Reviews in brief
With the Blueprint Cafe yet to launch its Tanqueray terrace, its sister restaurants along the Shad Thames strip already have their summer alfresco spaces in place for D&D’s Blossom City initiative.
The three strips are all allied to one form of booze or another so may prove distracting to diners heading for Mini Patel’s establishment.
Here’s why you should stop or pass on by.
Butler’s Wharf Chop House
The astroturf strips to the riverside edge of this establishment are flavoured with Hendricks gin. Reassuringly British, the cocktail we tried was a tad watery on the tongue, perhaps in homage to the proximity of gallons of Thames rushing past.
Verdict: Walk on
Le Pont De La Tour
Stop here and Provence awaits in liquid form. Its terrace tastes of French elderflower potion St Germain. Crisp and light, it’s a breath of summer in the mouth and the only one of the three to actually feature blossoms in a meaningful form. Verdict: Power to the flowers
Cantina Del Ponte
Oh dear. Are we really still doing plastic orange sunglasses with Aperol Spritz? With so much in the way of aperitivo to choose from, the Italian sister could try harder and, if not, at least be a little more generous with the Aperol.
Verdict: Flatline fizz