Review on The Dairy
The denizens of Clapham are very lucky indeed with the opening of The Dairy, a casual bistro and bar, a short walk from Clapham Common tube. It is the first solo venture from husband and wife team Chef Robin Gill and his wife Sarah, both having previously honed their skills at critically acclaimed Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, with Robin also doing a short stint at one of the World's best restaurants Noma in Copenhagen, before working more recently as Head Chef of D & D restaurants, Almedia and Sauterelle.
The small rustic venue with large front windows features a relaxed setting for informal dining as you enter, a bar area, with a more traditional restaurant towards the back. You can pop in for a quick coffee, a leisurely meal or maybe a tempting cocktail at weekends, when they have a late licence until 2.00am.
Gill's cuisine emphasises superior ingredients treated simply using impeccable technique, with some of the seasonal produce grown in their own urban garden, while others are supplied by trusted suppliers as listed on their website. Innovative tapas-style dishes is the style of cooking with a menu divided into Garden, Land and Sea, and a recommendation that you choose two or three plates per person. Kick off with Wye Valley asparagus, hen egg, and smoked custard and from the Sea, West coast monkfish spiced cauliflower, romanesco. To finish there are garriguette strawberries, vanilla whey and cheesecake ice cream or maybe salted caramel, chocolate and malted barley ice cream.
The drinks menu includes beers and sprits from niche brewers and importers, with wine from their own vineyard in Italy, produced using sustainable, bio-dynamic and organic techniques.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Wed-Sat (12.00 - 4.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card