SW Eats: Queenswood Battersea

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Every now and again, a restaurant comes along that truly has it all. Scrumptious food, clever cocktails, a relaxed atmosphere – some dinner spots simply tick all the boxes and the latest addition to my list comes with the added bonus of being just around the corner. Five stars to Queenswood!

Set up by those behind Soho's popular Damson & Co, Queenswood is a neighbourhood restaurant so good, you may be tempted to move closer. Located in Battersea Square, it's a pocket of continental loveliness moments from Clapham Junction station; go on a warm summer's evening and you'll soon feel the charm, watching the sun set with a glass of rosé in hand, surrounded by really-really-ridiculously-good-looking locals.

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The interior of the restaurant is elegant and cosy, complete with a well-stocked bar to tide you over until your table is ready. However, during the warmer months, the outside area is idyllic – go early to nab an al fresco table before I beat you to it.

And now for the main event: the food. Everything is absolutely splendid: the menu changes regularly, boasting beautiful meaty dishes with middle-eastern influences, inventive vegan and vegetarian fare and the most delicious crispy squid I've ever had in London (light batter, soft squid and subtly spiced dipping sauce - it's not to be missed). It's a great balance of naughty and nice, meaning those on a health kick can eat out without having to order house salad with dressing on the side (darling, life's too short).

On my recent trip, I tucked into the vegan risotto cooked in a herby chlorophyll stock with soy beans, spring onions, fresh coriander and tofu cubes; light and tasty, it makes the perfect summer supper. My boyfriend ordered the lamb dish, which was demolished in a matter of minutes, before he proclaimed it was the best lamb he's ever eaten in a restaurant. That's quite a feat, Queenswood. You should be proud.

Open daily from 8AM until late, Queenswood is up there with the best spots in London –  if you're staying SW, it's worth a visit... And another... And one more for luck.

Next up? Brunch. Stay tuned for the verdict.

Queenswood is open every day from 8AM serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, drinks and dinner. Book a table here, then view lots of lovely food porn here. Follow the restaurant on Twitter at @QueenswoodLdn
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