From the same group behind The Hunter’s Moon (Kensington) and Ganymede (Belgravia) comes The Apollo Arms, The Lunar Pub Co’s largest and most ambitious site of the three. Occupying a spacious venue in Clapham Old Town, this modern British gastropub is designed to bring a piece of the countryside to the city. Spanning a large bar, dining room and hidden garden terrace, this all-day venture offers a place to eat, drink, relax and socialise at any time of year.
The food menus offer modern twists on British classics, with the kitchen overseen by chef director Oliver Marlowe and head chef David Halewood (previously The Coach Clerkenwell). The daily-changing menus flex with the seasons and include a bar snack selection, lunch and dinner menus, brunch at the weekends and an epic Sunday roast.
Examples of dishes from the menu include starters of tuna sashimi with whipped avocado, and tagliatelle with morels, asparagus, wild garlic and shallot cream. While mains include pub classics, such as beer-battered haddock with chips and tartare, as well as refined dishes, such as olive oil poached plaice with fennel purée, seaweed butter, clams, pickled cucumber and sea vegetables. To finish, expect classic and indulgent options, from sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce to an exotic twist on a baked Alaska using mango, vanilla and lime.
The food is complemented by a drink's menu featuring wines, Champagne, English sparkling, top-shelf spirits and craft beers and ales. Cocktails are a major priority too, including beloved classics and nifty twists.
The interiors are spearheaded by Novo Design and offer a less is more approach to décor, to create a warm and inviting space that feels rustic and lived in. Expect cosy corners and elegant spaces, with exposed brick walls, timber wooden panellling, antique furniture and vintage pendant lighting.