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Locals have taken this diminutive newcomer to their hearts, citing its “lovely relaxed atmosphere”, “beautifully presented food” and “excellent prices”. There’s nothing prepossessing about The Dairy – bare brick walls on either side of a big bar speak of its other life as a drinking establishment; scruffy tables and quaint wrought-iron chairs imply budget-consciousness. It’s the cooking that attracts comfortably-off residents. Chef Robin Gill (his wife runs front of house) has been around enough good kitchens to know what he’s doing. A relaxed, small-plates approach is taken, using strictly seasonal, carefully sourced ingredients: some from the roof garden (honey, carrots). Expect to be “blown away” by everything from the smoked marrow butter that accompanies great bread, to the munchkin-sized doughnuts at the end. Autumn might bring mackerel tartare with Kentish damsons, or flavour-packed venison with celeriac, game sausage and blackberries. Claphamites seem keen to keep the place to themselves. Fat chance.


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  1. Published : Wednesday, 13 November 2013

    Livelifelovecake :: The Dairy, Clapham

    On a Friday afternoon I headed to London to visit Helen and we were meeting at The Dairy, Clapham for 6.30pm. I found my way fairly easily, on time and also found somewhere to park for free – result. The Dairy is situated in Clapham Old Town and whether it used to be a dairy many, many years ago I have no idea as I can’t find anything online about it’s history. No matter, but if there is history on a place I think it’s nice to know. The restaurant was quite dimly lit – so I’m afraid the quality of our photos are not great – and had a nice cosy feeling. We were warmly welcomed by a friendly waiter and shown to our...
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  • Cuisine: Bars
  • Area: Clapham
  • Wine: £18.00
  • Champagne: £51.00

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