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Nutbourne

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Nutbourne

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4 Paws
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Dine With Dog
Bowl Provided
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Setting: Neighbourhood brasserie
Cuisine: Modern British
Paws: All welcome

Having only started serving up sumptuous locally-sourced fare to satisfied locals in October 2016, dog-friendly Nutbourne is a relative newbie to the London dining scene. The brainchild of the Gladwin Brothers, who also run two other sites north of the river, this Battersea restaurant brings a touch of rural farm life to the city. Meat is reared on the family farm, and the ‘grape juice’ selection includes wines from the Gladwin vineyard in West Sussex. With a welcoming country gastropub feel, and a London neighbourhood brasserie approach, it’s no wonder your dog is welcome too.

 

 
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Food and Drink

At Nutbourne

The restaurant at Nutbourne is everything you’d expect from a buzzy neighbourhood brasserie – and a little bit more. The interior is adorned with rural touches to create an outdoor country feel, and while the dining area is spacious, there are still quiet corners should you wish to enjoy a more intimate dinner for two (well, three, of course).

The restaurant has a picturesque waterside location, and the outdoor terrace looks out over the neighbouring dock. Surrounded by lush foliage, and featuring festoon lighting and a vine from the family vineyard, this area is open all year round but not yet heated, so comes into its own on warmer days. Bookings aren’t taken outside, so be sure to beat the other four-pawed locals to an outside table if the sun is shining.

Although the brothers very much take a Modern British approach, there is a different feel to this particular menu, featuring ingredients which are all sourced in the UK. Try oak fired ox tongue and tempura duck hearts with saffron and romanesco salsa, or tantalise your taste buds with a beetroot tarte tatin, with walnut jam and Nutbourne feta.

A visit wouldn’t be complete without a glass or two of award-winning wine from the family’s West Sussex vineyard. There are three sparkling wines, five white and a rose to choose from, with six of these served by the glass. The list of non-English wines is also impressive, with some stand out bottles if you’re in the mood to splash out. There are some cleverly-named cocktails too.

Doggy delights

Extremely dog-friendly, pooches of any shape or size are welcome at Nutbourne, both inside and out. A bowl and treats will both be waiting.

By day

A weekday set lunch is available for £19.50 for three courses – why not try it alongside a glass of their wine of the week.

In the mood for a mid-week tipple? Select beers, wines and cocktails are half price from 5pm to 6.45pm on weekdays.

From dusk

Take your pick from the a la carte delights, or opt for the tasting menu at £42 per head.

The extra bits

Head chef Oliver Gladwin has built ‘The Nutty Wood Fired Grill’ from scratch; this burns sustainable wood filtered from ancient woodland, ready to create the perfect BBQ atmosphere in the summer months.

Essentials

  • Cuisine: Modern British
  • Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30am to 12.30am
  • Food is not served from 3-6pm on weekdays and 4-6pm on Saturdays
  • Sunday: 10am to 4pm
  • Closed on Mondays
  • Explore beautiful Battersea Park with your pooch, just across the road

Where We Are

LOCAL AREA

Just south of Albert Bridge, Nutbourne is tucked away in a lovely riverside setting on Ransome’s Dock.

London’s Battersea Park is just a few minutes to the east, and is one of our favourite London parks for our four-legged friends. There are plenty of open spaces where fido can run off the lead, and you’ll meet more than a fellow pooch or two, including some wonderful pups from Battersea Dogs and Cats home out for a stroll.

With the venue a short stroll from the river, a walk along Chelsea embankment with your dog is a delightful way to mosey away an hour on a sunny day. For inspiration see our dog-friendly London destination page.

For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.

LOCATION AND CONTACT

Address: Nutbourne Restaurant, 29 Ransome’s Dock, 35-37 Parkgate Road, Battersea, London, SW11 4NP

Hit the road

If arriving by car, there is free parking available in Ransome’s Dock from 6pm each evening, and all weekend. If you’re heading down for a mid-week lunch, there are pay and display car parks in nearby Battersea Park.

All aboard

Nutbourne is a 20-25 minute walk from either Clapham Junction, or Battersea Park stations. You’re a fair way from the nearest tube station here, so jump on a bus from one of the District Line stops north of the river (ideally Fulham Broadway or Sloane Square) to get you there a little quicker.

For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide to travelling with dogs. For more handy tips, check out Dog Digest.

Nutbourne

Rigby’s Review

From farm to city

Excited to be back in one of his old stomping grounds, Rigby eagerly wagged his way towards our dining spot. Tucked at the back of a typical Battersea brick courtyard, Nutbourne draws you in with its colourful industrial touches that give just a hint of what lies within. As we ventured inside, we were immediately met with a warm hello and to his delight, much fussing of Rigby. With the welcoming hubbub from regular patrons, of the two and four-pawed variety, we felt right at ease. We selected a corner table overlooking the adjourning dock and whilst we settled in a water bowl was soon delivered to Rigby, along with a treat or two.

An offering from the Gladwin Brothers, Nutbourne takes its name from the family farmstead and vineyard that inspired their synonymous farm to table approach. Embracing both the brothers’ routes as well as the neighbourhood’s heritage, the decor is an appealing juxtaposition between urban, paired back fixtures and farm-inspired touches.

With the winter-induced desire to take on large quantities of vitamins, we got started with a fresh juice – heritage carrot, apple & mint – while we struggled to decide between the day’s offerings. Whilst larger dishes for mains are on offer, the veritable selection of small plates encourages you to share, even if just to make it easier to choose! Fuelling our deliberations, we got started with a couple of amuse-bouche, whipped cods roe and dill on light as air crisp bread, and the creamy and delicious mushroom and marmite éclair with confit egg yolk, which is not to be missed!

Having finally made our selections and with Rigby enjoying his view of the restaurant, perfect for not missing a moving paw or foot, we took in the hidden details of this inviting, eclectically embellished restaurant. With a particular love of the farm inspired hot air balloons festooning the ceilings, we were soon drawn to our view of the culinary delights being produced, tummies grumbling anticipation.

We were swiftly brought the start of our feast, chorizo, labneh, crisp bread and sweet kale along with a serving of the carrot tempura with sweet chilli and star anise – perfect for a winters day. With a real feel of being fresh from the farm, the purple carrots had kick enough to banish any last shivers from the chilly pre-meal walk, while the chorizo plate was a real find. Rich and flavoursome with a pleasing combination of textures, from the crumbly chorizo to the crisp kale and creamy labneh, it was a delight.

Rigby meanwhile gratefully accepted an offer of a sneaky bowl of meaty delights and was soon head down, not to emerge for quite some time. His tummy now well and truly full, he settled down for a power nap (one eye open – just in case a treat appeared), while we enjoyed our remaining plates.

From an indulgent baked goats cheese, with the satisfying crunch of its accompanying honey and thyme infused almonds; to crab linguine and a tasty, pumpkin gnocchi cocked to perfection; it was hard to pick a favourite.

With the fresh mint tea not able to clear space enough to fit in a sweet treat, we said our goodbyes to the staff and our neighbouring table, to whom we had got chatting – a testament to the friendly vibe delivered here, much more reminiscent of a country setting, and headed to nearby Battersea Park to walk off our meal.

Right from its routes, through the earthenware plates and tree motives, to the farm fresh offerings, Nutbourne stays true to its vision, delivering honest food, that pulls you right in. With the friendly staff on hand, but equally keen to let you take your time and enjoy, this is an enticing, laid-back spot to catch-up with friends, both human and hound.

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4 Paws Simon, August, 2017.

Lovely early dinner in the summer enjoying the views of the dock. Good food – chorizo starter in particular a stand out.

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