The English are admired (or berated??) the world over for their resilience and composure in the face of some of the most ridiculous weather. Give us just the merest glimmer of sun and we’re straight outside, tops off, convertible roofs down to bask in the glory of a single ray of light! There is no better vindication of this than our increasing penchant for al fresco dining; just look at The Southbank which has got more outdoor eating options than Jamaica!
So onto Grafton House, one of Clapham Old Town’s chicest venues, which has just opened the doors to its new garden in hope for an Indian summer! It really is a lovely outdoor area, shielded from the ramblings of the mean streets of Clapham with plenty of room to enjoy one their stunning cocktails (the Squaretropolis and Spiced Goose in particular) or explore the delicious food menus. However, we left our ‘brave pants’ at home and decided to eat indoors. The main restaurant is a comfortable and inviting venue with a contemporary yet classic feel. There are plenty of booths to get comfortable in and a large bar area too.
The fois gras parfait was a good start, but my dish of scallops on pureed avocado with mango sauce just didn’t work. Mains really picked up, with Potato Princess going for a very fresh and clean summer risotto. The real star of the show was my lamb fillet; full of natural flavour and melt in your mouth texture, with just a little bit of crispy fat. Amazing. Desserts included a delicious raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake and a good banoffee pie.
Cuisine type – modern English
Dinner for 2 (ex. drinks) – £50
Cocktails – £6.75
Wine – £4.25
13 – 19 Old Town
T: 020 7498 5559