British, Modern Restaurants in Clapham
1. The Saxon British, Modern restaurant in Clapham 50 Clapham High Street - SW4
From the East London Pub Co (also behind Ten Bells in Spitalfields and Coqbull), the refubished Kazbar is now a four-story behemoth with a rooftop terrace and private room.
2. Trinity British, Modern restaurant in Clapham 4 The Polygon - SW4
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.
3. Trinity Upstairs British, Modern restaurant in Clapham 4 The Polygon - SW4
The “buzzy, relaxed sibling of the fancier place downstairs”; some fans of chef Adam Byatt’s modern British cuisine may even prefer Upstairs for its “informal atmosphere” and “keen prices”, which means they can visit more often than down below. There are “delightful small plates to share” with “food of the same quality as the main restaurant”, along with “the same wine list”. Byatt is very much a man of the moment, having added the role of chef-director at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair in September 2019 (see also).
4. The Abbeville British, Modern restaurant in Clapham 67-69 Abbeville Rd - SW4
“Reliable local with better-than-pub fare”; an attractive, and well-established gastropub (which looks more like a wine bar – complete with opening frontage in summer – than a trad boozer), which sits at the heart of ‘Abbeville Village’ life.
5. Bistro Union British, Modern restaurant in Clapham 40 Abbeville Rd - SW4
Clapham-star Trinity’s younger sibling gains solid ratings for bringing affordable British bistro fare to the smart ‘Abbeville Village’ enclave. One or two diners “expect slightly better” from a patron of Adam Byatt’s calibre though – “adequate but didn’t quite hit the spot”.
6. Minnow British, Modern restaurant in Clapham 21 The Pavement - SW4
2019 Review: “A strong new arrival in SW4” – “inventive modern British cooking” is “served by friendly, informal but informative, staff in a space which is larger than it appears from outside” at Jake Boyce’s year-old venture, tipped for its good brunch.
7. Nue Ground British, Modern restaurant in Clapham 32 Abbeville Road - SW4
A bright, all-day café bar in Clapham (same owners as WC), whose ethos promises ‘a conscious effort towards quality coffee, healthy food, lifestyle and environment’. It opened in late 2019 – we’ve not had huge direct feedback so far, but the buzz on social media suggests it delivers good vibes all round (and great coffee!)
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