Northbank is located just by the Thames River with sweeping views of the river and some of London’s best known landmarks…
From the private terrace there’s a view straight across the river to Shakespeare’s Globe, The Shard and the Millenium Bridge and just behind the restaurant lies St Paul’s Cathedral…
Dining at Northbank certainly allows for some of the best views that London offers without hurtling to a high floor in a great glass elevator if you have a fear of heights.
Inside you can make the most of the view with a window seat…
Or choose a comfortable green leather booth whilst admiring the funky wallpaper that features little iconic images of London.
With the floor to ceiling windows that show off the gorgeous view it’s also the perfect restaurant for a blogger as there’s so much natural light to take pictures of bread rolls…
Joining me for lunch today was my old school friend Gemma, who had just come back from an incredible trip to Vietnam and Cambodia – two countries that are high on my bucketlist – and it was great to get some first hand advice for when I eventually go!
The menu at Northbank is classic British with a Cornish influence and it showcases ingredients from owner, Christian Butler’s home town of Falmouth and the surrounding areas of Cornwall.
Gemma’s starter was a whole dressed Dorset crab with celeriac remoulade, a decent sized portion served with hearty slabs of toast. Gemma really enjoyed the succulent crab and could taste the freshness as the fish is delivered daily, straight from boats of the Cornish shore.
I loved my sauted tiger prawns and the spicy chilli and ginger marinade, the accompanying watermelon was a happy reminder that summer menus are finally here. My only complaint about this dish was the small amount of prawns, but at least it meant I had room for the surprise intermediate course that the waitress brought out
A perfectly pink duck breast served with truffle shavings; the duck was beautifully prepared but my favourite thing about this plate was the asparagus which was cooked perfectly tender with just the right amount of seasoning.
Head Chef, Jason Marchant skilfully uses the ingredients sourced directly from Cornwall to create these stunning plates of food. He is also keen to promote independent British farmers and has strong connections with suppliers in the Lake District. Everything about this restaurant truly is best of British right down to the mascot, Christian Butler’s bulldog, Veronica.
Main courses were seasonal too and Gemma chose a Cornish lamb cooked two ways both shoulder and rump with feta, peppers and mint yogurt. The meat was perfectly rare and the accompaniments gave the British dish a rather Mediterranean flair.
I chose the catch of the day which was pan fried trout served with pureed cauliflower and swiss chard. My fish had delicious soft flesh, crispy skin and sat on a buttery bed of spinach.
We decided to save the dessert calories and head for a walk by the river instead…
Gemma and I loved Northbank and I couldn’t fault it, the food is fantastic as is the service but most important of all is location, location, location and it’s ideal for city workers and tourists alike.
One Paul’s Walk
020 7329 9299
Our lunch at Northbank was complimentary