The Dairy | Clapham Restaurant
John Travolta has just bought his very own farm.
He’s got chillies, they’re multiplying.
Hey, that’s a good joke. Not because it’s funny, but because it sounds just like the rooftop garden of today’s subject The Dairy, where husband and wife duo Robin and Sarah Gill not only grow chillies, but also harvest an array of herbs, spices, vegetables and fresh Western Bee honey for the downstairs restaurant and bar.
All of which is a bit of a relief, because:
1) If you don’t live south of the river, you now have an excuse to go there. And,
2) If you do live south of the river, you now needn’t leave in order to find relaxed, unpretentious, high quality modern European cuisine ranging from seafood to charcuterie and vegetarian, served tapas-style by enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff.
In a display of true historical acuity, The Dairy was once… a dairy. It’s not anymore, however the proprietors do make their own smoked bone marrow butter, which they serve (as a complimentary amuse bouche) on freshly-baked sourdough, resting atop a bed of warm pebbles.
After those you’ll have the option to down a cocktail or two and then order from the menu of a chef who trained at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons: a menu which includes dishes like truffled brie de meaux on toast with “rooftop” honey; chicken oysters with crispy skin and burnt kale; and desserts like salted caramel with cacao and malted barley ice cream.
Ain’t no cocktails or homemade honey on Travolta’s farm.
NOTE: The Dairy is open for lunch Tues-Sun, dinner Tues-Sat, and weekend brunch. You can find out more, and reserve a table, right HERE.
The Dairy | 15 The Pavement, London, SW4 0HY
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