The Waterway // Maida Vale // London

Like all big cities, London is so jam-packed with places to eat that you could never hope to discover the best ones without some local advice; The Waterway in Maida Vale is one of these addresses worth discovering.

Loitering on the edge of the Grand Union Canal, down a dead-end street, The Waterway’s teak deck and a modern adjoining dining room is an inviting place to spend a lazy afternoon.  If it’s not warm enough to be outside, the dark brown leather couches inside are a welcoming place to collapse.

Food-wise, they offers smart, traditional pub food.  On Sunday, they serve a roast, with a range of complementary of sides – perfectly crisped potatoes, a really good celeriac purée and an assortment of winter vegetables.  The gravy is on the side and can be easily polished-off with the freshly baked rosemary bread.  The starters seem like they’re meant to be shared, which helps to create a relaxed atmosphere.  Sharing is also a cunning way on not filling-up too much before you mains arrive; be warned – they are generous.

It is worth noting too that The Waterway is definitely family friendly, complete with highchairs and an enclosed outdoors area.  On the downside, this can mean it is a bit noisy.  Booking are normally needed to secure a sunny spot on the deck, but sometimes you can chance your luck.


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