The Candlemaker

136 Battersea High Street, Battersea, London

There is so much to love about The Candlemaker

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Address:136 Battersea High Street
SW11 3JR
Map:Map & nearby
Venue Type:Public Houses & Inns
Nearest Station:Clapham Junction
Opening Hours:

Mon:12:00 - 00:00
Tue:12:00 - 00:00
Wed:12:00 - 00:00
Thu:12:00 - 00:00
Fri:12:00 - 01:00
Sat:12:00 - 01:00
Sun:12:00 - 00:00
About: Battersea High Street receives a welcome new addition this Thursday 1st November in the shape of a beautifully refurbished pub, The Candlemaker.

Formerly The Greyhound, the pub takes its inspiration from the candle factory that operated for over a hundred years in nearby York Road. An additional nod to the pub’s sixties heyday as a thriving market tavern is represented by the colourful pop-art and psychedelic imagery adorning the walls.

The radical refit also extends to the garden with “outdoor rooms” both front and rear, colourfully lit and containing cosy heated pods.

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Farm to table eating
At this Battersea pub the stocks and sauces are made from scratch, food is sourced from nearby farms and producers and Chef Michele Cremona grows her own herbs. It's a cause close to Michele's heart, as she's even running a campaign to encourage locals to do their weekly shop from the high street's market rather than the big supermarkets.

"There is so much to love about The Candlemaker"

Review Rating: 9 / 10
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The food at Battersea’s The Candlemaker comes from a former Soho pop-up called The Full English. As the name suggests the idea is retro British food inspired by the good old greasy spoon, so there’s scampi and chips, cauliflower cheese, bubble and squeak and of course Full English breakfasts available all day. But this description hardly does it justice. Shepherds pie is made with six hour shredded lamb shoulder which practically melts away in rich stock, covered in a layer of homemade potato cakes. Their version of a burger is a huge chunk of meatloaf made from gammon and short rib beef, with chunky chips on the side. Both are so good we just about manage to stop between greedy mouthfuls to sing their praises. There is just one dessert listed on the menu - oat crumble with apples and custard - but the seasonal special is Eton Mess, with plump juicy strawberries, meringue and fresh cream.

Everything is made from scratch: stocks, chutneys and tartare sauce, and food is sourced as locally as possible. So passionate is chef Michele Cremona about this she’s running a campaign called Battersea MyStreet backed by the local MP, in a bid to reinvigorate the weekly market on the high street with local butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers. She also runs a ‘herb hospital’, growing her own herbs to experiment with in recipes and helping locals with their own herb nurturing.

There is so much to love about the place: the food, the ethos behind it and the venue itself, with colourful pop art on the walls, tables made from planks of wood, and a heated garden. It’s a real gem.

Leila reviewed The Candlemaker on Thu 23 Jul 2015
Review disclosure: reviewer was invited to review

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