August 9, 2019
A Wimbledon Social Sanctuary 601 Queens Road
Located in the heart of Wimbledon, stationed above the aptly named Centrecourt Shopping Centre resides the area’s largest rooftop terrace bar: 601 Queen’s Road.
A stone’s throw from Wimbledon Station and a short drive from where the world-renowned tennis tournament takes place, 601 Queens Road is the perfect Summer evening spot. Light floods the beautifully designed space, a tranquil open rooftop venue prettily adorned with white flowers and miniature orange trees.
The 360° design and floor to ceiling windows make for a sunlit bright and airy space with panoramic views of Wimbledon. The décor is grand but modern with semi-circle blue and white bar stools, perfectly complimenting the circular bar stationed in the centre of the room.
Darwin & Wallace Story
A unique space which sounds like a private address, stylish; impressive all-day dining; fabulous drinks from morning to night fall-Darwin and Wallace create spaces that feel home-from-home, genius! Darwin & Wallace was fed up with mediocre so decided to turn unwanted and underperforming sites into inviting talked about local bars. Darwin & Wallace ethos takes inspiration from the local areas so each bar is unique and distinct from each other. A taste of the bars offered by the entrepreneurs; No 11 Pimlico Road, No 1 Duke Street, No 29 Power Station West and 601 Queens Road. Let’s get to the good part! The food is cooked from scratch using only carefully sourced ingredients. The drinks whether for the start of your day or to unwind in the evening are sourced to ensure complete customer satisfaction.
A bar that looks after the planet
Darwin & Wallace are members of the Sustainable Restaurant Association and won an award for Best Sustainable Pub Group. They have created a garden in No 32 where they keep bees and experiment with crops. They only use GM-Free rapeseed oil in the kitchens, which is wait for it! Converted to Bio Fuel-what a great example!
601 Queens Road Food and Drink
The food and drinks menu is available from breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and Sunday roast offering mouth-watering dishes such as breakfast sourdough bruschetta with roast tomatoes, spinach, avocado and crispy bacon, they also provide menu choices for vegans and vegetarians. If you have a sweet tooth the banana and ricotta pancakes with coconut yoghurt are heavenly. They offer small and sharing plates that are perfect for couples, groups of friends or business brainstorming moments. The cocktail menu offers the classic cocktail or something memorable to put this bar on your list of favourites. Some hot picks on the menu Grilled Buttermilk Chicken Skewers with pickled Jalapeno; House Made Kimchi Fried Rice, poached egg, short grain brown rice, garden peas, carrot, courgette, spring onion and coriander, 25p donated to Honeypot Children’s Charity – a beautiful way to give back.
We were invited to try the latest cocktail collaboration between J&B Rare and Darwin and Wallace. The Raspberry Sour is a twist on a classic serve: The Raspberry Sour. A zesty, fruity cocktail underpinned by the smooth character of J&B Rare.
601 Queen’s Road was where this seasonal serve made its debut. Available from from 1st – 14th July, it proved the perfect partner for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
We had the pleasure of trying this cocktail to accompany our meal. The Raspberry Sour made for a great summer aperitif, delicious with a delicate texture, a quintessentially British mixture of soft red fruit and Scotch whisky.
J&B Rare is mixed with Somerset Pomona from the Somerset Brandy Company. Distilled on Burrow Hill farm by the Temperley family, the Somerset Pomona is full bodied with a robust apple and smooth butterscotch finish, complementing J&B Rare’s delicately balanced taste. Fresh raspberries and passionfruit are blended in to give bright notes, and the drink is topped with fresh lemonade and finished with an aquafaba foam.
The Raspberry Sour is now available across all Darwin & Wallace locations.
My 601 Queens Road Experience
Stepping into 601 Queens Road transported us to a social sanctuary.
601 Queens Road felt like a home from home providing a vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere, so would be an ideal place for remote working, intimate or group dining for breakfast, brunch lunch or dinner.
The venue has a private dining room with wide screen television where your group can eat, drink and be entertained. The lounge offers a space for more intimate meets with tables, chairs and comfy sofas, ideal for relaxing and dining with your favourite people.
The outside terrace is beautifully decorated with creeping white flowers encircling metal beams. Lanterns, plant pots, orange trees and white metal and wood themed furniture on the summer inspired terrace. The raised open plan kitchen with cream shutters gives a peek into the chef’s Kingdom.
The fully stocked bar housed all the ingredients required to create inspired liquid masterpieces.
Once seated the host assisted us with the menu choices. The host recommended cocktails based on our preferences our choices were, Pimms in keeping with the summer Wimbledon season and location, refreshing and bursting with flavour, Passion Fruit Martini and Prosecco creating the best summer vibe.
We picked our main courses ordering; house club sandwich, grilled marinated free range chicken, smoked bacon, avocado, roasted tomatoes basil mayo and sourdough toast, BBQ chicken wings and thighs, spring onion and coriander our side was skin on fries, it was so good I wanted to shake the chef’s hand and congratulate him!
The host circulated the menu for our favourite part of the experience, the dessert choice we had to try summer berry, apple crumble and vanilla ice cream. Every bite was divine.
601 Queens Road will definitely be one of my go to places for delicious food, socialising and cocktails. The venue has a homely feel and is a great place for friends and family to kick back eat, drink and engage in great conversation.
601 Queens Road offers impeccable service and a mouth-watering menu selection with dishes to suit all. The perfect end to a busy week sipping on a Martini, or for a relaxed Sunday with loved ones for their take on a traditional British Sunday roast.
Be served whilst seated or head over to the bar to try their vibrant cocktail menu. 601 Queens Road should be definitely on you list of places to visit when in Wimbledon
It’s perfect to experience a trendy cool modern gastro pub like no other with its diverse offering, full or flavour and nicely presented.
Whether carnivore, vegetarian, vegan or a fish lover, your experience will be definitely game, set and match!
W: 601 Queens Road
A: 601 Queen’s Rd, Centre Court Shopping Centre, No 4 Queen’s Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8YA
Written by Rene Byrd for Luxuria Lifestyle International, UK & Ireland