I have only just discovered what could be two of the top foodie establishments around Clapham: The Rookery (B) and Abeville Kitchen (A), both situated half way between Clapham Common and Clapham South. Although the design concepts may be different, the overall ideas are the same: changing seasonal menu around well sourced seasonal ingredients.
|Outside Rookery (outdoor seating)|
|Downstairs The Rookery|
Abbeville Kitchen is definitely a destination for all who love their food, and has recently been listed in "Where Chefs Eat" restaurant guide. The space is not huge but packs a punch with its great service and cosy atmosphere. The talent in the kitchen is reflected through the seasonal menu, and on this occasion we shared the beef pie for two c£27. There was quite a bit of liquid juice inside the pie which would be the only criticism from my end. The beef was SO tender and flavoursome however that I am sure it was braised for hours, and the robust flavours made up for the runny sauce. The wholemeal crust was nothing like I have ever seen/eaten before: crusty yet firm, infused with rosemary and thyme and tasted of stuffing. Superb. I will be back.I praise both of these establishments for their simplicity and seasonal flavours.
|Abbeville Kitchen - picture thanks to The Guardian|
|Pie and crust at Abbeville|