Modern British/European Restaurants

Modern British/European Restaurants in and around Clapham

What exactly is a Modern British restaurant anyway? We’re not exactly sure ourselves but let’s say it means the best of British cooking using seasonal ingredients and a bit of imagination! Whatever the definition, we seem to have a lot of modern British restaurants in Clapham and around.

Abbeville, The (British)
67-69 Abbeville Road, Clapham, SW4 9JW, T: 020 8675 2201
Popular pub with plenty of cosy corners to enjoy a meal. Good quality, seasonal food and daily changing specials. Friendly service.

Darwin
189 St John’s Hill, Battersea, London SW11 1TH, T: 020 7738 0735
A new restaurant to the area, Darwin’s aim is to offer relaxed dining in a cosy, clutter-free environment. We’d describe the menu as modern British but with dishes from around the world too. They also serve roasts from 12-3pm every Sunday.

MaytheFifteenth (Modern British)
47 Abbeville Road, London SW4 9JX, T: 020 8772 1110
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Bistro Union (British)
40 Abbeville Road, Clapham SW4 9NG, T: 020 7042 6400
Owned and run by the team at Trinity in Clapham Old Town, Bistro Union includes British classics such as toad in the hole, shepherd’s pie, trifle and treacle tart. Bar snacks from 11am and there’s a children’s menu from 12-3pm and 6-7.30pm, brunch served Saturday 9.30am-3pm and Sunday until 4pm – very civilised! Reservations can be made for brunch, lunch and dinner although half the tables are allocated for anyone who fancies stopping by, so you can be spontaneous. Delicious recipes on their website but we say leave it to the professionals – but maybe that’s just us!

Cote (Modern French)
35-37 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1HG, T: 020 7223 4277
Ok, so it’s a chain but we have never had a bad meal at Cote and the staff are always efficient and friendly. Reasonably priced too.

Esca
160 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UG, T: 020 7622 2288
Esca has had a refurbishment and has moved from being a cafe/deli to a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails.  Seasonal produce, open flame cooking with British/Celtic/Latin influences.

Fish in a Tie (Mediterranean)
105 Falcon Road, SW11 2PF, T: 020 7924 1913
The menu is an eclectic mix, loosely Mediterranean and the restaurant is just minutes from Clapham Junction. Reasonable prices. Two courses for £12.

Foxlow
15-19 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9EX, T: 020 7680 2700
Brasserie meets diner with a focus on seasonal British food – steaks, fish, salads and Sunday roasts. Nice vibe!

Gordon Ramsay’s London House (Modern British)
7-9 Battersea Square, SW11 3RA T: 020 7592 8545
This local restaurant owned by the sweary chef has had excellent reviews. The focus is on modern British and the dinner menu seems to be well priced for food of this quality. The downside – you’ll need to book well in advance for dinner at weekends.

Lamberts (Modern British)
2 Station Parade, Balham High Road, London SW12 9AZ, T: 020 8675 2233
We’ve been going to Lamberts since it first opened nine years ago and we’re pleased to say that the standard of cooking is still high. We’ve always found the service to be friendly and professional too. It also has a good reputation for delicious Sunday roasts – even voted in the Independent Top 50 best roasts in the UK. But what we really like about Lamberts is that it feels like a special occasion restaurant yet the prices are reasonable for such quality, seasonal cooking.

Metro (Modern European)
9a, Clapham Common South Side, Clapham, SW4 7AA, T: 020 7627 0632
The Metro has been here for ever! The secret to its success is probably its secret garden. Inside is cosy and welcoming and the menu includes British and European favourites.

Nutbourne
Unit 29,Ransome’s Dock, 35-37 Parkgate Road, Battersea, SW11 4NP, T: 020 7350 0555
This is such a great location – particularly on a warm evening when you can sit on the terrace by the dock. We had a great evening when we visited. Good quality food – with an emphasis on sustainability – and friendly service. Somewhere for a special occasion but relaxed enough, and not too expensive, to be a regular destination.

22 North Street Clapham London SW4 0HB, T: 020 3583 3702
Good things come in small packages – well, that’s certainly the case at 22 North Street. Food is good quality and excellent value and there’s a private dining room for small groups (8-12) which is entered through a bookcase door!

The Windmill on the Common (Modern British/European)
Windmill Drive, Clapham Common, London, SW4 9DE, T: 020 8673 4578
Great steaks here!