Review on Water House
Following the success of Acorn House, James Grainger-Smith and Arthur Potts Dawson have upped their eco-game with the opening of Water House alongside the Regent's Canal in north Hoxton. Like the King's Cross original, this is a restaurant driven by über-green environmental principles: everything is carefully planned, worked through and convincing, from the furnishings and hydro-carbon fridges to the wormery and composters for transforming waste.
The whole set-up makes much of harnessing renewable hydro-electric power from the waters of the canal, with the latest pump technology driving the heating and cooling systems. Inside, it looks just the ticket, with its turquoise 'water-blue' chairs and columns, dark wooden tables and suspended beams. Menus change every month, ingredients are impeccably sourced from accredited producers and seasonality is the watchword.
Breakfast kicks off the day and snacks are available at any time. For lunch the emphasis shifts to more serious stuff: expect creative soups (perry and parsnip), salads (braised carrots with honey, thyme and hazelnuts), pasta and dishes such as pork loin with aubergines, spinach and paprika. Dinner brings an array of starters (smoked mackerel with celeriac and apple rémoulade) and main courses ranging from slow-roast shoulder of lamb with quinces to steamed cod with smoked brandade.
Cheeses are English and desserts span everything from bitter chocolate tart with pepper sorbet to lemon sponge. Water is bottled on site and the full drinks drink list is true to the cause, with ethical coffees and teas, juices and ciders, plus an intelligent, organically biased selection of wines from around the globe (including fizz from Kent).
Water House is also featured in: Michelin GuideRate this Restaurant
Modern British / European
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 9.00am - 12.00pm Tue-Fri
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Tue-Fri (10.00am - 3.00pm Sat)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Thu-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express