What: Annie’s – home style restaurant food
Where: 36-38 White Hart Lane, London, SW13 0PZ
When: A lovely weeknight in July 2012
Price: £20-30 a head ish
Rating: Four and a half stars
Annie’s is just lovely. Tucked away a little off the beaten track, Annie’s is a down in Barnes, SW13. I am seriously jealous of the locals who have it on their doorstep – and to those who don’t, it is definitely worth a trip. I went down with some fellow bloggers for a lovely sociable evening, and it was one of the scrummiest meals I’ve had in ages.
We started with a Blush Royale cocktail – made with prosecco and rose syrup, with sugared rose petals. Divine. Then we swiftly moved onto starters, which were brilliant. I opted for Grilled Halloumi, Roast Squash, Fig & Caramelised Shallot Salad, which was light and delicious, with wonderfully complimentary flavours. I’m a big halloumi fan, and I can confirm it was cooked to absolute perfection – still squeaky, but nice and soft and warm. The caramelised shallots were a beautiful partner for the cheese, and the figs gave the salad a note of delicate sweetness. A real winner.
For mains, I chose the Beer Battered Haddock and Chips, which was top notch. It’s a generous portion, served with minted peas and lemon tartare, and the fish was fresh and flakey. The batter was light and crispy – and it was a devil to resist eating the whole lot.
As for puddings, it was a tough choice but I went for the Banoffee Pie, which was spectacularly good. The base was perfectly cooked (buttery biscuit base, anyone?) and the bananas were perfectly fresh and sweet. The toffee sauce and cream were delish and as you can see, it was served beautifully.
I had a wonderful, wonderful evening at Annie’s – and would recommend it to anyone in South London. And to those lovely folk north of the river, I would say it is definitely worth a trip – particularly if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Barnes is lovely and right on the river, so it’s a great place to head for a nice summery evening!