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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. Don't forget to check out recent addition Counter Culture, replacing the deli next door.

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The Dairy

15 The Pavement ,London SW4 0HY

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It's "so now" - but that was August 2013...

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Nov 2015

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Editor's pick I see there's a review of The Dairy in August 2013 that praises it for being "so now". And I'm sure that was true. The problem is that any place that is described as "so now" inevitably becomes "so then" pretty rapidly. The food tastes pretty good, but is presented in portions that are smaller than your usual tapas, but more expensive, and frequently for some pretty basic ingredients. And just when I thought I might get better value, my pigeon leg, which...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 5

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Jun 2014

This was only our second visit and it even exceeded our first experience which is quite exceptional. It may be neighbourhood but well worth going out of your way to come to the Dairy in Clapham. We shall be back again.. and again… and again… Memorable food, sublime flavours, good atmosphere and service… and the bonus is that it is affordable so we can and will return, regularly!

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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15 The Pavement ,London SW4 0HY

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Get here quick, before the waiting list for a table kicks in

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Aug 2013

We had heard good things about The Dairy and in short we were not disappointed and cannot wait to go back. Faced with a choice of a delicious sounding tasting menu or going A La Carte, we opted for the latter as there were a couple of dishes that sounded too good to be overlooked. On the owner Sarah's recommendation, we chose 4 dishes each, each being a starter size, and in doing so got our way through most of the dishes on the menu. Clear winners for us were the Pea salad (epitomising the taste...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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There's Something About Dairy...

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Aug 2013

Editor's pick There's something about Dairy that's so now, so 2013 food trend, that it almost feels like a demonstration, a ‘look, this is how trendy London eats’. Unfreeze a hipster in 10,000 years time and this is what they'll be talking about. That being said, it also manages to stay just the right side of safe. There are enough neologisms and touches of painterly genius to convince the most discerning food fanboi, but (and this is certainly no criticism) you could bring your mum here and she'd be happy with...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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    Connie Consumes :: The Dairy, Clapham Old Town | Connie Consumes

    So, does it pay to be organised? The restaurants which are constantly booked out are either the latest darling of the London food crowd or have really good food, sometimes both, but after all the weeks of anticipation and hype, do they live up to expectations? This is what I pondered to myself as I headed towards The Dairy in Clapham on a chilly Wednesday night at 6.15pm- the first available table my (much more organised) friend could find when she checked over three weeks earlier.

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    The second stop on my 30th birthday food tour took me to well-known bistro The Dairy in Clapham. Opened in 2013 under the stewardship of Robin Gill (who’s CV includes spells at Le Manoir and Noma) The Dairy has been receiving national acclaim for its take on modern British food, so as I was in London for some NBA action in the evening I decided to visit for a late lunch.

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    PANDA EATS LONDON :: The Dairy Clapham Common

    I’ll spare you from an in depth commentary of all its intricacies but generally low points were few and far between and most dishes displayed the chef’s meticulous pairings of flavours and textures.
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    secretemple :: The Dairy - secretemple

    London has no shortage of areas that are a marvel to wonder around yet have been completely neglected by its inhabitants who seem to only know of Soho and other zone 1 areas – and Clapham is certainly one of them. Not only does it have the Common (this vast area of green space), but it has quite a buzzing food scene too.
    The Dairy has, as many restaurants in the Old Town bit of Clapham, an area that extends outside on the pavement, which was absolutely great on a sunny day. It looks towards the Common, and is also just great for people watching (can’t I have some eye candy whilst luncheoning?).
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