RestaurantsLondonClaphamSW4

survey result

Summary

£103
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A perfect mix of fine dining and neighbourhood restaurant” – Adam Byatt’s celebrated flagship on Clapham Common has won renown as one of the most notable destinations south of the River, and a strong rival to Chez Bruce ten minutes away thanks to its “exquisite evolving menu” and “personal” service. But while still much-vaunted this year by very many reporters, its ratings slipped noticeably due to an unusual number of downbeat reports (“I can’t understand why Trinity is so highly rated… I found the experience underwhelming”; “expensive and can lack atmosphere”; “until recently, this was a favourite, but it’s now fallen out of my top ten”). In July 2023 – after our annual diners’ poll had finished – a former member of the team, Harry Kirkpatrick, returned to the kitchen after stints at a number of top establishments having been appointed as a new head chef. Taking into account owner Adam Byatt’s impressive track record here, our best bet is a swift return to form. And, still for the majority of diners in this year’s poll, this is “a place we go to again and again for special occasions and it never disappoints us”.

Summary

£113
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You would pay a fortune to eat here if it was in Mayfair”“Adam Byatt’s excellent flagship” near Clapham Common is “so much more than a neighbourhood local” and “perfect for a fancy meal, especially if you live in south London!” Often inviting comparisons with nearby Chez Bruce, with ratings tracking its rival’s closely, it is never quite as high in our ranking of London’s Top 40 most-mentioned destinations (and has taken a little more flak for “high prices” of late). “Tastefully decorated” – the fact that it’s “not pretentious, with just the right amount of friendliness from the staff” is key to its “pleasant” appeal, as, of course, is the “top-class food and wines”. Top Tip – a large outside terrace is a relatively recent addition.

Summary

£105
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Prince Charles was one of the first post-lockdown visitors to Adam Byatt’s “sophisticated and unhurried” Clapham HQ – a further hint that this “exceptional” venture in Clapham (complete with “tables outside on newly paved area”) is “so much more than a neighbourhood local” and “one of the best south of the river”. His “wonderfully inventive” (but not over-fussy) cooking, is served with notable “professionalism and charm”, alongside a “beautifully curated” and “fairly priced wine list”. “Tables outside on a newly paved area are fun” and add another dimension to a meal here. See also Upstairs at Trinity and Charlie’s at Browns.

Summary

£76
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Adam Byatt’s “classy” Clapham star is “at the top of its game” and there are only a few restaurants south of the river that give it a run for its money: “a trip always feels special, no matter what the occasion”. “Outstanding”, contemporary cuisine (from a three-course, or four-course menu) is at the heart of a “wonderful”, straightforward formula incorporating “service that’s always on point”, plus the “relaxing atmosphere” of a room whose “exterior view is much improved now the public WC has been demolished and the area landscaped!”. “Really good cocktails” and a “diverse and interesting wine list” complete the picture – look out for vintages marked ‘Chef’s Cellar’. See also Trinity Upstairs and Charlie’s at Browns.

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4 The Polygon, London, SW4 0JG

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No dress code
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Trinity Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Trinity Restaurant in SW4, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Trinity restaurant.
Daniel C
Excellent and technically accomplished cook...
Reviewed 26 days ago

"Excellent and technically accomplished cooking served in a friendly and relaxed environment- come for lunch if you want value though…"

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Scott T
Stuffy and self satisfied. Where has it al...
Reviewed 2 months, 6 days ago

"Stuffy and self satisfied. Where has it all gone wrong?"

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Alex B
Lovely food and atmosphere, went there for ...
Reviewed 7 months, 10 days ago

"Lovely food and atmosphere, went there for a lunch and hope to return for a dinner visit during the summer "

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George S
Pitch perfect local restaurant, eminently r...
Reviewed 11 months, 27 days ago

"Pitch perfect local restaurant, eminently reliable."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £70.00
Dinner   £120.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
4 The Polygon, London, SW4 0JG
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Opening hours
Monday12:15pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Tuesday12:15pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Wednesday12:15pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Thursday12:15pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday12:15pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday12:15pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Sunday12:15pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm

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