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The Waterfront is a stylish and sophisticated pub on the Thames Bank, priding itself on plush decor, an excellent range of drinks and superior food.

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By Andrew M.

Honestly, I'm not sure what the previous anonymous is talking about. The Waterfront has so much potential with a great location, a great decor and layout, but unfortunately it's been spoilt by bad service, extortionate pricing and terrible food which is cold. Even worse, the hollandaise sauce was from a squeeze bottle! If you do go to The Waterfront, don't bother eating.

By S.

If you're looking for a nice evening out then Waterfront's worth a look. We went there a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it - the food was good and the portions generous.

Had a really nice waiter too (very friendly and attentive) which always helps. I think we'll probably head back to Waterfront again some time soon.

By S.

What the hell is the last guy on?! If you let manic depressives review places then they should have been given their usual quota of happy pills, otherwise you end up having to listen to the drivel so clearly evident below.

I have been drinking in the Waterfront for a long time and know it to be a brilliant little place with a great atmosphere. If you’re in the area, check out The Waterfront yourself, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

By S.

Waterfront? Water waste of time more like. The beers are average, the atmosphere crabby, the staff miserable, and the prices so steep you need crampons. There are plenty of other places that resist the urge to offend all of the five senses, so I’d advise you take yourself to one of those and avoid the Waterfront.

By Samantha B.

I am not even sure if its worth rating it one star. Terrible service the worst I have ever had in London. Once someone at the bar offered to go and serve me a drink himself! It's over priced. The good is AWFUL. Small portions. My fish cakes were still part frozen. Typical chain pub. The worst part for me is the owner or managers who look at you like rubbish when you walk in. Unfortunately I get to live near this place but trust me I won't be going back. Ever. I have told all my friends who live here to avoid it too. I just found the Gazete restaurant further along tucked away which was fabulous and I recommend Gazete over this try hard chain pub with terrible service and terrible food. Don't bother!

By Tanya K.

I love it. Best place to go with friends to eat or to have a drink in that area. Great atmosphere, interesting design with spaces for large crowd and romantic dinner for two. You should try traditional dishes there it is delicious! I have recommended this place to few friends and received many thanks from them. Go there you are not going to be disappointed!

By Paul M.

Now that the Waterfront has had time to "beddown" its well worth a visit/revisit, Having taken a few groups of friends for Lunch (Sunday) and Dinner (Saturday) I have to say the food is very good value for money and high quality. As with most Young's pubs the wine list is more than accessible, with a nice choice of decent wines. Beers/lagers are fine too; one of the few places to serve Peroni on tap (come on you PizzaExpress fans!) Add to that the modern hotel reception feel, friendly staff and its a cool place to meet, eat and chill. Cool beats and uptempo music add to the "young" feel... During the summer (should we ever have another one!) its a great place to sit riverside and watch the world drift by...

By Ansa Helen B.

I regularly eat out and dine in the Battersea Wandsworth Clapham area and when I discovered this I found it was amazing. I first stumbled across it when walking along the river in the new Battersea Reach development. So we popped in for a drink it was really warm and cosy with a real gas fire. Next time we came along for a casual meal and were delighted with our pork belly and duck breast. The service is impeccable everyone had a smile and just eager to serve. The surroundings are amazing with massive chandeliers and stunning views of the river. Its one of our favorite local bars now. Helen Battersea

By Samantha J.

Hidden away in an enviable spot right on the banks of the Thames, pub group Young’s seem to have done it again with The Waterfront. An effortless blend of relaxed atmosphere, hearty food and a something-for-everyone drinks list, this just might be Battersea’s best-kept secret.

The Venue
If you hadn’t checked the map and checked it again, and weren’t absolutely sure you were heading towards the river, you’d probably turn around and give up trying to find The Waterfront. Slap bang amongst the stylish Battersea Reach development, you’ll pass between seemingly endless apartment buildings before you start to notice signs to this riverside pub. It blends well with its surroundings, with glass windows all the way around the building and decking outside the front. There’s plenty of seating inside and out, with a mix of rich reds and warm chocolate browns running through the interior. The bar is central and booth-style seating, as well as more formal restaurant tables, surround it.

The Atmosphere
On a rainy day, this bar is a quiet retreat with perhaps a few locals unwinding with a pint, but as soon as the sun comes out, it’s the only place to be. With views across the Thames, this is an incredibly popular pub for summertime drinking (once you’ve found it). Soft lighting, plush seating and friendly staff, who manage to remain simultaneously relaxed and professional, make this a really lovely place to be.

The Food
As with all Young’s pubs, traditional British fare with a focus on seasonal produce is prominent, with plenty of choice for even the fussiest of eaters. Starters include spicy crispy squid with garlic mayonnaise (£6.95) and English asparagus topped with herbed breadcrumbs and a poached egg (£5.60). The latter offers fresh, al dente asparagus (perfect) with a deliciously runny egg and plenty of salad to beef it up. Mains like Young’s own steak and ale pie (£11.95), with incredibly tender steak and a huge helping of buttery mash, and glazed confit of duck with bok choi and chilli soy sauce (£12.95) work well alongside vegetable stack burgers (£9.75) and moules mariniere (£11.50). Desserts are all £5.50 and the banoffee pie is not to be missed.

The Drink
From beers to spirits, wine and cocktails, there’s something to keep everyone happy. House wine starts at £14.90 a bottle, with a 175ml glass being just £3.90, and beers include favourites such as Peroni (£4.18 a pint) and Heineken (£3.83 a pint), and more unusual varieties like Waggle Dance (£3.28 a pint) and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (£3.50 a bottle).

The Last Word
Whatever the weather, The Waterfront is an enjoyable place to be whether you’re gazing at the scenery from the warmth of the pub or soaking up the rays with a cold drink on the terrace.

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