From The Pavement to the Abbeville Road, Clapham has undergone a culinary renaissance in recent years, and is now firmly on the map as a destination not to be missed for London foodies. Here are the best places.
Launched by husband and wife Robin and Sarah Gill in November 2014, The Manor, together with sister branch The Dairy, is at the forefront of the Clapham restaurant revolution. This place is dedicated to modern cooking techniques. It serves high-quality seasonal British produce with as much grown on The Dairy’s roof-top garden as possible. The Manor offers a refreshing dining experience full of unusual flavour combinations and dishes that appear to have their very own colour palette.The cauliflower, grue de cacao, medjool dates, and kefir, and the hay-smoked pigeon, fermented grains, parsnip, and hemp granola are not to be missed. Served as medium-sized plates, dishes can be enjoyed as part of a tasting menu or à la carte.
The Manor, 148 Clapham Manor St, London, +44 207 720 4662
The Dairy is similar to its sister restaurant The Manor (also in Clapham) in that it serves seasonal British food but here there is a stronger vegetarian offering – no doubt thanks to the produce grown on their roof – with the likes of Grezzina courgette, ricotta and pumpkin seed praline and Grelot onion, polenta and summer veg sitting alongside their land and sea dishes. And right next door is Counter Culture, a tiny 15-seater place that serves up snacks created with pickled and fermented produce in an effort to be sustainable. Whilst it makes for a great pit-stop before you head into The Dairy, the morsels here are so good you might find yourself sticking around.
Although one building, there are actually two restaurants at Trinity, run by chef Adam Byatt. The main Trinity is Michelin-starred and offers more of a fine dining experience, with a considerable wine cellar and a four-course dinner menu, featuring plates like young grouse with sweetcorn polenta, elderberries and lardo, and chocolate and hazelnut delice with amaretti and cherry sorbet. The second, aptly named Upstairs at Trinity, is a more relaxed affair with a daily changing menu of small plates, so you can enjoy a Trinity experience whatever your budget.
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