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The tennis might be long over, but there are still plenty of reasons to visit Wimbledon. DOSE writer Rosie discovers a number of foodie hotspots that make a journey to the southern suburb for reasons other than tennis worthwhile…

Megan’s – Mediterranean-influenced fare in a magical setting

The latest addition to Megan’s collection of neighbourhood restaurants in West London is located on Wimbledon High Street, and is just as romantic in its décor as its others: think hanging lamps, exposed brick with blossom flowers creeping up the walls, and an abundance of twinkling fairy lights. In keeping with the tradition of its other locations, dogs are also welcome.

Megan’s is best-known for its delicious Mediterranean-influenced brunch, which is available all day: their variations on shakshouka (shakshoumi or shakshorizo are a must-try dishes) make the perfect dinner. The evening offering includes sharing mezze to start, with ‘posh’ kebabs and overnight braised cokertme ‘steak and chips’ for main, while their famous half-baked Nutella cookie dough dessert may just change your life.

Patara – Thai food in a secret garden

Patara is known for its elegant presentation of contemporary Thai cuisine, served in restaurants that are equally exquisite – the walls of the Wimbledon branch are covered in stunning traditional artwork that instantly transports you out of south-west London and across to south-east Asia.

During the summer the beautiful garden terrace is perfect for enjoying a relaxing evening whilst indulging in elevated Thai dishes such as lobster tail Pad Thai – washed down with a signature Thai mojito, of course. Service epitomises the warmth and generosity of spirit that is synonymous with Thailand, and the same can be said for the authentic curries.

601 Queen’s Rd – cocktails on a light-filled terrace

We discovered 601 Queen’s Rd last summer (read our full review here) and instantly fell in love with its location, which offers outdoor drinking and dining at its best, set above the hustle and bustle of daily life. This summer, we’ve been working our way through their botanical spritz menu on the leafy terrace, mopping it up with dishes from the extensive vegan menu: the sweet potato Sunday roast is a must-try.

Bar + Block – steak done right

Steak lovers, this one’s for you: a contemporary, all-day dining steakhouse that features an ever-changing selection of hand-cut steaks, from the usual rump, ribeye and sirloin to signature cuts like marinated spiral cut sirloin – all served with delicious sides like halloumi fries and apple slaw. The extensive drinks menu features a wide selection of craft beers, a curated wine list and innovative cocktails such as Salted Caramel Espresso Martinis and a Flamingo Punch – an indulgent blend of Jose Cuervo tequila, watermelon, fresh lime and cranberry – which are half price from Monday to Thursday between 5pm and 7pm…you have been warned. At least they keep you topped up with generous pots of their signature beef dripping popcorn, which tastes dangerously good.

Hotel du Vin – bistro fare overlooking gorgeous grounds

Hotel du Vin is the hotel of choice for well-heeled tennis fans travelling to London for The Championships, and a meal in their bistro will soon show you why. Featuring a stunning orangery, huge windows let the light flood into the cool, airy space, and bring you closer to the green beauty of its setting in Cannizaro Park.

Hotel du Vin’s bistros are popular for fusing classic French techniques with British favourites. Expect traditional dishes done to perfection: French onion soup, chicken liver parfait, steak tartare and even snails. Sunday lunch is a next-level affair, with a lavish French Market Table offering Severn & Wye hot and cold smoked salmon, a selection of cured meats, Cumberland Scotch eggs, home-made pork & thyme sausage rolls and a selection of vibrant salads. That’s before you’ve chosen your traditional roast as a main course – followed by a decadent dessert, of course. It’s just as well the grounds are so stunning: you’ll need to walk it off after.

By Rosie

Main photo: Hotel du Vin

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