10 Clapham Restaurants You Need To Visit
From the bustle of the High Street 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.
Pictured above: Cher Thai
Robin Gill’s Sorella serves an incredible range of dishes including bbq monkfish, Dexter beef denver, and an array of fresh pasta dishes, with Amedei dark chocolate & whiskey tiramisu 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 earned it a Michelin star among other accolades. On the menu, you’ll find the likes of Artichoke Barigoule, Creamed Corn and Summer Truffle or Herdwick Lamb, Courgettes and Basil, Goats’ Curd and Nasturtium. All are plated to perfection and the setting is stylish and sleek.
This small, family-run restaurant in Old Town is one of Clapham’s best-kept secrets. Home to some of the best Thai food that London has to offer, the restaurant features a warm and intimate interior, where the service feels personal and the atmosphere relaxed. From the drinks menu, you can order a Coconut Malibu which is served in a real coconut with the classic dinky little umbrella, or a Cher Thai Island, which is a Thai take on the Long Island Iced Tea featuring a deliciously flavoured Thai iced tea. Their noodle dishes are to die for, particularly the yellow curry noodle soup cooked with coconut milk and oil noodle, beansprout, spring onion, fried shallot and lime, served with a choice of chicken, beef, vegetables, tofu, prawn or duck.
Recently turned 30, Eco is a local Italian eatery on the High Street that has long become a neighbourhood favourite. The founder, Sami Wasif, was one of the first to bring sourdough pizza to the UK, and he still uses the same authentic recipe he brought over all those years ago. The pizzas, made with their own homegrown sourdough, are absolutely unparalleled, from an amazing chicken ‘nduja and chorizo pizza with roasted peppers, chillies, mozarella and fresh coriander, to a divine smoked aubergine and burrata pizza with baked garlic and basil pesto. This can all be enjoyed in a bustling and friendly atmosphere, with an open kitchen, so you can watch the expert chefs toss your pizza into the wood-fire oven.
Located just a ways off the High Street at the edge of Clapham Common, this cosy restaurant is an unassuming haven of Moroccan and Lebanese cuisine. You can sit in the homely and intimate interior, or dine in their outdoor area and feel as if you are on holiday in a foreign city. The menu offers some of the best Middle Eastern food around, with the cold mezze selection including classic delights like baba ghanouj and pitta and rice stuffed vine leaves. The highlights of the hot mezze are the batata harrah (spiced and sautéed potatoes) and soujek (Lebanese sausages). Be sure to opt for the set sharing platter if you can’t decide on your plates!
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.
Warmly-lit and welcoming, La Rueda is a Spanish tapas bar with some delicious and authentic food on the menu. The rustic décor of oranges offset by dark wood is equally as transporting as it is eye-catching. Their menu is inspired by the regional flavours of Galicia, including eggs flamenco, Galician monkfish, and a delightfully flavoursome Galician-style pork fillet. The range of pinchos sliders from the Basque Country offer a taste of Northern Spain – ingredients placed atop a small piece of bread alongside a cocktail stick. Delish tapas, great cocktails, and a lovely atmosphere.
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 menus consist of the likes of quinoa superfood salad and meat mains such as chimichurri lamb rump.
Opened in 2021, The Georgian is the place to go if you’re looking to try out Georgian cuisine – they boast a fantastic selection of Georgian wines, pastries and baked goods, as well as hot drinks, breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus. Cosy and family-friendly, the restaurant is decked out in retro décor and artwork, with a busy and eclectic collection of miniatures and decorations lining the rustic brick walls. Try out the selection of pastries from their bakery menu, including the yummy and traditional Georgian favourite, khachapuri, and several variations on pan-fried cornbread. They offer a variety of Georgian soups, from borsch to kharcho, and their main courses range from hot pots to succulent pork dishes.