By Angela Green, Content Executive: In Summary: The Crossing, in Barnes.
The independent pub and dining room launched a year ago, and has quickly become a true local hub – whether for a pint and snacks, a full-on dinner, Sunday lunch – or leisurely drinks in the pub or the garden.
Born and raised near Rome, new Head Chef Riccardo Rizzo is adding a few hints of Italy to the predominantly British menu repertoire. Riccardo has joined The Crossing from Chucs (in Mayfair), having previously worked at Chez Bruce.
Owner Christian Arden is an ardent foodie – and living half-time in Dorset means that he accesses a wealth of that county’s seasonal produce, personally delivering everything from foraged wild garlic, to sole, sea bream, skate and red mullet from Will the Fisherman in Swanage, and locally-shot Isle of Purbeck Sika venison from the Weld Estate.
Highlights of the current menu include Fresh pappardelle with pork & veal white ragù, crispy sage & Parmesan; Dorset Dover sole, grey shrimps, cauliflower velouté, pickled apples & English kale; Roast haunch of Sika venison, celeriac purée, honey glazed carrot & berry jus; and Almond & chocolate caprese cake with Disaronno custard.
Sunday Lunch isn’t just about traditional Roast beef & Yorkshire pudding, but also features Daphne’s Slow-cooked lamb, The Crossing Burger (an instant hit), and Free-range rôtisserie chicken – all served in a laid-back atmosphere.
The wine list has been one of the great successes of the relaunch of The Crossing, thanks in part to suppliers Corney & Barrow and Calum Robertson, who have sourced great value wines across the range (from £25) – with many bins that you won’t find elsewhere.
Live Jazz is always a draw on the first Sunday of each month, featuring performances from either Trio Manouche (gypsy jazz), or showcasing young acts such as Matty Barclay (singing and playing her own original compositions).
Quiz Nights every other Tuesday sell out within minutes and have become a fun local go-to, with Christian compering with wit and humour (and there are prizes).
Discretely – key rugby and football matches are show on TV in the Garden, and in 1st floor private dining room – but not in the pub or dining room.
The vibe, mix cosy fireplace, hand-crafted furniture, a great wine list, premium beer and IPAs on tap (and a choice of real ale on the hand pump) – and a cool, young local front-of-house team who love working in hospitality.
Coming this summer – an outdoor Clay Oven Rôtisserie and Pizza Oven in the garden….where the menu will feature chicken, steaks and burgers on the grill, as well as artisan pizza and flatbreads.
The Crossing – 73 White Hart Lane, Barnes, London SW§3 0PW
www.thecrossing-barnes.co.uk Tel – 020-8251 1244 Instagram @tbecrossingbarnes