The long Easter weekend gives you the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends, have long lunches and try out new restaurants. On Good Friday Will and I made plans to catch with some friends in a local restaurant in Barnes called Annie’s.
Our friends have a gorgeous little girl called Orla and having walked past Annie’s on numerous occasions when on the house hunt in Barnes, it looked like the perfect kind of family friendly establishment to try out with them.
From the outside it looks like the kind of place that is going to be friendly, cosy, quaint yet charming and I’m pleased to say it delivered across the board.
At this time of year it’s too cold to sit outside (other than a brave few) but I imagine in the summer it would be a lovely spot to sit under the parasols and enjoy a chilled glass of rose.
As soon as you walk in you’re greeted by the front of house, which was a chap called Mark. Mark was big on personality and you immediately knew you would be in for a treat. He treats you like family with the banter he handed out and you felt at home in no time.
There is a small bar at the front which you can perch at drinking cocktails or as we were here for lunch, we were shown to our table.
It’s got a buzzy atmosphere and you can see this is a well established restaurant with the locals. It’s family friendly and they aren’t worried about the ‘littleuns’ causing some havoc or noise. In fact, they have a fantastic art display from all the pictures the kiddies have drawn.
The decor is quirky with sparkly chandeliers, well placed vases with big flowers on display and a mix of dark furniture giving it a brasserie feel. They have a cute little outdoor space too which I bet is a great hidden gem in the summer.
With menus handed out I scanned down and started narrowing down to my favourite top three to pick from. Mark (the front of house) came over to take our orders and continued to banter us like we’d been in there a hundred times before. Having someone like that running the show gives you confidence that there is a great team behind this place making sure that customer service is at the forefront of their minds.
Back to the menu… I struggle not to order a burger whenever I see it on a lunchtime menu and spotting the lamb burger with the twist of goats cheese and caramelised onion, I couldn’t opt for anything else. And I’m glad I didn’t…
The lamb burger was huge! A mouth-watering burger dripping in gooey goats cheese, topped with dark caramelised onion and fresh lettuce, tomato and gherkins encased in a toasted bun.
The burgers come on wood boards which I always think is the only way to serve a burger. It immediately gives a feeling of eating in a classy place rather than your everyday restaurant.
And then to top it off they were proper chips! Not soft chips, but those lovely crisp chips with fluffy potato inside served in a little tin pot wrapped in cleverly branded ‘Annie’s’ paper. It really is those little things that give a place stand out. It shows they’ve really put the thought in.
Annie’s is a great place to come for brunch, lunch or a romantic dinner with plentiful menu choices which ought to keep any foody happy.
I’m looking forward to going back to try out their cocktail list and I think the House Special – Roast Corn-Fed Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries, Mixed Leaves with Roast Garlic & Tarragon Ailoi.