A guide to the top 10 Clapham restaurants
From the bustle of the Junction to the peaceful escape of the common, to the quaint cobbled charm of the Old Town, there is an abundance of excellent dining options to unearth in Clapham. Here are 10 of our favourites in and around the area…
A cosy Clapham food bar serving up a selection of carefully curated plates. Each dish is designed to excite the palate and the senses, with only the best in seasonal and fresh ingredients used. The ultimate effect is a beautiful plate where attention to detail has clearly been of paramount importance to the chef. The tasting menu is a fantastic way to eat your way through the options, with small plates such as bone marrow agnolotti pasta with pumpkin and toasted seeds a tasty treat, or the truffled baron bigod cheese, fig and walnut toast with honey another favourite.
Situated in the heart of Clapham Old Town, Trinity’s core ethos is a dedication to seasonal ingredients, something which has earnt it its Michelin star among other accolades. On the menu you’ll find second course platters such as sardine Bolognese raviolo with tomato butter sauce and basil, or for the more adventurous foodies, crispy pigs trotters, sauce gribiche, served up with crackling. All are plated to perfection and the setting is stylish and sleek.
A casual dining hot spot sitting on top of Clapham Common tube station where you can get your pizzas served up in true NYC style. Pizza comes per slice and the menu offers a selection of toppings, from one with truffle oil, parmesan, crispy shallots and mushrooms, to the classic pepperoni with chilli flakes. Order as many slices as you like and take a seat outside with a view overlooking the common. The pizza shack is popular among on-the-go commuters keen to grab a bite after work
The Bobbin Pub
The Bobbin pub is a great little spot just a couple of backstreets north of the common. There is a charming beer garden at the rear which springs to life with locals in the summer, and in the winter its cosy front room entices with wood fires. The menu offers an array of delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes as well hearty Sunday roasts. The star of the show is undoubtedly the pasta dishes, and the menu boasts a tasty pappardelle and wild boar ragu, as well as an Italian sausage ragu with penne.
This south London brunch spot is hailed as being one of the top brunches in the capital, which is quite the accolade. The unassuming shop front makes it the kind of place you could easily pass by without batting an eyelid, but step inside and you’ll be whisked away on a foodie fantasy. Opt for the ‘Step Sister’ for a plate of sweet potato, courgette and feta fritters, avocado and spinach, turmeric yoghurt and a poached egg, or choose the ’Brother Special’ which consists of beetroot-cured salmon, scrambled eggs and sesame-glazed broccoli on toast with a dash of rocket oil.
Often missed by busy commuters piling into Clapham Common tube station, WC is a hidden gem with a prime location. Once a public toilet, WC has come to mean something different entirely – wine and charcuterie. Like many old tube toilets across the capital, this underground secret has evolved into a quirky space where you can enjoy delectable cheese platters and charcuterie, accompanied by fine wine. The size of the bar adds to the intimacy of the setting, and there are cosy snugs with their own curtains that make it a great option for date night.
A small and unassuming spot opposite Clapham Common tube station, Mamalan serves up a punch with authentic Chinese cuisine in the heart of the neighbourhood. Guests are ushered into the small bar-like room and treated to a menu offering noodle soups galore, rice dishes with tofu stew and sweet chilli chicken, and their crowning glory, the soft cloud-like baos. Pick from crispy chicken marinated in chilli, garlic, ginger and peppercorn, or opt for the slow-cooked pork served with cucumber, spring onions and sesame.
A team of five siblings dedicated to fusing classic east Asian flavours of zing and spice with the colonial French element that is so synonymous with Vietnamese cuisine. Brixton-based Banh Banh offers an appetising range of Vietnamese dishes like Thit Khoa – caramelised peppered pork, slowly braised in coconut water and served with pickles. The Bo Kho is also a delicious Vietnamese classic, and is a hearty beef stew served with bread. For those on the go, grab a banh mi and you won’t be disappointed – an authentic Vietnamese bread bun stuffed with all the flavours associated with the cuisine – chilli, coriander, lime, pate, pork, shredded carrots and cucumber.
A friendly independent neighbourhood restaurant overlooking the common, Minnow is focused on its modern menu. Its shopfront beckons the residents of SW4 with extravagant seasonal floral displays that flood inside with a dramatic floral ceiling. The restaurant offers a bring-your-own booze policy for Sunday roasts which are served with all the trimmings, and during the week, menus consist of the likes of an aubergine parmigiana of epic proportions, stilton, pear and walnut gnocchi, and meat mains such as confit pork belly.
Venn Street is a cobbled backstreet off the main thoroughfare that is home to the delightful Clapham Picturehouse, a wholesome Saturday market, and some welcoming coffee hot spots. Barsito also takes residency in this part of town, and is a small and intimate tapas bar and provides guests with the authentic Spanish experience with an open-plan layout and tall bar stools that prop you up so you can watch the talented bar staff at work. The bar is simple and minimalist in décor which reflects its simple but excellent menu.