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.

MaytheFifteenth (Modern British)
47 Abbeville Road, London SW4 9JX, T: 020 8772 1110
Recently changed its name from Abbeville Kitchen, this restaurant has had excellent reviews for its sometimes eclectic food. Menus change daily and are fairly short – which we like. If you don’t like the sound of what is on the menu, try it anyway. The standard of cooking is so good, the chances are you’ll enjoy it! Great ambience, friendly and unpretentious. Sometimes there can be a bit of a wait for orders. Booking recommended at weekends. Breakfast and lunch also available – we have yet to try.

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!

Cornish Tiger (Modern British)
1 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HG, T: 020 7223 7719

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.

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.

Four O Nine (Modern European)
409 Clapham Road, Clapham, SW9 9BT, T: 020 7737 0722
This really is a hidden gem as it’s a little tricky to find – but worth the effort. Accessed via a private entrance, four o nine is an intimate restaurant with excellent service and food. It also has an outdoor terrace and a private dining room. You can even pop in for afternoon tea at weekends.

Gordon Ramsay’s London House (Modern British)
7-9 Battersea Square, SW11 3RA T: 020 7592 8545
This new-ish venture from the sweary chef has had excellent reviews. The focus is on modern British and the dinner menu seems to be well priced at £40 per head for three courses (or £28 lunch). 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.

Scoffers Kitchen (Modern British)
6 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1ED, T: 020 7978 5542
Scoffers has been around for years and a popular haunt for locals but it was starting to look a little dated so the recent refurbishment brings new life into the place. We’ve yet to try the new menu but we’ll let you know when we do!

Unit 29,Ransome’s Dock, 35-37 Parkgate Road, Battersea, SW11 4NP, T: T. (020) 7350 0555
We had a slightly strange experience here involving an exploding candle – don’t ask! Aside from that we really liked the décor and atmosphere. The food was a bit mixed on our visit – some good, some lacking flavour but we’re willing to give it another go.

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!