I may well have found the best value tasting menu in all of London. The Dairy is no secret among Clapham locals – it’s right by the Common, on the amusingly named (well, in my opinion) The Pavement, and from the outside doesn’t necessarily look like much.
But step inside and the décor is the perfect balance of rustic and hipster, the lighting warm and low; the mirrors foxed and objects artfully placed; the cutlery mismatched and vintage.
So back to the tasting menu. £45 for ten courses. Ten courses of exceptional flavours, incredible textures and stunning presentation – a few rounds of nibbles, some more substantial starter-size plates, a hearty main and a couple of desserts, served on stone plates, beautiful crockery and concrete bowls.
Highlights included a light and airy whipped butter of smoked bone marrow, dolloped on a pebble to serve (yes an actual pebble!) and served with a warm sourdough roll. Incredible.
Courses of duck hearts with polenta, Sweet Promise mackerel with fermented sorrel, and game sausage with celeriac and hazelnut led us through to the main: a choice of pigeon or beef rump, both incredible.
Chocolate mousse with chunks of fudgey salted caramel and chocolate ‘soil’ was an incredible note to finish on.
Pair with a delicious bottle of Montepulciano, or something from the cocktail menu (Dill or Die was a favourite, and I couldn’t fault the Plum Fashioned) and seamless service, it was an impeccable meal.
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15 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0HY