all meat-ed out!
For me, the beer battered hake, served with pea purée, tartare sauce and hand cut chips perfectly hit the spot. A huge, flaky piece of fish arrived in newspaper cover wrap (remember the stuff we found in the fishcake?) alongside loads of delicious skin-on-fries, and two ramekins of mushy peas and chunky tartare sauce. Apart from the fact it filled me up too quickly, I couldn’t fault it – very tasty.
Two of our party ordered the roast beef and the other chose the pork belly. Both roasts came with ALL the trimmings, including the biggest Yorkshire pudding I have ever seen, red cabbage and peas.
The grain-fed beef was a topside cut, taken from the round of the cow. This tends to be one of the leanest, fat-free cuts of beef which makes for a succulent mouthful of slightly pink meat. Balanced on a bed of roast potatoes and swimming in gravy it was nicely presented.
The Gloucester Old Spot pork belly was successfully fatty covered in crackling and accompanied with apple sauce. Good roasts all around.
If you have any suggestions for part 3 of our Sunday Lunch Club (preferably south of the river) then comment below – many thanks!
ADDRESS: 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW
CONTACT: 020 7223 3549
OPENING HOURS: 11am – 11pm Monday to Thursday, 11am – 12am Friday and Saturday and 11am – 10.30pm on Sundays