My favourite bar in London. It does have the advantage of being one of our locals - certainly when we lived closer to Battersea Bridge. But the fact we returned recently for our anniversary meal after a year-and-a-bit of travelling and living elsewhere really says something for the place.
Let's be honest first however, we come here for the food first, and the bar second. I'm not one for loud, packed places but the location of this Draft House probably makes it a little quieter, and all the better for it. Most of the time the patrons are friendly and considerate (though quiz night got rather rowdy!) and the staff are all excellent. I do love their beer rotation, as is customary for the draft house, and there are loads of bottles of craft beers and drinks from abroad that make for a tough selection every time I'm there. But it is the food that is my main love in this place; great seasonal menus which provide something different nearly every time I visit. I am especially a fan of their strip steak (pro tip: ask for a side of their tasty hollandaise sauce, it goes really nicely!) if you're looking for one of the staples. Their onion rings are good too, and my wife has taken a real shine to their sticky toffee pudding.
So basically, this ticks all the boxes for me:
Good atmosphere? Check.
Friendly staff? Check.
Excellent food? Check.
Brilliant beer selection? Check.
Awesome He-Man wallpaper on the way to the bathroom? Oh yes.
Great range of beers (as is to be expected at a Draft House) and tasty food. Can be a good spot to catch sporting matches too. Service is always decent and it's just a cool place to hang out. Definitely worth dropping in if you're in the area.
Years have passed between my first visit to the Westbridge Draft House and my most recent visit.
We last stopped in to celebrate our first anniversary. Yes, we chose a fancy pub for our anniversary meal. This place is pretty much our favorite spot to eat in London and we were excited to have a special meal there! The food remains beautiful. The service remains great.
On the occasion of our last visit I had tweeted about wanting to head over there, but had to wait for the rain to stop. The pub tweeted back "we'll have a table waiting!" and I presumed they meant that in a way of "you're always welcome here" but when we arrived they actually had reserved us a table under my name! Just going the little extra makes so much difference. I love this place.
150-200 different beers. That's all you need to know. A selection of beers that must comfortably put it in London's top 1% of bars for sheer choice and instantly qualifying it for 5 star status.
The bar's other charms thus come as pleasant bonuses: The friendly staff, who are all-too-eager to let you try any number of the many beers on tap; the comfy and slightly quirky interior; the decent-looking food (Laura Kate S's and Joy C's endorsements mean I'll be trying it next chance I get), and the tables outside overlooking Battersea Bridge road.
Only downside? It's on my commute home! Not stopping off for a swift pint or three now that I know what lurks within could prove difficult..
Goose Island Matilda + hog roast + bonfire night = 5 stars
Seriously good selection of beers: there were a few favourites like Kernel in there, but the selection of good American beers was really impressive. Just get some Westmalle and De Praal in there and I won't need to go anywhere else!
The Draft House was one of the first pubs/restaurants I've been to in Battersea as I recently moved to the country and area. I was surprised at how good my steak was for a pub. I went back again last month and ordered the eggs florentine which is probably the best I've had compared to any brunch hot spots in NYC. They also have a large beer selection which is no doubt why they are called The Draft House.
Besides the great food and drinks, I am giving it 5 stars because the owner or manager emailed me in response to my comment card at the pub and gave me a free pint of beer. I haven't redeemed it yet but I have and always will recommend this place to anyone around the area for a great friendly service, welcoming atmosphere, to die for food, and thirst quenching drinks.
In a time when everything is orientated around a fast-paced & busy way of life it's nice to know that there are places like The Westbridge which advent a more thoughtful and reflective attitude to living. The owner has put so much thought into how he wants the place to look & feel, from the dulcit tones tinkling out of the sound system to the George Best photo which adorns the gents toilet door (i'd hazzard a guess that it's not just his footballing abilities that led to this decision).
One of the main charms of the place is its varied selection of ales and over the evening I tried 5 of the the owners reccomendations, I'm not a particularly huge fan of dark ales but I did enjoy sampling them especially the Porterhouse Red (it had a very chocolatey taste). I must also add that they serve one of the best glasses of Adnams I've ever drank.
Oysters are also a speciality here and i'd been made to feel welcome that I couldn't bring myself to turn away a free sample so I took the plunge and tossed away my Oyster Virginity. Seeing as it was my first-time I can't really give an opinion of any weight but I have it on good authority that they of the highest quality.
The Bottom Line: This is a mecca for Ale fans, Oyster fans, Ale & Oyster Fans and to be quite honest just about everyone else (aside from people who don't like friendly well decorated pubs).
we made the long trek to the warm and welcoming Westbridge, where the landlord Charlie took us knowledgably through a variety of beers and ales, all washed down with some lovely oysters. With the interesting titbit that you should only eat oysters when there's an 'R' in the month
If I happened to live or work within striking distance of Battersea, the Westbridge would definitely be a high contender for my favourite local.
The Westbridge is very, very good. In fact, so good, that if it wasn't in literally the middle of nowhere I would give it five stars. We were over there for a birthday party on Saturday evening and had a booked an enormous table for much eating and drinking. My steak was delicious, full marks to the chef for the béarnaise and attention to cooking it rare. I think everyone else had similarly good experiences, although nobody got oysters. Must do that next time.
The ale selection consisted of a very well kept Adnam's bitter, plus a couple of interesting pints from the Wandle brewery locally, enough to keep most people happy. To top it off, there seemed to be many attractive women getting stuck into their real ale too. So, given that distance is relative, I'll give it 5 stars after all. I had come from Hamburg...
With a fine selection of excellent draft beers, pints of prawns and native, or Irish rock, oysters The Westbridge Public House and Dining Rooms certainly has all that is necessary for a most pleasant evening. The staff are friendly the atmosphere relaxed although you do feel as if you are surrounded by knowledgeable people enjoying the best things in life..
When we asked Charlie, the owner, why you should only eat oysters in months with an R in them, the explanation was that the breeding season is over summer and for various reasons the eating quality declines somewhat. I'm far from being an expert on oysters, but I felt I was in expert hands and had a first class oyster experience.
Unfortunately I failed to sample the 6.8% Duvel on tap which was getting rave reviews, so next time I am in the Battersea area I'll be popping in to find out why.
One small point to note if you are visiting for the first time is that the Qype map indicates the location is on Albert Bridge Road, when it is in fact slightly to the West, but not too far away, on Battersea Bridge Road!
These guys have a few pubs round London now and they do put a focus on interesting beers. This venue might only serve 3 ales, but raise things with a host of keg beer options. Unfortunately whatever beer I picked was only average. My visit was somewhat spoilt by a gaggle of posh gits in the yard, near where I sat. As if breaking into 'My Darling Clementine' (followed by the traditional horsey round of laughs) every five minutes wasn't annoying enough one of the girls deliberately poured half a drink she didn't want on the floor and didn't even have the decency to look embarrassed 10 minutes later when a waitress came out and tried to clean it up. (This is not the pubs fault obviously but obnoxious clientele like this can put you off a place!)
I don't do oysters. Nothing against the Westbridge, but more against the horrid-looking little slimy things, and the fact that their rather over-the-top allergic reaction that they inspire in some of my family means that I'll never taste one, because of my wholly rational distaste of hospitals.
So, when I was part of a group being given an 'oysters and beer' night, I opted for the latter and eschewed the former.
So, if you're wanting a review of the oysters, I'm not your man. Skip on to the next review, if I were you, and save yourself the excited crooning about their beers.
Because, my, they know their beers. The first place I've seen to sell some of the range from the Porterhouse (in Dublin and Covent Garden); and the first place I've seen to sell a special type of Duvel, Duvel Green. I didn't get to taste that, but I did get to taste many of their beers - including Oyster Stout (which has real oysters in it, and no, I'm not dead yet). And their clever plan is to sell beer in third-pints - the smallest legal measure for beer - for a tasting they call something similar to a pint in three halves, except their name for it is rather better.
The pub itself is instantly homely and comfortable, though the clutch of loud bankers inside blocking the entrance was slightly less welcoming. But, clientele aside, the place has been carefully made to be warm and pleasant, while not completely old-worlde. They've succeeded, and well.
The food menu looked delicious, too. I'm going back there to discover what their Sunday Roast is like. And to try that Duvel Green.
Wow ! What a great pub. The owner and manager both made us feel so welcome I will certainly be back.
This place is so much better than the last time I visited 5 years ago.
Five stars from me. Highly recommended.
The Anchor Porter for only £4.50, this is a good offer. For tasty chilling beer, try the mentioned beer before and also the Peroni Red. Be careful and patient if you go there because often you just can't find where to sit. This place is so full in the evening.
If you like burgers like I do,you need try the one in Draft House!
They do offers on Mondays so worth trying.
The stuff is really polite which adds to the whole experience!
What a lovely pub!
We went for an oysters and ale tasting evening which was really fantastic - I know feel like joining CAMRA..
How could you not love a pub with He Man wallpaper! I did a double-take on my way up from the Ladies'. Crazy!
I was there for a special event and we ate lots and lots of pints of prawns--very fresh prawns. I only wish they were larger!
Then we ate more oysters in one sitting than I've ever had before in one sitting. It was crazy! (Again, that wallpaper!)
This was all washed down with a number of different types of beers, which I am unfortunately a bit hazy on. Too many beers, you see.
I really liked the huge table in the back that we sat at. Great for a large group.
They also, apparently, have some of the best party rooms in SW London. Good to know.
Oysters, steak, Great selection of real ales. This is where I go most. Nice boozer, Nice people
I hired the venue upstairs and I was rely impressed. I found the management really accommodating and I will definitely use it again.
Nice place, good food and excellent service.
What a nice place to have some chat with your friends with some quality time!
Vibrating nicely on a rainy Saturday. 5's for the sundae and the scratching (Californians, think chicharones looking like cheese straws - that's pork love right there!). A 3 for the Koreatown chicken (nice idea, but dry - i'd recommend a hit of fresh garlic). Not sure what I was thinking - all signs point to Belgian, so why'd I go Korean?
I have visited this area for over twenty years and this site has been a problem for all of that time until the present owners arrived; the reason is simple it has changed to one of the most relaxing and informal 'destination' gastro-pubs south of the river. Excellent food and superb atmosphere for long lunches/ early evening snacks and drinks/ pints into the night. With or without a large dinner. This is a place that survived Battersea bridge being closed for a year within weeks of the grand opening, so it definitely has something special about it.
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