Seasonal British produce is something we hear about all of the time, but it’s only when you experience it in practice that it really starts to make sense. Look at it logically though, and the idea is almost impossible to ignore. You get to eat a variety of different food throughout the year, produce always tastes best when in season and perhaps most relevant to our times, it is cheaper too. And there are few better places to really experience all of these benefits of seasonal produce than Blueprint Café.
Located in London’s Design Museum, Blueprint offers spectacular views of the London skyline from Tower Bridge, sweeping across the Thames to Canary Wharf in the East; moreover, the glass ceiling and full length windows ensure that diners get a captivating view regardless of their seating position. The simple and unfussy dining room ensures that the restaurant is more suited to informal occasions as opposed to stuffy dinners.
We’ve eaten here a number of times and each meal has never failed to impress. Visits during the colder months have been met with starters such as rich, buttery Goose rillettes, whilst a recent visit in April provided a wonderful Smoked eel & horseradish sandwich as well as Goats cheese bruschetta with asparagus & a whole roasted head of garlic. Mains again can range from beautifully cooked Woodcock during game season to a rich, buttery Chicken & rabbit pie with moist morsels of flavoursome meat. Desserts are always delicious too; in particular chocoholics will find the St. Emillion au Chocolat worth the trip alone – so deep and rich in flavour that it is the first chocolate dessert in memory that I haven’t managed to finish!
The Blueprint Café represents great value for a regular restaurant, let alone one which provides such an impressive vista. That the restaurant has been around for over 20 years is a remarkable testament to its quality and ethos. Moreover, Chef Jeremy Lee has successfully been responsible for the food for over 15 years, and with food of this quality I see no reason why he shouldn’t continue for another 15 years.
Cuisine type – British
Dinner for 2 (ex. drinks) – £50
Beer – £3
Wine – £5
London SE1 2YD
Tel: 020 7378 7031