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January 2020: This Balham favourite has closed after 17 years. The restaurant was set up by Joe Lambert in the 1990s, and was for almost two decades a consistent performer in the south west London neighbourhood, impressing locals and visitors alike. RIP.

survey result

Summary

£50
   ££
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“So lucky to have this on my doorstep!” – Joe Lambert’s “firm favourite” near Balham tube has long been the area’s top neighbourhood choice thanks to its “first-rate”, “seasonal” cooking; “friendly and informed service”; and an agreeable ambience that’s smart enough for a date or special occasion, but relaxed enough for an evening when you can’t be bothered to cook. Its ratings slipped a tad this year though: not due to any grievous complaints, but a few more meals were judged “fine-but-nothing-exceptional”. Top Tip – excellent-value early-week menu.

Summary

£56
   ££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A culinary beacon in Balham” that’s been “consistently excellent for 15 years” – Joe Lambert’s “outstanding local independent” provides “very seasonal” cooking of a kind that “stays current without slipping into faddishness”. “The ambience is somewhat Scandi-cool” but livened up by the “engaging and lovely staff”. Top Menu Tip: “outstanding Sunday roasts”.

Summary

£55
   ££
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Superb in every respect” and “extremely good value” – Joe Lambert’s “Balham gem” is renowned locally for its “informal-but-never-sloppy service” and a “very high standard of seasonal cooking” that, for its most ardent fans, “classes it as a competitor to Chez Bruce”. A couple of regulars reported a “loss of mojo” here this year however – “it was disappointing, but we hope this let-down was a one off”.

Summary

£52
   ££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Lucky Balhamites to have it on their doorstep!” – Joe Lambert’s “consistently excellent” neighbourhood favourite “nibbles at Chez Bruce’s heels” in the affections of SW12 residents. Its “creative, modern and seasonal British food” is “remarkably good value” and served by “superb” staff in a “casual” setting.

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Owner's description

Lamberts is a modern British seasonal restaurant, offering excellent food and wine in relaxed and friendly surroundings. We love food and believe a restaurant should reflect all that is good about eating and drinking.

We are passionate about ethical produce and maintaining the countryside: We use local suppliers, many of them small family firms, and endeavour to use only the finest, often organic, seasonal ingredients.

Our seasonal menu changes regularly. Old favourites sit side by side with modern interpretations of classic dishes — all complimented by a balanced wine list featuring some exciting bottles at sensible prices.

We very much look forward to seeing you soon!

Joe Lambert

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £19.00 £22.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£11.00 £18.00 £3.50 £7.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £17.00
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Bread £3.00
Service 12.50%

Current menus

Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu, Portions
Yes
53
2 Station Parade, London, SW12 9AZ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday6 pm‑10 pm
Thursday6 pm‑10 pm
Friday6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑4 pm

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