With its tricky location (and of course being located in the deepest darkest no-man’s-land we call South London) Battersea isn’t somewhere we frequent very often. Coming in from the city, it usually requires a lot of walking, or a lot of buses.
However, talks to extend the Northern Line to Battersea were given the go ahead in November, and developers promise the extension will take commuters from the south to the city in just under fifteen minutes. Sure it’s about five years away, but with plans for development in the works we’re thinking once-secret destinations will soon be a bit more popular.
Enter Source Battersea.
Squeezed between Battersea Park and Battersea Bridge, Source overlooks Ransomes Docks and once housed an old ice cool store – how else do you think Londoners kept their drinks cool back in the day?The building also sits atop one of London’s only natural springs, and of course the owners have used this rare feature to serve their own fresh bottled water for £1. Even better, 80p from each bottle sold goes to Magic Breakfast, which aims to give children in the area a hearty breakfast.
The restaurant is run by young married couple Elsa and Johan De Jager and aims to showcase the best of British food. Think crab toast with brown butter served with chilli, lamb leg with aubergine caponata, ratte potatoes and ricotta, and Earl grey infused crème brulee for a sweet finish.
Source’s menu is pared right down as their ingredients are all sourced (geddit?) from small family-run and local suppliers; cheese from Spitalfields, lamb from Wales, bread from Waterloo and beef from Yorkshire.
The restaurant has a young, trendy vibe, and with space in the basement for private events and dining, held in the cold store’s ancient refrigerators no less, it’s a definite local’s haunt for now. With its quirky nature, fresh water on tap, and plans to make the area more accessible, who knows how long that’ll stay the case.
Source, Unit 29, Ransome’s Dock, 35-37 Parkgate Road, Battersea, London SW11 4NP