A guide to the top 10 Wimbledon restaurants
SW19 may be overwhelmingly associated with strawberries and cream, but there is far more adventurous foodie fare waiting to be discovered in our top ten guide to restaurants in Wimbledon.
The Alexandra Pub
Putting on a spread of typical British pub fare, the Alex in Wimbledon is your go-to option for a post-Sunday Wimbledon Common walk. Go for a homely pie and gravy or a hearty roast to complete your weekend. Aside from British pub food, the menu showcases fresh and seasonal ingredients cooked by talented resident chefs. During the summer months, the bar spills out onto the cobbled streets and Wimbledon fans enjoy celebrating the action in the home of tennis. Take to the roof for a visit to the loft bar where an artful patio makes for a cosy spot to enjoy any summer sunshine.
A cosy family-run Italian set to celebrate its 50th birthday next year, San Lorenzo has gained a solid reputation and support base over the years among local residents and famous faces including tennis greats. Among its loyal returning customers are members of London’s Italian community who come time and time again for fond memories of home. Authentic dishes of fresh pastas, risottos and perfect pizzas can be found on the menu, and are more often than not finished off with a limoncello or two.
An independent French restaurant bringing a taste of the Continent to Wimbledon Village with dishes such as traditional ballotine of rabbit and duck magret. Ingredients are locally sourced and are immaculately presented for the ultimate French fine dining experience. In the summer months, light floods the Wimbledon restaurant, pouring in through the large glass windows that look out onto the charming village streets. During the colder months, the French bistro welcomes with its hearty French dishes and cosy atmosphere.
The Giggling Squid
This cosy Thai restaurant brings vibrant and colourful plates packed with zingy Thai flavours to the heart of Wimbledon Village. Visitors can enjoy classic Thai dishes in a small plate tapas style or go for generous sharing platters. Main menu options include authentic stir-fries accented with the traditional hint of lemongrass, coconut milk, and warm ginger. The interior of the restaurant adds to the customer experience, with a colour scheme complemented by a pretty floral display.
A stylish dinner option, Black Raddish restaurant in Wimbledon Village, brings together a taste of France with a modern twist. The menu is small and minimalistic like the intimate venue, but certainly packs a punch with adventurous and exotic flavours. Pick from dishes such as pan roast skate wing accompanied by roast hispi, pink fir potatoes and mussel cream. Foodies can also take delight in the exceptional tasting menu where you can enjoy five whole courses including a burrata starter, ox tartar followed by gnocchi, venison and finished with a chocolate desert. Menus are based on the best seasonal produce available at the market and are cooked simply but with devotion and care.
New kids on the block just a stone’s throw from Wimbledon station, Roxie’s speciality is South African cuisine meaning it’s a meaty affair. The restaurant is well located at the bottom of Wimbledon Hill and surrounded by bustling pubs. Carnivores can pick from an array of butcher’s cuts and rest assured that Roxie work with family-run suppliers to source only the best steaks. There is also the option to double up and go for the butcher’s feast, featuring flat iron, hanger, pichanha and all this comes with fries, beef dipping jus, a homemade sauce and glass or that perfect steak accompaniment, Malbec wine.
Another contender for top of the Thai in Wimbledon is the oh so sleek Patara. The fine dining restaurant serves up a mixture of authentic Thai dishes in a stylish setting. The interior marries clean lines with wooden furnishings which adheres to the minimalist style mirrored in the menu. Top of the dishes on offer include the wild ginger beef which involves a beef fillet stir-fried with fresh chilli, lemongrass, kaffir lime and green peppercorn, served alongside tender stem broccoli. There is also a great selection of vegetarian dishes.
Known as one of London’s most stylish restaurant brands, The Ivy has been frequented by the city’s well-heeled residents since the turn of the 20th century. In recent years, the restaurant has branched out to the capital’s leafy suburbs, such as Wimbledon Village. Service is famously impeccable and the interior boasts a chic Art Deco-esque interior. The menu offers a wide selection of cuisine from the continent and beyond, with the classic steak frites dish on offer as well as lobster and fennel risotto.
Japanese dining meets slick Scandinavian chic at Sticks’n’Sushi, a cosmopolitan restaurant in the heart of SW19. The stylish interior is ultra-modern with Japanese art and glass walls. The sushi itself is freshly crafted and the platters feature favourites like tuna tartare served with miso and a delicious ginger or tempura shrimp with miso aioli and chili.
Slightly off the beaten track, Holy Smoke restaurant is worth the venture out of Wimbledon town centre. The décor is simple and discreet like the restaurant itself but don’t be fooled by the strip back interior – the food is of top quality. Favourites on the menu include the roasted guinea fowl with butter confited shallots and baby carrots and deserts options include a delectable cheese board featuring goats cheese, blu in vinaccia with flatbreads and preserves with white truffle honey.