Clapham Restaurants You Need To Try
From the bustle of the Junction to the peaceful escape of the common and the quaint, cobbled charm of the Old Town, you’re not short of options when it comes to eating out in Clapham. Here’s our pick of the 10 Clapham restaurants you need to pay a visit.
Restaurateur Robin Gill may have had to close the doors of The Dairy recently, but the doors to Sorella remain firmly open, serving up earthy Truffle Arancini, an array of fresh pasta dishes and traditional dessert, with White Chocolate tiramisu to enjoy at home and Biscotti to tuck into on the way home (room allowing). More than just one of the most popular Clapham restaurants, Sorella is certainly one of the best Italians around.
Situated in the heart of Clapham Old Town, Trinity’s core ethos is a dedication to seasonal ingredients, something which has earnt it a Michelin star among other accolades. On the menu you’ll find second course platters such as Scallop Dumpling with Warm Buttered Crab and Bisque, or Turbot Matelote, Braised Cabbage & Purple Sprouting. All are plated to perfection and the setting is stylish and sleek. The summer months are set to see Trinity branch further into the al fresco dining scene, with a terrace and more outdoor seating, ideal for watching the world pass by.
A casual dining hot spot sitting on top of Clapham Common tube station, Joe Public serves up gargantuan pizza slices in true NYC style. Pizza comes per slice and the menu offers a selection of toppings including 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, and a social hotspot in summer when residents shun indoor Clapham restaurants for roadside dining.
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 as hearty Sunday roasts, with the pasta dishes truly stealing the limelight.
This south London brunch spot towards Balham 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 Marcus Breakfast for a true tummy-filler – a twist on a classic Full English.
Often missed by busy commuters piling into the neighbouring tube station, WC is a hidden Clapham restaurant 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.
Arguably the most Instagrammable of Clapham restaurants, Minnow is a friendly independent neighbourhood restaurant, boasting a tidy 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 Roasted Root Veg Gnocchi, and meat mains such as Slow Cooked Ox Cheek.
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 providing guests with an authentic Spanish experience. Simple and minimalist in decor, this Clapham restaurant boasts an intimate open-plan layout with tall bar stools allowing diners to watch the talented bar staff at work.