The Stonhouse

165 Stonhouse Street , London, SW4 6BJ

020 7819 9312

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35 Gastropub Clapham

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SquareMeal Review of The Stonhouse

Away from the tumultuous High Street, The Stonhouse is part of a smart group of hostelries that includes The Abbeville & The Bolingbroke. In its early days, several readers took issue with the service, but the problem seems to have been rectified, & praise has followed. This was borne out by a recent visit when the staff smiled & the cooking of classic gastropub dishes – salt & pepper squid, pies, steaks & pork belly – was up to scratch. It’s an ideal place for local yummy-mummies, who turn up for a daytime chat (perhaps seated in the little back terrace) or with the rest of the family at weekends. Dating couples find the soft lighting a boon in the evening. To drink, there’s Timothy Taylor on tap, plus cocktails & a varied wine list.

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7.5

Food & Drink: 7.5

Service: 6.5

Atmosphere: 7.5

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

BoatLady platinum reviewer 15 April 2013

The Stonhouse is barely recognisable from these promo pictures which make it look, without any customers, airily capacious. When it's rammed at the weekend it feels rather compact; you won't see any of those lovely floors, but you'll still be able to admire the quirky Granny's-back-in-fashion bird wallpaper. There's also a bijou (aka small) suntrap terrace out the back which gets busy on fine days but you can usually shoehorn a few extra people at any half-filled tables as the crowd's a friendly kind of bunch. Our hangover-busting burger order didn't particularly challenge the kitchen but they did the job and were juicy and unusually (but brilliantly) cooked on the rarer side of medium into the bargain. There seems to be the normal gastro-gumpf on the menu: I have vague recollections of seeing a confit of duck and the promise of Sunday roasts. The one blip on an otherwise glossily casual Clapham horizon is the patchy service. The waitress outside was chatty but struggling, as she frantically told us, with serving the heaving area single-handedly. She did admirably in the circumstances. What a shame the surly bar staff let the atmosphere down: you can be brusque if you're being brisk but if your service is slow you need at least to be smiley. And if the customer isn't even trying to buy a round but just pay the tab then for goodness sake take their money before they are tempted to give up on the 20 min wait to even see the bill and leave you out of pocket. At £45 for 3 mains and 3 soft drinks the dent in the pocket wouldn't be too big but I'm sure the owners would still think it worth collecting. I noticed this once grubby off-track boozer is now part of a small South London gang including the much-loved (and more pronounce-able) Avalon and Abbeville, also worth checking out if you're looking for a non-Infernos-based night out around SW4.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Samantha C. 10 August 2010

The Stonhouse in Clapham is one of my favourite places at the moment. Situated away from the hustle and bustle of the high street, the Stonhouse lends itself to being one of the more salubrious offerings in Clapham. Boasting a large well designed clean layout inside and a pretty, yet not big enough heated beer garden outside, this place is always popular and always busy. Walking in, there’s a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with a young 30’s plus crowd all taking part in their weekly catch up’s with friends. It doesn’t take long to get served at the bar, which is always a good thing in my book. I order a large glass of Rioja which is presented to me with a smile and in a lovely sparkling clean round glass at the perfect temperature. I take a sip. It takes me back to warm holiday evenings in Spain, just relaxing and listening to the distinct sound of the crickets in the distance, watching the sun going down for the day. Interrupted from my day dream, my friend and I are shown to our table and handed menus. We take a look at the vast array of tasty dishes on offer. As a person I’m usually very decisive, but when it comes to choosing from this menu, I’m in trouble! I go for the grilled chorizo and pecorino salad with piquillo peppers and baby spinach. I’m pleased to say I’m not disappointed with my choice. The quality of ingredients is first class and the presentation is very professional. The grilled spicy chorizo is cooked to perfection and works well with the pecorino cheese. Then the acidic yet sweet and juicy pepper flavour hits, followed by a peppery blast of spinach to cut through the richness of the cheese and oiliness of the chorizo. Turning to the main dish; smoked haddock with mash, poached egg and mustard sauce. To me, this is the ultimate in comfort food. The dish arrives and is piping hot. There’s another point for the Stonhouse. The haddock is delicious. It’s fresh, meaty and very flavoursome. The poached egg cooked just enough for my liking; not too runny, not too hard. The mash and mustard sauce however, is a little disappointing. The mash could be a lot creamier and thicker in consistency. There is also far too much. The star on the plate is the fish. It doesn’t need a huge helping of mash to get through and spoil what should be a delicate dish. The mustard sauce could’ve been the feisty little gem on this plate, bringing all the flavours together, but instead it lacks kick. Overall, not too bad, but it could’ve been awarded two gold stars instead of just the one. Unfortunately for me, but not for my hips, I don’t have room for dessert. It is definitely on the agenda for next time though, and there will be a next time, because The Stonhouse is simply a lovely little local with a great atmosphere to soak up and lots of tasty dishes left to try!

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