As the economy has boomed, the foodie world has largely become influenced by style over substance. We’ve all been wowed by a ‘pithivier of this’, ‘foam of that’ and ‘tasting’ plates of food which wouldn’t look out of place at The National Gallery. However, the tide has changed. If we are going to spend money in a restaurant, more and more of us are looking for proper portions, robust flavours and ultimately, a sense of value from our meals – essentially food that we Brits have traditionally excelled at. Our recent meal in a heaving The Avalon seemed to prove this theory.
Taking design cues from the heady days of the Victorian empire, The Avalon mixes elements of a traditional tavern with industrial and luxurious touches. The large bar area is always buzzing with life, whether due to the ever-present lively crowd enjoying drinks and bar snacks, or because of the many indoor and outdoor screens showing the big match of the day. During the summer months, visitors can also take advantage of the sizeable beer garden, where one can order from their barbecue menu.
Like the venue itself, the food in the restaurant nods back to the 19th century with slow cooked dishes, bold flavours and a dedicated steak section, all of which is aged in-house. During the warmer months, diners can expect lighter dishes such as Roast tomato, basil & balsamic soup, Marinated squid with herb salad and Organic sea trout & crushed Jersey Royals with a samphire & seaweed tapenade . Winter months take a heartier approach with thing like Carrot & coriander soup, Duck, ham & foie gras terrine with red onion membrillo chutney and Braised rabbit with smoked pancetta & pearl barley. Desserts again are a fairly classic British affair, with everything from Apple Crumble and Sticky toffee pudding to Eton Mess. Portions are plentiful and with starters at around £6.50 and mains around £13, value is excellent too.
Cuisine type: Modern British
Dinner for 2: £50
16 Balham Hill
London, SW12 9EB
020 8675 8613