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Le QuecumBar & Brasserie (Bar, Restaurant, Club)

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42-44 Battersea High Street, Battersea, London, SW11 3HX
Cuisine: Brasserie Average Price: £25
Tel: 020 7787 2227 | Email to Le QuecumBar & Brasserie | Transport: Clapham Junction | Write review

Le QuecumBar & Brasserie Review

Top 10 things to know about Le QuecumBar and Brasserie:

1) Je t'aime, je t'aime, je t'aime! Why does everything in French sound infinitely more romantic and sophisticated? 

2) You don't need to go to the Champs-Élysées to find the answer. A visit to Le QuecumBar in Battersea might provide some clues. Although Battersea High Street doesn't quite have the tree-lined boulevard grandeur of its French counterpart.

3) Walking in, you might think you've stumbled onto a Woody Allen film set: is this Midnight in Paris or Sweet and Lowdown? No, it's proprietor Sylvia Rushbrooke's shrine to all things Django Reinhardt.

4) Who is Django Reinhardt? He's only the greatest guitar player of all time, the godfather of European jazz and French gypsy culture. No, he didn't perform for us on the night, Django sadly departed in 1953, but we still got a blistering performance from the Pete 'Aston-Martin' Sheppard duo.

5) There are plenty of fairy lights, foliage, vintage furniture and photos on display. This isn't your universal identikit All Bar One. It's a unique bar you won't find anywhere else in the world.

6) One thing the French can't be accused of is being verbose. However, the "menu" here is never-ending. It's an ode to love from Sylvia to Mr Reinhardt. Although, if you are looking for food and drinks, that menu is written on a chalkboard.

7) Tartiflette is just potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons and onions, but the fancification of a dish tends to work best when you give it a French name. The food here is more hearty than haughty haute cuisine. The dish comes complete with a healthy dose of the day's freshest vegetables from the market.

8) All the French classics are on the menu whether it's fried frog's legs or baked trout with herbs, so that your culinary experience matches your musical one.

9) To complete your journey, the third part of the triumvirate is to enjoy some classic old world wines. Yes, they have South African wines and Chilean wines, but do the tasting notes match the musical notes from the genius that is Django? Who knows, but the bottle of Chateau Talmont red wine turns a great night into a magical one.

10) The French might not be great at border controls, but they certainly know how to enjoy life to the full. more

Customer Reviews for Le QuecumBar & Brasserie

Average (based on 9 votes): 9 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

The following customer reviews are not endorsed by Fluid London and are simply those of users who wish to publish their independent experiences of Le QuecumBar & Brasserie.

“Three Yanks walked into a bar... I was in London for a business meeting and convinced 2 of my co-workers to go hear some Gyspy Jazz at Le QuecumBar. Although I had never been before, I had heard of it thorough numerous Gypsy Jazz blogs. My buddies were skeptical but had nothing better to do... The long, winding cab ride was worth it. We got there early and were able to secure a table in front of the stage to watch Stu Blagden and his "mates" play joyful Django styled jazz. Great food, tasty "vittles" (a Texas word), and an overall fun atmosphere. It's as close as I'll come to experiencing the "Bals" of Pigalle in the '20s. Well worth the 4758 mile journey. I hope to become a regular by returning each time I travel to London.”
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John Kindervag, Dallas, TX (10 years 26 days ago)

“This is a lovely place to go and eat. The staff are pretty friendly, but you can't be homophobic. The food really is very homely, and scrumptious. It's not badly priced, and my boyfriend and I had a pretty romantic time with the fairy lights and music.”
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Belinda, london (10 years 1 months 5 days ago)

“Great music, average food... house wine is Spanish. Loud owner who drank a bit too much very keen on arguing, threw a bottle of water at us when leaving the place (and the bill was paid!)”
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Giulia, London (13 years 2 months 18 days ago)

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“Fantastic place, had the best night ever at their Tuesday jam session - the music was amazing and compelling, the atmosphere was really magical - i love the decoration of fairy lights, plants, mirrors and candles and lots of little personal vintage touches. Had a couple of starters which were fine, and the wine was cheap and very drinkable! Its the sort of place where everyone is united by the music, and we had a great evening chatting to the musicians and other customers. Staff were great as well, really friendly and knowledgable about the history of the music and musicians. Can't wait to go again! ”
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Rose, London (13 years 7 months 3 days ago)

“Slow service, re-heated and very basic food. Incredibly rude owner/manager. You'd be better off going to any other place in Battersea!”
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ANON, London (13 years 8 months 14 days ago)

“Visited for a friend's 30 on a Saturday night. Service was shockingly bad, food was completely average (one burnt meal & one undercooked one out of 10 is possibly not what you're aiming for) and the owner's response to our complaint about the service was appalling. Told us the service had been fine and we were just 'making it up'. Made absolutely no attempt to apologise just had the attitude of 'if you don't like it, get out'. Nice venue. Shame about everything else - hope someone else takes this place over soon.”
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jane h, London (13 years 8 months 15 days ago)

“I stumbled across Le Quecumber & Brasserie by accident but what a pleasant accident it turned out to be. This is a truly fantastic venue with amazing live jazz right in the heart of Battersea. Four of us ate and drunk the night away and stayed right until the end. This is a real find for jazz lovers and even if jazz is not your thing then just the sheer ambiance of the place is worth checking out. You would expect to find a venue like this in the heart of the West End so how fortunate it is on my door step. The food was excellent and staff were some of the friendliest I have come across. If you fancy a real treat I suggest checking this place out. There is a £5 cover charge per person after 8pm for the live music but if you book before 8 it is free, besides I think £5 for a really great night is worth every penny.”
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Delia Floyd, London (14 years 2 months 2 days ago)

“I feel compelled to contact you with a review, not of the experience my husband and I had at Le Quecumbar, but of the sheer lack of it. It was a Sunday afternoon, and we were taking a stroll around 5:30pm, too late for lunch, a bit early for dinner but we thought any place open and running would do. What better than a French wine bar (we love wine) we found just round the corner. It was open but desolate, only a young man and a young lady behind the bar welcoming us in and informing us that we will have to pay £12 entrance EACH. We asked why and were told that at 8pm (or was it 8:30pm?) a live band would be playing and that this is the entrance fee/ticket to see them. We informed them in return that we simply want some food (we were starving) and a drink and that would not take us three hours. They said it makes no difference; we'll have to pay the £24 for the live entertainment we were never going to get to see. I looked around at the empty place and due only to my hunger I suggested the option of staying for some food and, at the exceptional circumstance we were to still be chewing on our food three hours later, when the band would start performing, to pay for the privilege of enjoying their music. 'Non' was the answer; we have to pay £24 for the privilege of eating at the establishment, music or no music. A totally absolutely empty of any costumers’ establishment, may I add. A totally absolutely empty of our custom establishment for ever, I need not add.”
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Tris, London (14 years 10 months 28 days ago)

“I can only say how disappointed in this venue I was . I had heard great things about Le Quecumbar and was really looking forward to celebrating my friends birthday here. As a pregnant women, bars and pubs aren't really my thing at the moment, so I was anticipating good food and good music/ entertainment at a cool venue. Well, the venue was great - but the band didn't turn up, the food was appalling and over-priced and the owner was so rude. I do hope this was a one-off bad night for them, but judging by the attitude of the owner once we complained and in her dealing with subsequent complaints I'm not confident that this is the case. I certainly won't be giving them a second chance. ”
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Cassy, London (15 years 7 months 22 days ago)

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Simple daily blackboard with varied menu that includes home made dishes & such favourites such as, frogs legs, coq au vin, usually a simple fish dish on the menu and a veg option - burgers of wild game, duck, goose, chicken, beef and lamb dishes.
Always a selection of home made items all at an affordable price in a great atmosphere with friendly staff

Updated 28/03/2011


Good quaffing wines from £13.50 and a variety of well priced world wines and special offers

Updated 28/03/2011

Le QuecumBar & Brasserie Opening Hours

Monday: 7:00pm - 11:45pm Friday: 6:00pm - 11:45pm
Tuesday: 7:00pm - 11:45pm Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:45pm
Wednesday: 7:00pm - 11:45pm Sunday: 6:30pm - 11:45pm
Thursday: 7:00pm - 11:45pm    

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Special offers, discounts and deals at Le QuecumBar & Brasserie

FREE entry and Live music

Updated 28/03/2011

Events and other great things going on at Le QuecumBar & Brasserie

Sunday & Monday we have ticketed Prestige Performance Concerts of some of the worlds best Gypsy Swing players - check our music listings

Updated 28/03/2011

Le QuecumBar & Brasserie Hire Details

Available day/night for film shoots and parties for approx 100 people inc tropical garden area.
Private parties - hot/cold buffet @ £20 pp.
A minimum guaranteed spend is required for all bookings

Updated 28/03/2011

Name: QuecumBar
Type: Entire Venue
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 250 / Min Bar Spend: £ 2000
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 100
Notes: Hiring includes buffet at £20pp Sun to Fri £2,000 and Sat £2,500 min spend on food and drink sales. Day rates can be negotiable. Piano/double bass in situ-charming atmos for intimate gatherings

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