South London



They've already built up a legion of fans with Terroirs and Brawn, and now Ed Wilson and Oli Barker have opened their third restaurant Soif. Their latest natural wine bar and bistro will "continue the pair's ethos of opening rustic, hearty, simple and seasonal French and British food complemented by an extensive range of natural and bio-dynamic wines".

Restaurant details

Address: 27 Battersea Rise, Battersea, London SW11 1HG

Telephone number: 020 7223 1112

Nearest station: Clapham Cunction rail

Opening times: Daily 12 noon to 10:30pm

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Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Critics' score: 7
Lucas Hollweg Sunday TImes
Reviewed on August 19, 2012
"If I lived Twixt the Commons, I would be very happy to have this on my doorstep. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a fun night out. Which, if nothing else, is what natural wines are all about." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on April 29, 2012
"If I'm not in love with the place, it's because of its functional interior. But the food is good, which is what the whole thing's meant to be about." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on March 21, 2012
"The succinct, daily changing menu is as butch as a barrelful of cage fighters: trotters and scratchings, tête de veau and black pudding." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Richard & Peter Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed by January 31, 2012
"If you write restaurant guides for a living, and still find yourself having to ask what a lot of the dishes are – from a daily-changing small/large plate French bistro menu – you can’t help feeling some sort of point is being made, and that it is a slightly irritating one." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
John Lanchester Guardian Estimated score
Reviewed on December 30, 2011
"The meaty Soif is by far the best restaurant in the strip of eateries on this side of Battersea Rise. It comfortably surpasses the others; in fact, from their point of view, you might even say it was beaty." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6.5
John Walsh Independent
Reviewed on December 10, 2011
"We left Soif feeling stuffed, but impressed by the gutsy intensity of the chef's cooking." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
David Sexton Evening Standard
Reviewed on December 01, 2011
" way and another, for locals Soif is obviously a great addition to the neighbourhood, bound to be packed, at these fair prices. That we failed to enjoy our evening as much as we had expected perhaps should be put down partly to the location and atmosphere, as well as the heavy cooking." READ REVIEW

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