Posted 26 June 2007 - 05:11 PM
79 Westow Hill, London SE19 1TX
Phone: 020 8670 0654
Posted 02 July 2007 - 12:52 PM
Posted 04 July 2007 - 10:48 AM
I went into the Newly named Westow House on Saturday night and it has really changed, there is a new nice crowd of people in there, friendly service and fab decor. The Manager there is very welcoming and I hope they do well. Haven't eaten there yet but look forward to trying out the menu.
Posted 12 July 2007 - 11:11 PM
Having popped in today I was astounded at change. Mostly of interest were bookshelves: FULL of books, like a library. Enjoyed flicking through a yellow-paged tome expounding evidence of how we are all psychic, and how YOU can be too.
A few others were sat happily reading books too. Also, back section is no longer a big-screen sports dungeon, but a brightly lit area with DJ and adverts for salsa lessons hosted within! Quite a change in style from the lairy sportstastic Bluebottle big screen for footie.
Also of note is interesting non-linear pattern of spirits upon back wall behind bar. Pretty "funky", though I s'pose that depends on whether you're into that sort of thang...
Noted sensibly-priced food of sensible nature listed on menu, pretty wicked to find somewhere where you can buy a straightforward sandwich for under a fiver! Definite thumbs-up here for that sort of attitude, though didn't eat there on this occasion.
All this combined with obvious newly-legislated smoke-freeness created an entirely new image of former Bluebottle in my eyes. It still the excellent outside seating and it all seemed very sociable and groovy.
Seems not unreasonable to suggest that, in the Triangle at least, this is the first "proper" competitor the White Hart has had in recent times for similar "burlesque" stylings and typical non-London "ex-pats". Great stuff.
Posted 13 July 2007 - 08:11 AM
Also the new manager is very competent and runs a tight ship, but seems to have a bit of a Jekell and Hyde attitude to his patrons before and after 9pm...
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Posted 19 July 2007 - 09:46 AM
About half an hour later I was ordering drinks at the bar & heard the manager explaining to another customer that there'd been a electrical fault in the kitchen. As we hadn't had our food & hadn't been told of any problems, alarm bells were by now sounding loudly. We approached the manager who was very apologetic & said that our order couldn't be processed due to the problems in the kitchen. To be fair he refunded our food & last round of drinks & has promised a free meal should we dare to go back. I think we'll give him a chance & take him up on his offer - he did look very stressed. The place has been done up well (trying to match the Mansion but not quite matching its opulence) & the book shelves look very homely - but where's the gorgeous open fire gone? Hope it comes back in the winter. I can only hope that the staff ignorance will improve with a bit of better training & customer service awareness - but I suspect it might be a question of getting what you pay for & they must be paying peanuts...
Posted 19 July 2007 - 07:23 PM
The food ranked about 4/10. The burgers were all burnt and probably deep fried first. Do not go there for the food, compared to the WHite Heart, it feels like they are making lots of short cuts. The atmosphere was dead and the staff were all over the place. Sure, the decor is nice, but for a place to work the food, staff and atmosphere have to be good. Won't go there again.
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Posted 06 August 2007 - 05:01 PM
So sloppy, unfriendly service and no atmosphere. We drank up and moved to the White Hart where we enjoyed a cold beer and partook of the excellent barbeque.
Posted 07 August 2007 - 04:23 PM
Edited by gekko, 08 August 2007 - 09:05 AM.
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Posted 08 August 2007 - 08:42 AM
Overall a really good experience - we all drank leffe which was perfectly chilled and I was very impressed with the simplicity and value of the menu. I agree that the White Hart has a bit more atmosphere but the service in there often leaves alot to be desired and the food can be hit and miss.
Posted 08 August 2007 - 09:08 AM
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