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.
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.
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.
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.
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.