Eat Out To Help Out is now very much underway, and so we’re now zoning in on which restaurants in which regions are offering access to the scheme.
And so to South West London’s Clapham, the home of young professionals, yummy mummies and everyone who can’t afford Fulham. And good for them, because the dining options are far more varied than over the river with everything from Michelin star dining to burgers and Chinese. Sadly Clapham star Trinity have weirdly opted out of Eat Out To Help Out (though if Michelin starred EOTHO restaurants are your bag, check out these), but many other brilliant Clapham eateries are very much offering the Monday-Wednesday half-price scheme…
No 32, conveniently also number 32 on the street, is cosy, chic and has a great terrace overlooking Clapham Common (or, in the summer heat, the space where the common usually sits but is now so densely packed with slowly tanning bodies it’s impossible to tell).
Ideal for weekend brunching, on EOTHO days head for lunch or dinner and enjoy the No 32 club sandwich.
Where: No 32 The Old Town, 32 The Pavement, Clapham, SW4 0JE
The accountants will never sing Wind the Bobbin Up because it’s so very good. The Italian influences on the menu contrast with the traditional ‘boozer’ feel to this pub-turned-restaurant.
The gins change on a weekly basis and menu highlights include spinach and ricotta ravioli. Not helpful for EOTHO, but the Sunday roast is well worth paying full whack for!
Where: 1-3 Lillieshall Road, Clapham, SW4 0LN
Seasonal produce and family vibes (sorella means sister in Italian) combine at Sorella. The Italian restaurant is brought to us by the same people that introduced Dairy to Clapham.
Bringing influences from the Amalfi Coast, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand last year under Head Chef Ross Mangan.
Where: 148 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham, SW4 6BX
A magnet for Instagrammers and a haven for Claphamites, Minnow is neatly tucked onto The Pavement overlooking Clapham Common.
A sweet, small neighbourhood restaurant, upstairs is light and airy with pale mint green panelling and the menu includes European dishes ‘from land, sea and earth’ (what’s the difference between earth and land?), it’s a perfect EOTHO destination.
Where: Minnow, 21 The Pavement, Clapham, SW4 0HY
Spanish dining in Clapham doesn’t come more highly recommended than Boqueria on Acre Lane, between Clapham Common and Brixton.
The tapas-y menu, jostling with Spanish treats is only matched by the wine list.
Where: 192 Acre Lane, Clapham, SW2 5UL
No strangers to natural disasters, Tsunami has ridden the wave of lockdown to reopen in time for Eat Out To Help Out. The intimate restaurant, close to Clapham North station, sports a groovy cocktail bar at the front and shoehorns a small but perfectly formed restaurant into the space behind.
Where: 5-7 Voltaire Road, Clapham, SW4 6DQ
If you’re non-diary, fear not; The Diary is suitable whatever your lactose preferences.
Situated on The Pavement (one of London’s more confusingly named streets) the restaurant specialises in small-plate dining. While the decor might have a thrown-together sort of feel, the food definitely doesn’t.
Where: 15 The Pavement, Clapham, SW4 0HY
Meat your match at Hache. The burger restaurant chain (there are seven across London) is a personal favourite and the Clapham High Street restaurant is a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy one of their meaty creations.
Enjoy a full-price bottomless brunch on Sunday, then come straight back on Monday to take advantage of the EOTHO scheme.
Where: 153 Clapham High Street, Clapham, SW4 7SS
Founded by accountant-turned restauranteur Ning, Mama Lan is one of London’s supper club success stories. Ning and her family came to the UK from Beijing in the ’90s and, along with her mother, jumped on the supper club wave in 2010 to produce authentic Chinese food for guests. It was such a success that she quit her job to start a Brixton Market restaurant which has blossomed into a second, Clapham Common, restaurant.
Where: 8 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0HY