Long-standing Streatham pub, The Manor Arms, has looked to the past to take it into the future with its recent relaunch. Set on the site of a former grimy boozer, the new owners have provided this neglected venue with a refurb that has seen the restoration of many of its original 1930’s features to create an elegant art-deco style venue.
The refurb goes more than skin deep though. Opened with the aim of becoming the first point of call for the food and drink needs of local residents, The Manor Arms has employed some highly regarded industry professionals to create a quality offering.
The bar is a relaxed and stylish area to enjoy one of the many Cask Marque certified ales as well as a range of eclectic lagers. Impressively for a local pub, the spacious and lively bar area also includes a cocktail list that has been created by top mixologist Wayne Collins.
Taking pride of place at the venue is an open-plan kitchen that serves to both feed and entertain guests. Heading the kitchen is Matt Pepperell, formerly of Bob Bob Ricard, who has put together a traditional British menu with an emphasis on local ingredients. We visited for the most challenging of meals, Sunday lunch (we all like to compare it to our mums, don’t we!), and were most impressed by the quality of cooking.
Starters include fresh and perfectly seasoned Potted Morecambe Bay shrimps with toast and a classic Ham Hock Terrine with piccalilli. Traditional Sunday roasts come hearty of portion and big on flavour, including a stunning Shoulder of lamb with anchovy potatoes & rosemary jus; and a Roast Cornish chicken with sage and onion stuffing which is prepared sous-vide to provide plump and juicy meat once you’ve cut through the crisp and tasty skin. Puddings may risk putting your mum out of a job too, including a Cox’s apple crumble with calvados crème fresh and rich Steamed Chocolate Sponge with orange crème fresh.
With starters at around £6 and full roasts with the trimmings costing around £14, value is also good. Moreover, they’ve also got a great £10 set-menu during weekdays, as well as breakfast and lunch options, making the residents of Streatham are very lucky indeed!
Meal for two (excluding drinks): £25
The Manor Arms
13 Mitcham Lane
Tel: 020 3195 6888