Annie's in Barnes, London
When I moved to Barnes last year, I quickly learnt that Annie's was somewhat of a local institution. I've enjoyed exploring the local establishments, Barnes is very lucky as there are lots to choose from. Coffee shops, pubs & restaurants are plentiful but there are a few that I rate higher than others. There are so many great places to visit in SW London, I'm going to share some of my favourites with you. First up, is Annie's.
Nestled on the corner of White Hart Lane & Limes Field Road, the Grey/Green facade is easy to spot. There are always pretty plants outside, although at the moment, it's Christmas Trees with lots of pretty fairy lights on. Only a couple of minutes' walk, and you'll be on the river path so you can easily burn off some of your lunch with a pre or post lunch walk.
Barnes Bridge station is 0.3 miles away with Mortlake & Barnes stations just a little further. The 209 & 419 buses from Hammersmith bus station take around 15 mins to get to White Hart Lane or, if you'd rather drive, there is on-street parking nearby (permit needed 10-12am Mon-Fri).
Annie's has recently undergone a little makeover and I, for one, love the pretty florals. It won't be to everyone's taste, but it's very in keeping with the restaurant's style. The wallpaper is very busy and a chintzy but it's broken up with gorgeous painted wood panelling in one of my favourite colours. The aged-gold mirrors, candlesticks & lamps mixed with mis-matched wooden tables & chairs creates an atmosphere that is relaxed & informal with a sprinkle of something that is just a little bit special.
For the warmer summer months, at the back of the restaurant there is a cute little courtyard. The plentiful mirror, continue in the courtyard where they do a great job of making the space look bigger than it is. If you'd rather sit and watch the world go by whilst you enjoy your food or even just a glass of bubbles, there are tables & chairs outside the front of the restaurant, perfect for people watching.
The menu is varied with a few old classics mixed in with some modern dishes. There is influence from Asia & India throughout the menu but for me. Annie's famous Shepherd's Pie is one of my favourites. Served with minted peas, it's a great winter warming dish.
My absolute favourite though has to be their Sunday Roast - it's epic! Every week, there are two meats on offer (usually chicken and beef or lamb) and thankfully they serve Yorkshire puddings no matter what you choose. The meat is always well cooked and the veggies are plentiful and even include cauliflower cheese. On a recent visit with my Father who lives in Dorset, he even commented that he would drive all the way to London just to have Annie's Sunday Roast. Praise indeed!
if you can manage to save any room after your main course it's definitely worth it. The puddings are delicious if a bit naughty. They are pretty big so sharing works pretty well and you won't feel as guilty! So worth it!
The new decor is lovely, the food is delicious and the staff are friendly. Annie's is a firm favourite in my book and it's definitely worth a visit. With the River Thames and Richmond Park just minutes away, perhaps combine your visit and experience some of the jewels of SW London.
For more info visit Annie's Website
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Thanks for reading. Until next Sunday when it will be Christmas Eve!!
From Charlotte x