The Rectory

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Tucked away in the heart of Clapham’s Old Town, The Rectory is everything you want from your local public house. Now under independent ownership and fully refurbished, we are all about fresh food, quality drinks and entertainment for all. Everyone is welcome at The Rectory: join us with friends, invite the family, bring the kids and the dog can come too. We look forward to it! Our kitchen team at The Rectory are proud to present our all new, freshly prepared menu of seasonal dishes. We promise home-cooking at its finest with a focus on vegetarian and vegan options alongside our twist on British pub classics. Pop in for a quick midweek lunch, spend the evening being wined and dined, or bring the family for our Sunday Rectory Roast. We’ve got you covered!
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IJ
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Mixed experience at The Rectory. On the plus side, it is a lovely space and has a great drinks range. It was also quiet when we went for lunch. On the negative side, service was extremely slow and our starters were forgotten about until we asked for them one full hour after ordering. Our mains, which had already been cooked at that point and included burgers and fish & chips, were left to stand under heat lamps for 30 minutes and then brought to us after we had our starters. Because this is a nice venue, we might give it another try in hopes that the service improves. Prices were average for the area.

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GG
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable casual setting. Good drinks and food came quickly.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Relaxed atmosphere and very attentive staff. A bit disappointed with the small potion of vegetables with the roasts meat

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O
London
388 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The worst thing about this venue is that the staff turnover is notable. Notable because they manage to attract some really good staff and always a shame when you have a great local like this place and the staff keep shifting. Nature of the game I guess but a shame none the less. This is a really good spot on a Friday night especially with the live music and the discount on the menu for friends. Manager is a dream and the chefs are consistently good. We have yet to have a bad meal here.

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Bristol
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Roast chicken was lovely, huge portion!! And I’ve had the roast beef before which is great too. Great Yorkshire’s and roast potatoes. Love the music in there, chilled vibe to meet friends.

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G
London
76 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service staff - The roast was fairly good portions but the quality of the meat lacked pizzazz.

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EM
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely pub with fantastic atmosphere. We went for the pub quiz on the Tuesday - we will be back! A gem in Clapham Old Town.

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LW
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating to a celiac - chef Budin was very kind and helpfu. Food was delicious and portions were excellent. Great Sunday family Sunday lunch with the dog!

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TH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Me and my girlfriend visited the Rectory for the first time on New Year’s Day, when we had a burger and pie. The decor and feel inside the pub was very appealing and a good spot for a light and easy meal. However, the pie was bland and my girlfriend gave up on the burger because it was soggy and flavourless (“it tasted just like a cheap fast food burger”). Given that the burger was around £12 we were very disappointed.

I really hope they take this on board because this pub would make a great little local for us if the food quality improved!

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great pub. Good and friendly staff. Nice drink are and separate dining. We had a great night.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Helpful staff and tasty food

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B
London
14 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Easy to book. Staff very welcoming and helpful. Simple menu

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Came down for a roast dinner with my family. The place was packed out. We were shown to our table which still had glasses and spillages on it but were told we could sit down. It took at least 10 minutes to get the table cleared and another 5 to get food menus at which point we were told that the only roast dinners available were the beef and vegetarian options. The waitress was nice enough but service overall was poor and we often wondered if we should have just gone to the bar. Majority of my family ordered burgers instead which were a bit burnt and the roast dinner I had was lukewarm.

The general atmosphere was nice, I think this is potentially a great spot for a drink and day out with friends but was not great for a meal

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O
London
388 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place and go frequently. In a quieter part of town so it does'nt seem to attract the noisy hoards you find in clapham central. We have yet to have a bad meal here and today was no exception. The portion of fries was a little small but we mentioned it and got another portion to share. The team are always accommodating and attentive albeit a little rushed on a Fridays.

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CC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good atmosphere, good food

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F
London
10 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Christmas 2 course meal. The table was decorated beautifully when we arrived, the food was delicious and all the staff were very friendly.

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n
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Rectory is a great little pub, not too far from Clapham Common, that does a pub quiz on Tuesday nights. For £12 you can get a burger and a beer, and then it is £2pp for the quiz, which is a bit of fun. Would recommend booking, as the quiz can be quite popular.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They ran out of roasts and stopped serving after we ordered. We arrived 30 mins early so if we’d arrived on time at 4pm we wouldn’t have been able to eat.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Went for a Sunday roast after being assured on the phone when we booked that all roasts were gluten free.
Turns out they weren’t gluten free at all, and the beef was also raw and came with string in it.

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O
London
388 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good team here and great manager. Very attentive and personable. Food is good. Steak and chips were both sizable portions.

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VF
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Good food but they messed up the order and offered our bread and olives after the main...!?

Should improve their service.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place - staff welcoming and food lovely :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent a very pleasant Sunday afternoon here playing board games and drinking tea after a Sunday Roast. Very comfortable settings

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O
London
388 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Came here for the Kiev's but alas the menu had changed and it was no longer available. We had burgers and skin on fries instead which were both delectable. Pecan pie has also disappeared so did not sample desserts but will try these next time. One of the things we like about this place is it is lively on a Friday night with the acoustic music set but somehow it is never rowdy. The unadvertised 25% off for members of the R group which is easy to join is also a bonus.

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O
London
388 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love this place but on a Friday night it is even better. Live acoustic set and a lively but friendly crowd. Also if you sign up to their R club they give you a 25% discount Mon - Friday on all food. We tried the wings with homemade blue cheese dip. We could have just eaten these all night they were so delicious. We followed these up with the Kievs which were both huge and well seasoned. We skipped dessert as we were stuffed however we will try the pecan pie as soon as its back on the menu.

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F
London
10 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and lovely staff! We will be back again soon.

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O
London
388 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Vegan and Vegetarian Mondays here mean that there is 50% off advertised prices so we thought we'd give it a go. We had halloumi burgers with blue cheese fritters and vegetable tempura to start. All three dishes were delicious but a tad heavy on the 'fry quotient'. Vegan chocolate pots to follow which were dense and delicious. Having opted for three courses we couldn't quite finish the desserts so took them home instead. Really attentive staff here which make our regular visits here a delight.

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A
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team are brilliant and the food is great. No need to say any more.

Go to the Rectory

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M
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely bar staff, quick service, nicely decorated, yummy food and live music! Ticks all the boxes. Was very quiet when we were there Friday Eve, they deserve more customers.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We ordered dessert after the main and it took 30 mins for a simple cheesecake to arrive. Very poor service. However great ambience.

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s
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Under staffed so waited for nearly 30mins for 4 cocktails to be made.
Noise levels of the music meant we had to move outside to have a conversation.
Great food.
Has a great look but the ambience is not good.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great pub and great addition to the neighbourhood - definitely worth popping in for affordable drinks and food, friendly environment and helpful staff

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GD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service from the team: good Sunday roast food. Not sure about the magician or artwork - but understand that pubs must survive.

Easter lamb option was excellent.

Young team was fantastic: energetic, enthusiastic, smart and personable.

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RP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overtime I go to the Rectory I have a great time. The Food is fantastic, (especially the Sunday roast) the team there go out of their way to make you welcome and the ambience is surpassed only by the quality of the cocktails and wine list. Special shout out to Freya, who is the life and soul of that place.

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F
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely pub, great food and friendly staff! Thank you, we will definitely be back soon.

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F
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had chicken pie and mash and it was DELICIOUS! Met with my friends to have a catch up and play the quiz which was super fun. Will definitely return and recommend to my friends. Thanks for a lovely night guys!

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E
London
16 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Good lunch place but need to work on their food offer which is very limited

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HS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service and good food. Always lots of other diners but hardly ever overcrowded - makes for a relaxing environment.

I would just note that I paid for my meal with card and so on my bank balance the restaurant was listed as The Calf, which is it's old name. Thought it was worth pointing this out incase it caused alarm for anyone else.

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GU
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty food and even better selection of beers! Nice decor also.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice atmosphere, food was great and staff were all very welcoming. Will definitely be back!

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