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This unpretentious bar/bistro is already a busy squeeze, although a central Clapham location isn’t its only trump card. Open all day from breakfast onwards, it also has a 2am late licence at
weekends, when cool brand lagers and cocktails such as wild fennel and apple Hendrick’s are what to drink. Wines include a distinguished Lebanese Château Musar as well as everyday Tempranillo from
a selection called ‘sleek, charming and fleshy’ – a description that might equally apply to the well-scrubbed clientele. Chef/owner Robin Gill’s adventurous, intricately presented tapas-style
plates deploy ingredients from The Dairy’s garden – so expect smoked cod with sorrel, slow-cooked beef rib with ‘burnt’ onions and bone marrow or plates of black radish, Pink Lady apple, curd and
hemp seeds – plus nibbles such as chicken liver mousse with rhubarb at the bar.
The Dairy is located in Clapham Common, an area which seems like it would be dulled by pollution and scum. It is in fact leafy and most agreeable, the presence of a Waitrose adding weight to its obvious gentrification. Elevated to the realms of the better-heeled, it is no surprise that a chef who has trained in Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin starred restaurant ‘Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’ should open up a restaurant here.In spite of the chef’s impressive pedigree, prices at The Dairy are resolutely affordable. Tasting plates are the order of the day here, with an impressive selection of produce coming...
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Along with a number of other high-end restaurants in London and beyond, Chef Robin Gill and his wife Sarah (commandeering front-of-house) previously worked at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. They’re from Dublin, now living locally in Brixton, and with their team have created a destination dining experience. It’s put Clapham firmly on the culinary map with one of those flag-pins you stick in a cork-board print of the world to proudly display that you’ve visited somewhere. It's had a similar effect.Until two weeks ago, I worked a five minute walk from The Dairy. I’ve enjoyed brief and exceedingly pleasant...
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The interior is unassuming,I’m not really one to give you specifics here sorry, I focus on 3 things – is it warm, is it comfortable and can you hear yourself think (Tick, tick and tick).It’s also dimly lit, so the photos are even worse than my usually poor standard of photography, apologies. You’ll have to take my word for it when I say that the food looks far better than it does below.On the Northern line down to Clapham, Jennie & I spent a long time debating whether to plump for the tasting menu (greedy option) or to go a la carte (far more sensible non greedy option). But one thing we were...
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Here’s a First World problem and a half… The Blonde and I rewarded ourselves for completing Year One of marriage with a rather awesome seven course tasting menu with matching wine at The Dairy in Clapham Old Town. It was completely epic but, here’s the thing, I don’t really remember the exact specifics of what graced our plates on that indulgent afternoon back in October.My iphone does and we kept the menu but, still, some things don’t quite add up - like the pudding I’d convinced myself was chocolate but is listed as salted caramel. Puzzling. Whether this is connected to Damiano (he being the sommellier)...
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Clapham is becoming a real little foodie haven... with Trinity just down the road and the fantastic Moen's butchers The Dairy has picked a perfect spot for it's seasonal menu and fantastic ingredients. Four of us popped over for a natter over some delicious and innovative foods last Thursday and were pleasantly surprised... There are a few tables at the front free for walk ins, and the bar has a fantastic rustic feel to it - very much like Bistro Union further down the road. Friendly staff are happy to chat to you as you wait for your table and perch on hand made bar stools. It has a very relaxed charm and...
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I chose The Dairy as the first restaurant of my recent birthday weekend in London, because one birthday meal is just not enough! Situated in SW4 in Clapham which is somewhat out the way of the action of central London but within an easy half an hour tube ride. It amazes me that Londoners in general seem to share a common trait which is that travelling even to the next postcode is a mammoth effort! The Dairy is literally a minute from Clapham Common underground station and features a bar area with a narrow dining room.Whilst deciding whether to order as many dishes from the menu as possible which was split...
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The Dairy has been perhaps one of the quietest restaurant openings in London, well that and the recent launch of Five Fields in Chelsea. I’d like to think the reason these restaurants have not invested in mounds of PR (or very little) is because they are confident that their food is, quite rightly for both in question – pretty amazing. All the ingredients used at the dairy are sourced either locally or from companies who are known for their quality - a complete list of these companies are shown on their website.
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SW4 is coming up in the culinary world and this little bistro is leading the way. I honestly cannot wait to go back. Two weeks ago the Michelin Stars of 2014 were announced. Scanning the list I realised that I have been lucky enough to visit a fair few of the newly starred restaurants, and yet this little bistro and bar, sitting on the edge of Clapham Common, impressed me far more than any of them. Perhaps it was because it was my boyfriend’s final evening in London before emigrating to Hong Kong, or maybe it had something to do with the faultless food we enjoyed throughout the evening, but in the undying words of...
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