In a nutshell
A neighbourhood restaurant that uses carefully sourced and seasonal ingredients in Battersea, South London
The menu is concise with a handful of starters, individual mains, mains to share, sides and desserts. Source only uses seasonal ingredients with good provenance such as Daphne’s Welsh lamb and Swaledale beef from Yorkshire and cheese from Androuet in Spitalfields market. Source also has an extensive cocktail and wine lists, making it a good choice for a drink by the Thames.
The signature starter is the artichoke dip with Comté cheese. Served on a wooden platter with toasted focaccia, everyone orders it – we could see it on almost every table. Scottish salmon came with mussels and Jersey Royals and had a buttery texture. Welsh lamb with polenta, romesco and broad beans was the star of the meal – the meat was tender and perfectly pink. The chocolate pot with blackcurrant jelly and liquorice shortbread came in a small jar, topped with egg white and decorated with a swirling blowtorched design. There was also a savoury option to finish – cheese with apple jam and crackers.
What we’ll try next time
A main to share – the cote de doeuf with green salad, rosemary wedges and chimichurri, and pale ale ice cream sounds good, too.
What’s the room like
The main dining room has brick walls, and a rustic décor with no tablecloths and cleverly mismatched chairs. There’s a gorgeous wrap-around sitting area with fairy lights and small pots of rosemary on each wooden table, overlooking the Thames – it’s worth visiting during the warmer months. The atmosphere is laid-back, and the clientele is mainly young locals. However, despite there only being about six tables on the night of our visit, we found it hard to get our waiter’s attention at times.
What we loved
The restaurant’s name is inspired by London’s only natural spring, which is located right under the restaurant. Source filters its own water, proceeds of which go to Magic Breakfast charity – an association which feeds hungry children hearty breakfasts in order to promote learning.
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