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Balham is one of those London neighbourhoods that feels like its own village rather than part of the capital. As such, it’s not overflowing with great restaurants just yet but the tide is turning thanks to places like these.
Local and seasonal British ingredients are at the heart of Lamberts, right down to the drinks list, which features local beers and English sparkling wines. The food menu changes regularly to ensure produce is served seasonally; but could feature anything from griddles sardines with tomato and lovage, to whole roast Norfolk quail with squash and mustard chutney. Vegetables are also treated with the same care and respect here and are turned into interesting dishes in their own right.
Like the one in Battersea, the Balham outpost of Gazette is a French bistro that offers a mix of traditional French dishes and seasonal plates; from cassoulet with confit duck, Toulouse sausage, and pork belly, to sea bream with ratatouille. Their selection of pastries, eggs, crêpes and croque monsieurs also make it a good brunch spot.