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AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Inventive modern European cooking by the Common

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Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Adam Byatt's neighbourhood restaurant in the Old Town part of sprawling Clapham, just off the north-east corner of the Common, is well into its second decade now. The outdoor terrace and cool, clean monochrome tones inside, complete with open-to-view kitchen, are very much what modern London dining is about, with a light-touch, unstuffy service approach adding to the appeal. Limitlessly inventive modern European cooking is the order of the day, with careful judgment of balance notable throughout. The four-course dinner menu might start with an opener of bigeye tuna alongside crab salad, pickled cucumber and avocado, before progressing to a crispy pig's ear with sauce gribiche and crackling. Main-course meats are sensational, as in the tender, deeply flavoured Balmoral venison that comes with vivid pumpkin purée, salt-baked quince, toasted hazelnuts and an eloquently rich jus, while dessert could be a salt caramel outing, in the dual form of wobbly custard tart and intense ice cream, or perhaps rum-soaked baba with citrus salad. The vegetarian rendition might take in gorgonzola risotto with pear and walnuts, and then chanterelle pappardelle with aged parmesan.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 24–27 December and 1–2 January
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Adam Byatt

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British, European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 22
  • Wines over £30: 280
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: £30
  • 3-course lunch from: £40
  • 3-course dinner from: £55
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Getting here

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Clapham Common
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