It was the Canalway Cavalcade last weekend in Little Venice so I popped along to see what it was all about. The Summerhouse had been recommended to me as a place to pop into for brunch while I was there and given that they can get quite busy I made a reservation for noon in advance.
The reason I had booked us in for noon had less to do with wanting to have a lie in that morning and more to do with the fact that it meant we could enjoy offerings from both the brunch AND lunch menus. Brunch is served until 4pm and lunch starts from 12 so we had the best of both worlds.
The Summerhouse is practically located on the canal itself and if you’re lucky like we were you’ll have spectacular views while you’re eating and it’s easy to get lost in your own thoughts.
As it was a Sunday I decided to be naughty and have a peach bellini to go with my brunch, one of my favourite indulgences, while we perused the menu. There was so much I wanted to try that I actually ended up ordering a regular starter and then from the brunch menu as my main. A tad unconventional but they were more than happy to accommodate.
To start I couldn’t resist the seared scallops with black pudding fritters, pancetta and roast apple puree. Two large juicy scalloped with practically cremated bacon (just the way I like it) which went perfectly with the blank pudding bon bons. I have to say wasn’t keen on the puree but the flavours of everything else blended together to create a taste sensation.
My dining companion chose the popcorn shrimp with sweet chilli sauce and I was able to pinch one. Beautifully fried and not overly greasy I could easily have devoured a portion of this by myself and it’s definitely a dish I would recommend.
For main I went for scrambled eggs with toast and crispy bacon. I was disappointed that the bacon wasn’t as crispy as it had been in my starter but it was still pretty good. The toast was a bit weird in that it was about half the thickness of regular bread and so not quite as substantial as I would have liked.
The other main that was ordered was the smoked haddock, salmon and prawn fishcakes with creamy leeks & keta, frisee and quail eggs. I didn’t get to try it but was told that it was full of flavourful chunky pieces of fish and very tasty. I did get to try some of the chips though and those were fantastic. I’m a very particular person when it comes to chips and these were perfect – crispy of the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. I was more than happy to finish the ones that my dining companion could not!
Sadly after clearing our plates we had no room for pudding. Instead we paid the bill then grabbed a whippy cone from a nearby ice cream van as we took another walk along the canal. I’d wholeheartedly recommend The Summerhouse to anyone in the area, the menu is pretty varied and you really can’t rival the views.
60 Blomfield Road