Re­view, fill­ing our Lead­belly’s

The Wharf - - Rotherhithe, Bermondsey & Deptford - Rachel Bishop

Ihave to ad­mit I’ve been com­ing to Lead­belly’s since it opened, drawn ini­tially by the knowl­edge it was the sis­ter of The Mayflower. And I love it. So maybe I am go­ing to be bi­ased – or just pre­vi­ously in­formed, if that’s a real ex­pres­sion?

There is a huge choice, from brunch sta­ples with a cheeky twist (ve­gan full English £9.95) to small plates and full meals.

But the pur­pose of this visit was to ex­pe­ri­ence it for a post-work meal and drinks with my hus­band.

We went for a bot­tle of La Chamiza Polo Pro­fes­sional Mal­bec (£29), rec­om­mended by the bar­maid. In short, it was rich but fresh and bal­anced, and went down far too eas­ily.

To line our bel­lies we chose the LB’s Orig­i­nal Wings (£7.50) to start. I felt they were full of flavour and had a crisp skin, but be­ing a spice wimp, I had to take a few breaks to let my mouth cool down. My hus­band loved the flavour (and the level of spice) but wanted a lit­tle more sauce.

I then went for the South­ern fried chicken burger with a gluten-free bun, with charred pineap­ple, gar­lic mayo and fries (£13.95), which I felt could have had come with a slightly big­ger chicken piece. It was ut­terly de­li­cious.

I was du­bi­ous about whether the pineap­ple would go with the chicken, and did think about get­ting rid of it, but I trusted the menu and the flavours worked per­fectly.

My hus­band went for the Philly steak sand­wich with fries, which he said com­bined ex­tremely well with caramelised onions, bell pep­pers and cheese sauce.

The fries were cooked well – not too crispy, not too un­der­done – and all to­gether filled us up just enough for the night. Make the pil­grim­age.

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