Moving forward, I am starting a new blog series called London Pub Reviews, as Kris and I do find ourselves frequenting London pubs a lot so it’s time to tell you guys about what we find along the way.
I compare L’Affaire to that person in school who you knew existed but never spoke to and then after many years, you run into them, finally start talking and realise you missed out on several years of not knowing this person! My discovery of L’Affaire was something like that. Living in Wandsworth for several years, I must have walked past this pub countless times but never went in. An invite from their Marketing team was an opportunity to remedy that. Once I ventured inside, I gently kicked myself for not having visited this pub before.
Inside, the space is enormous; it’s possibly one of the biggest pubs I have been to. They have an equally huge courtyard and beer garden which would be fabulous for alfresco dining in summer. There are some quirky and eclectic touches to the interiors, such as a closet doubling up as doors to the loos and sawed beer kegs for lampshades. They have a tank full of brewery fresh beer behind the bar from Sussex-based Firebird Brewing Company. Kris tried their lager, which was nicely sweet and not too hoppy.
We were visiting on Sunday so sampled their Sunday Roasts.
Roast Sirloin of Beef | Mini Cottage Pie, Pumpkin Puree, Roasties, Yorkshire Pudding, Green Vegetables, Sunday Gravy
Roast Rack of Pork | Pulled Pork Bon-Bon, Green Apple, Roasties, Yorkshire Pudding, Green Vegetables, Sunday Gravy
The roasts in general were tasty, substantial in portion and served with quality vegetables. At £15, they were reasonably priced and great value for money. We particularly loved the extra accompaniments; the Cottage Pie (unusual in a roast scenario) was a dinky little bowl of deep, rich, meaty deliciousness. I also loved my pulled pork bon-bon and would have asked for more, as they were lusciously meaty and stringy.
However, not everything was on point. Some of Kris’ beef had some chewy, sinewy bits and the Yorkshire Pud was a tad dry and absolutely dominated the plate by its sheer size.
For dessert, we were very tempted by the Chocolate Soufflé | Pistachio Ice-cream, Glazed Almonds.
Service was courteous and prompt for most parts but there was a bit of a wait between our mains and the dessert, as the souffle was being freshly prepared. This is absolutely understandable but it’s something that we should have been informed in advance to set expectations. Nevertheless, good things come to those who wait, and in our case the souffle turned out to be warm, gooey and deliciously chocolatey.
Overall, L’Affaire is a decent local pub, serving up seasonal British pub fare with a few neat extra touches. The sheer size of the pub is slightly overwhelming and could do with a bit more thought as to how to make it a bit more cosier, especially during winter months. Food in general was good (we loved the delicious little extras) but the one thing that let them down was the meat itself, so perhaps they need to switch to a better meat supplier.
Location : 134 Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 4JP
Disclaimer: I was invited to review the above pub and our meal was complimentary but all opinions and photos are mine