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Pear Tree Cafe

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Setting: Parkside dining
Cuisine: Modern European
Paws: All welcome

London’s Battersea Park makes a pawtastic playground for your pooch, and Pear Tree Cafe is right at the heart of these lush, green surroundings bordering the banks of the River Thames. When it opened in 2016, the restaurant became an instant hit with local dog-walkers, with the bright and buzzy interior the perfect place to stop for a morning pastry or sumptuous contemporary European-inspired lunch while out walking with man’s best friend. If you haven’t discovered the delights of the Cafe (or dog-friendly Battersea Park) yet, what are you waiting for? Fido will thank you for it – and he may even make a new paw-friend or two!

 
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Food and Drink

At Pear Tree Cafe

Although the cafe has a relaxed and friendly feel, chefs (and co-owners) Annabel and Will learnt their trade at Petersham Nurseries and Spring at Somerset House; their shared passion for great food and sourcing the best seasonal produce makes for a menu that is a cut above your usual cafe fare.

The team aims to use organic, responsibly-sourced and local produce wherever possible, including grass-fed outdoor reared meat, sustainable fish and artisan cheeses.

Inside the venue you’ll find a charming hum of chatter amongst local lunchers, as well as plenty of well-behaved pooches seated by their owners’ sides. If the weather is having a not-so-British day, there is plenty of outdoor seating so you and fido can enjoy the fresh air and the sights and sounds of the park itself.

Bookings in the restaurant are taken on weekdays only – if you’re taking a stroll on a Saturday or Sunday, just grab your preferred spot with fido.

Doggy delights

Your pooch won’t be able to contain his excitement as he revels in the expansive green spaces of this royal park, and the new pup-pals he’s sure to meet at Pear Tree Cafe.

All dogs are welcome and there’s no restriction on the number of dogs, provided you can all fit at the table! At the time of writing, the cafe were in the process of sourcing some delicious treats and food for our four-legged friends.

By day

The all day menu features innovative breakfast and lunch options, as well as cakes and pastries. The smashed avocado on sourdough with watermelon radish, feta, chilli and basil oil sounds too good to say no to, which explains why it’s their most instagrammed dish! All the dishes have something a little different to their name, which makes you want to try them all – why not dig into the vegetarian lentil, cumin, paprika & walnut mince with avocado, crispy kale, flatbread and labneh.

The menu changes weekly with seasons and available produce. Wine, beer, cider and cocktails are available alongside caffeinated and fruit-based daytime drink favourites.

From dusk

The cafe closes at dusk, so in the summer months it’s a great place to stop for an early evening tipple and enjoy the balmy air and the light London evenings.

The extra bits

The terrace comes to life in the warmer months; the new umbrella bar serves up wine and craft beers, and there’s Pimm’s on tap – perfect for a summer’s evening.

Keep an eye out for their monthly events, including their Supper Clubs.

Essentials

  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Open from dawn til dusk, daily
  • Kitchen closed on Mondays (snacks only). Food served 8am to 3pm all other days
  • Closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day
  • Bookings taken Monday - Friday only
  • Dine with fido overlooking beautiful Battersea Park

Where We Are

LOCAL AREA

A visit to Pear Tree Cafe isn’t complete if fido hasn’t been let off the lead in one of the wonderful open spaces of London’s 200-acre Battersea Park, which All Four Paws’ spaniel Rigby assures us has the best sticks in London. If he hasn’t exhausted his meet and greets for the day while at the cafe, you’re bound to run into more than a pooch or two on your walk, including some of the locals from Battersea Dogs and Cats home, out for a stroll while they’re waiting for their forever home.

The venue is also a short stroll from the river, so if you fancy venturing a little further, why not cross beautiful Albert Bridge and admire the city lights from the Chelsea Embankment – or step back from the riverside and hunt down some well-groomed pooches on the Kings Road.

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

LOCATION AND CONTACT

Address: Pear Tree Cafe, Lakeside Cafe, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Hit the road

Pear Tree Cafe is situated next to the boating lake in Battersea Park, with the nearest entrances at Chelsea Gate and Rosery Gate. By entering either gate, you’ll find parking options within the park itself, a 6 and 7 minute walk to the cafe respectively via Carriage Drive East, which is well lit if it’s before or after dark.

At weekends, nearby Prince of Wales Drive offers free parking at weekends.

All aboard

It’s a short 7 minute stroll to the cafe from Battersea Park Station, served by Southern services into and out of Victoria. A number of buses run down Chelsea Bridge Road and will take you further north or south, including the 44, 137 and 452.

Travelling with your pooch in London is much easier than you think – check out our handy guide.

Pear Tree Cafe

Rigby's Review

PARK LIFE

It was a beautiful summer’s day when we took Rigby to sample the delights at Pear Tree Cafe. A Battersea Park regular, Rigby happily trotted alongside us as we approached the restaurant on the east side of the park, facing the boating lake, which was glistening in the sun.

The restaurant itself is light and airy, with the floor to ceiling windows creating a feeling of being outside even if you’re in the mood to seek shade (or hide from the rain!). On this particular occasion, after an extremely wet few days in London, we couldn’t resist the temptation to enjoy our lunch on a sun-drenched bench overlooking the lake. This is a pawfect playground for pooches, and Rigby was by no means the only dog settling in for a light lunch after a run around the park’s shadier spots. We swiftly filled up the water bowl offered to Rigby, who then wiggled in under the bench, sensibly keeping his black fur well in the shade for the duration of our meal.

The a la carte menu on offer for our visit had a welcome summery feel – with the midday heat starting to take effect, we were both in the mood for a refreshing bite and there were options a plenty. The smashed avo trend has definitely made it to Battersea, but this wasn’t your average smashed avocado – served with watermelon radish, feta, chilli & basil oil (as well as an optional poached egg), it had that Pear Tree Cafe touch. The chorizo and halloumi salad was more substantial but still pleasantly fresh and light for a summertime lunch. Having promised to eat light, we couldn’t resist a side of the sweet potato fries – a generous portion, served perfectly crisp. The berry smoothie went down wonderfully, and is a great option for a breakfast treat or mid-morning pick me up after a Battersea Park walk.

After munching on the last of the sweet potato fries, we enticed Rigby out from under the bench with a treat, and headed off to find some shade and a paddling spot for him to cool off. He soon dived in with the ducks, much to his delight, while we took a few moments to relax on a shady bench after our sumptuous and satisfying meal.

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5 Paws Ant, February 23, 2018.

The Pear Tree Cafe serves an innovative, tasty selection of dishes and is a rather nice place for you and your doggy friend to have lunch after a walk in Battersea Park – More please!

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