If someone paid me a pound for every time I uttered the words ‘I could murder a burger’ or ‘a glass of wine would do nicely right now’, I swear I’d be a gazillionaire. Sinking my teeth into a juicy patty sandwiched between a soft bun, or sipping a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc after a long day are two wonderfully comforting experiences I often engage in. Separately. My simple food logic dictates that burgers go with beer, and wine… that goes with everything else, they just don’t go together.
Ben’s Canteen would beg to differ – they set out to challenge this simple logic of mine (and maybe yours too?!) by matching the two together. And because they obviously take their burgers and wine very seriously, they made not one but three pairings… And yes, because I am a self-proclaimed burger enthusiast, I happily tried all three.
We all know the importance of this even without listening to property gurus Kirstie and Phil bang on about it to hapless house-hunters all over the country. With a potential house purchase you’re probably wondering what the community is like, what your transport options are, whether the high street has a decent smattering of shops and if you’re like me, where the nearest supermarket is. I imagine it’s much the same when you’re looking for your restaurant location, though perhaps minus the supermarket worry. So when I arrived at Queenswood in Battersea Square, I was a little stumped. I don’t know the area well at all but looking around, I’m hoping the owners know more than I do because honestly, it feels like it’s in the middle of not much else.
To get there, we took a leisurely stroll from Clapham Junction which took just under 20 minutes, coming from Battersea Park station will take you closer to 30 minutes but I suppose there are bus options too. We’re just not really bus people, especially on a Friday evening during peak hour. At the Square there’s a handful of other restaurants, the most memorable being the rather swanky London House, one of the Gordon Ramsay empire which was reasonably busy, while the others were hardly occupied. This doesn’t feel like an area you stumble upon. So are these red flags or red herrings?