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The Draft House Westbridge (Bar, Restaurant)

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74-76 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, London, SW11 3AG
Cuisine: Meat
Tel: 0207 228 6482 | Email to The Draft House Westbridge | Transport: Sloane Square | Write review

The Draft House Westbridge Review

"It's got a lot of classic Guinness ads on the wall"
"Yeah, but how would you describe it?"
"Nu cool"
"Nu cool? My God man, we are past it. Over the hill. Finished. The kids won't understand a word."

And it continued. At the Westbridge Draft House, home of the third, a gastropub littered with pop art, wooden tables and a burgeoning crowd.

The beer menu is demarcated into geographical locations: The Americas, Europe, and Australia; and a “Home of The Third” section that caught my attention, proclaiming that “beer is a neglected treasure”, and therefore each pint should comprise three different 1/3 pints. I agreed and summoned the longhaired manager for two orders of such thirds. I held back from suggesting he get a haircut. Must be part of the nu cool look everyone is ranting and raving about.

The beers kept us satiated for some time, with my “Unusual Thirds” selection comprising the Paulaner Weissbier - a German white beer with a slight hint of banana, Schremser Bio Roggenbier – sweeter tasting and rye based, and the Rosarda - a bit duller than the other two, and almost artificially sweet. As you can see, this thirds idea is quite conducive to turning two grumpy old hacks like ourselves into a parody of the Pinot Noir-loving characters from the movie Sideways engaging in sesquipedalianism*.

My fellow reviewer started acting impatient, and to keep him docile we placed an order of Irish Rock Oysters, and the Hot Torizo sausage. Both arrived promptly and accompanied the next round of thirds: Wandle Ale, Porterhouse Red, and Bitter & Twisted.

I scanned across the room to check the clientele. We’re looking at a mixture of creative types, weary-eyed office workers who possibly owned and knew how to control a skateboard in a previous life, couples sick of watching Britain’s Got Talent, and obviously the nu cool crowd that people just won’t shut up about. You get the feeling that the people who come here are staying for a while – you don’t see many nervous over the shoulder glances that can characterise bland/near-the-tube-station pubs.

By this stage our mains had arrived, a filling Draft House Chicken Salad for me, and from all accounts a well cooked Pan-Fried Salmon & Dill Fishcakes for my companion.

I should point out that even with all the nu cool about the joint, there was now some old school flavour about the music with a Gil Scott Herron classic getting heads nodding. Intrigued, I sourced from the manager that the style of the establishment, the choice of art, and the music do not adhere to any central theme, but rather are an intersection of ideas and experiences collected by the three owners. Sneakily, the manager also convinced us that maybe we’d like a cheese board.

And cheese board we did. Normally safe affairs used to prolong an evening, the serving in front of us stood out. Not only in choice of cheeses, but also in choice of accompaniments. Take, for example, the horseradish and beetroot dip – an unlikely combination culminating in a rich earthy colour - and the slightly spicy and savoury horseradish offset by the more balanced taste of the beetroot.

I finally grasped the size of the beer menu. It’s big. And there are hidden gems. As I noticed during a less than sober scan towards the end of the evening, Little Creatures, a little known beer even in it’s native Western Australia. Had I seen this earlier I would have saved myself time and completed the review in one line: “Go there, they serve Little Creatures!” That particular beer does it for me, but given the size of the beer menu, the friendly staff, and relaxed clientele, everyone is likely to find their hidden gem.

* Sesquipedalianism – The practice of using long, sometimes obscure, words in speech or writing. more

Customer Reviews for The Draft House Westbridge

Average (based on 6 votes): 6 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“to be honnest i find it really bad service what a shame is good restaurant but service was bad”
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lallain michel, london bridje (9 years 9 months 26 days ago)

“It is such a shame. The food here has gone downhill. The first six months were amazing, now it is just average.”
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eleanor, London (13 years 4 months 27 days ago)

“I have lived in Battersea for several years and have been waiting for a pub such as this. Good food, quality products and most importantly top staff and management. Best pub in the area and conveniently on my doorstep. Love it!!”
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Dan, london (13 years 8 months 4 days ago)

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“This is my new favourite. We just keep coming back. The staff are friendly and the food is Yummy!”
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Eleanor, London (13 years 9 months 28 days ago)

“This is fast becoming my favourite pub in London. It has a fantastic atmosphere; the food is delicious with a great menu, coupled with great staff who are friendly and attentive this makes for a great dining or just drinking experience. Last time I was at the Westbridge, I got to enjoy their newly open garden out the back.”
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Sam Smith, London (14 years 8 days ago)

“Great place, friendly staff, good food, relaxed crowd.”
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Sally, London (16 years 3 months 21 days ago)

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The menu at the Westbridge combines English public house classics (done to perfection) with more ambitious fare. Children are welcome and there is a special Children’s Menu, featuring Seasonal Pasta of the Day or Organic Breaded Chicken served with Mashed Potato or Frites, all served at £4.75.

Updated 26/03/2012


The Westbridge is proud to offer an eclectic and excellent range of draft beers, from staples Heineken and Amstel to Maredsous (delicious "light" Belgian beer - 6%!), Edelweiss (an Austrian wheat beer which knocks spots off Hoegaarten), Moretti (excellent dry Italian lager famed for the gloomy man pictured on its label). Bitters include Adnam's Best and other seasonal beers and a monthly guest beer.

The Westbridge is also happy to recommend its 80-bin wine list and a great range of "top shelf" items. Adam, Alex, Masrk and the team will be glad to guide you through the maze of options.

Updated 26/09/2012

Beer menu
Wide selection of beers

Additional Information

  • Cuisine Type: Meat
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: Draft House

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Updated 26/09/2012

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The Beer and Sausages are on us to celebrate Oktoberfest!

Updated 26/09/2012

The Draft House Westbridge Hire Details

The Westbridge is a beautiful and versatile venue. It boasts two stunning private rooms, the Bridge Bar and the Olive Room, along with outside gardens, a bar and a restaurant. We endeavour to design the best events and private parties, whether you wanted a low key event, or something more formal, our team will ensure that you and your guests enjoy your party. With fantastic service from our friendly and professional staff, we also have delicious, specially designed menus and a fantastic drinks and wine list. Our aim is to exceed your party expectations. We also have a late license for private parties.

Updated 26/09/2012

Name: Reserved area
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
DJ: None
Capacity: 0
Notes: Host parties up to 100 people

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