Foodie Alice Davidson enjoys a summer evening at the Prince Albert Gastro Pub near Battersea Park for an eclectic meal
On a sunny Friday evening we arrived at the lively Prince Albert pub to find groups of happy customers spilling out onto the road enjoying the evening sun with cold drinks and scrummy looking nibbles. The pub had a bustling atmosphere and the bar queue was bearable – it’s hard to find pubs that manage this so well, especially on the flank of Battersea Park. Decked out in rustic finery, welcoming dogs at the bar and hosting a vast selection of guest ales and craft beer, we knew we were in for a treat.
Once we had a drink in hand, a cold glass of 2013 Chablis and a local pale ale, we were seated in the restaurant which is still very much a part of the bar. Tasty bistro food was present on the menu, but there was also healthy options which we found to be a helpful party pleaser when out to eat with a group.
We started with creamy Scottish mushrooms on grilled sourdough that came highly recommended by our waiter followed by the the gin cured Severn and Wye salmon with kale pesto and creme fraiche. Both were fresh and delicious, however being a gin lover, that particular flavour could have been stronger.
For mains we tried the roast sea bass, squid ink spelt and little crispy cockle fritters which gave a crunchy contrast to the soft fish fillet. The hand made Chicken Kiev was served on a bed of purple crushed potatoes and parsley root puree which we could hardly share – that speaks volumes in itself. The lemon roasted salsify and a creamy dish of wonderful truffle mash was a lovely addition, but the triple cooked chips looked heavenly and I had slight food envy of the next door table.
We could only manage one pudding to share, and the sticky toffee pudding with caramelised banana, toffee sauce and cornflake ice cream was the unanimous vote. It definitely satisfied my sweet tooth and we washed it down with a freshly ground espresso.
A warm environment, perfectly presented dishes, and attentive staff giving top notch recommendations ensured our meal was a real success. The Prince Albert is a flexible pub accommodating drinkers, diners, dog walkers and coffee fanatics. This airy gastropub has a fantastic location, eclectic menu, an open fire for winter nights, and charming back yard for long summer days. I suggest you book you bar stool (yes you can do that here), and see for yourself!
The Prince Albert
85 Albert Bridge Rd, London SW11 4PF
By Alice Davidson