Food Editor Paloma Lacy shares the best restaurants included in the ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme for al fresco dining in Wimbledon…
There’s still a few weeks left to enjoy the Government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme, which sees a maximum of £10 off per person on in-house dining from Monday to Wednesday until 31st August. The only thing to enhance the experience is eating al fresco and soaking up the late summer sun. Here are our top picks for Wimbledon spots.
The Dog & Fox
Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when lockdown lifted and Young’s Pubs finally opened on 20th July. Since then, people have flocked back to The Dog & Fox because nowhere illustrates Village life quite like it. It was made for outside dining and the menu lends itself to catching up with friends and family, with sharing boards and platters. Dishes like baked rosemary & garlic Somerset camembert, dukkah, quince jelly and toasted bread, and if you fancy something a little heavier, cote de boeuf sharer, triple cooked chips, button mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and onion rings. Be sure to download the Young’s App before you arrive to save time ordering.
601 Queen’s Rd
Wimbledon’s very own tables with a view at this all-day dining spot are much sought after so do ensure you book. Social distancing initiatives are in place and orders are placed by the App. There are an impressive range of vegan dishes, and more inventive than you’d usually find. We liked the sound of vegan house breakfast – falafels, smashed avocado, slow roast tomatoes, field mushrooms, brick oven sourdough toast. Who doesn’t love home-baked bread? And this one has been fermented for 24 hours. London halloumi and crushed avocado burger is another vegan special, served with basil, coriander, shaved wonky courgette, garlic yoghurt and rocket.
Maison St Cassien
There’s never a dull moment at this high street hotspot as you sit and watch the world go by over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Particularly nice for lunch, the menu takes inspiration from the Mediterranean and Lebanon. Simple sandwiches – mozzarella, grilled aubergine, basil pesto & tomato – and dishes that are great for sharing, such as hummus, tabbouleh, vine leaves, spicy potatoes, falafel & grilled Lebanese bread.
If seafood hits the spot for you, how does lobster, fries, rocket, red onion and caper salad for a bargain £21 sound*? Very good, we think. That’s just one of the dishes on offer at The Alexandra. We also like the look of fresh crab, scallop and spinach ravioli, parsley butter and orange, and home-made gnocchi. Whatever you decide to feast upon, sipping a killer cocktail while you decide is recommended. What will your tipple be? Aperol Spritz, Espresso Martini or a punchy Bloody Mary?
*Price includes £10 discount.
Nestled on the banks of the River Wandle, the William Morris pub has an enviable location and attractive views, no matter the weather. The panoramic view from seating on the other side of the bar is nearly as good as an outside spot. This is a traditional pub with a distinctly contemporary feel.
Book a table and enjoy their delicious set menus with 50% taken off the bill as part of the Eat Out To Help Out scheme, Monday – Wednesday only, all day. Get 2 courses for £17.50 (£8.25), 3 courses for £20 (£10). All courses include a selected free soft drink
Written By: Paloma Lacy | Food Editor