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It’s astonishing that this restaurant isn’t better known,’ enthuses one reader, and he’s right – well-sourced ingredients from named suppliers are used to make some seriously good nosh here.
Weekday lunch is a cheap and cheerful mix of salads, soups and terrines (plus a few more substantial items), but the kitchen really comes into its own at night. Rainbow trout cured in Hendrick’s
gin is accompanied by a carrot and borage salad almost too pretty to eat, while flavour-packed Middle White pork with black pudding and baby turnips is dressed with zingy green-lentil vinaigrette.
After that, desserts such as chocolate pudding with Meantime stout ice cream are quintessentially English. Prices are very reasonable, and nicely pitched service is usually ‘quite charming’ – if
sometimes a little stretched. Book ahead, especially for the ‘fabulous Sunday roasts’.
This is a wine list that does everything right. It’s clear, attractive, easy to navigate and helpful, and, whatever you think of no-addition wines, with the restaurant’s focus on seasonality and local produce, the page of Natural bottles does fit with that culinary ethic. Prices are keen, particularly on the Fine Wines selection, where only VAT and a £20 corkage are added to the price. ‘So good it made me want to go to Balham,’ said one judge.
I only come to hear of Lamberts restaurant when I google Sunday roast, raved for it’s roast beef. There have been times when I tried to go on Sunday and found it was fully booked. My friend was contracted to work in the area last November and I suggested Lamberts for dinner. Lambert is along Balham High road and offers an intimate, friendly service with an ever-changing seasonal very British menu. Starters cost around from £7, mains range from £15-19, and desserts £6 onwards...
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A couple of Sunday’s ago my husband Geoff and I popped up to London to visit Helen and Sam and enjoy a meal and a catch-up. Helen had named a few places for us to eat at and after looking at them all – they were either too expensive/not open on a Sunday/wouldn’t suit my husband’s tastes/not even in London! – I decided on Lambert’s on Balham High Road. Traditional Sunday roast would be served and you can’t really go wrong with that, something we all enjoy...
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