You are so lucky if you are a local to Battersea. There is a little gem of a London pub on the high street called The Candlemaker who has the most fabulous chef in Michele Cremona.
Soho’s favourite pop up café, The Full English Kitchen’s Michele Cremona has taken over managing the Laine’s London pub and brings with her an entirely appropriate retro food menu of great quality comfort food. Using the best ingredients from her favourite farmers, dishes range from old-favourites with a twist such as shredded lamb shepherds pie and beef brisket hash with black pudding, through to new creations like Michele’s meatloaf burger.
Michele will also be bringing an East End fish stand, serving oysters on a Friday night, weekly market stalls and BBQ chefs overseeing cook outs. Michele has also transferred her ‘Herb Hospital’ of rescued plants to the pub. Her love of the Battersea community, and belief in the power of growing food, has lead her to donate 25p from every full English breakfast and pint of Laine’s Best to gardening charity Thrive.
She found herself in the kitchen of the pub she started running 15 years ago, initially as a kitchen porter doing the washing up. Despite being the boss, she slowly earned her place amongst the top London restaurant chefs she actually employed, waiting to be asked to move up from the menial tasks. She says that her apprenticeship came from working with great chefs, something she continues to this day with stagiaire positions with Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and Tom Kerridge’s The Hand & Flowers and The Coach.
We went on a Monday evening (which is also quiz night), and the pub was filled to the brim creating a brilliant atmosphere. Michele’s menu is uncomplicated yet filled with delicious real English food made to the highest standard. We tucked into bubble and squeak with fried eggs, cauliflower, Eton mess, and fruit crumble whilst ogling at the tables around us and their choices. They are good old-fashioned favourites that have been made with the finest ingredients and care.
We felt completely at home, as though we were at an old friend’s kitchen table enjoying the food and the vibe. Yes please, I’ll definitely be going back.
136 Battersea High Street