The Dairy Bar & Bistro

4.5
1119 reviews
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British
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for a Date
Modern British bistro.
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F
London
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is in a great location on the Common, nice for a drink in the sun.
Our seating was a little dark (down the back) for a Summer Saturday lunch, it would have been nice to be near the window or outside if the weather was good.
The staff we friendly and helpful.
The set course menu was a good option, allowing us to try multiple small plates.
Unfortunately we didn't really enjoy the food. The ingredients and flavours were not quite what we were expecting based on reviews from friends therefore if I were to go again, I would opt for brunch.

T
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was mostly good - though main courses were not great. Service was very slow and in some cases incompetent. 2.5 hours to get through the tasting menu - that seems a lot.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and perfect service!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with great value tasting menu!

JM
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall it was a pleasant visit, unfortunately we were seated at the back of the restaurant with no air con so was rather unpleasantly hot, when we asked for the air-con to be turned on we were told it was rubbish and has never worked properly.
Food was good, had the taster which I had a couple of months back, not much new on the menu which was a little disappointing but the standard was great. Service was friendly and helpful at all times, maybe just consider temperature on the warmer nights.
Would return again, may wait to have the taster for a while until new additions appear.

PD
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great venue and service, staff very friendly. Did the tasting menu - whilst food was pretty good the wine pairing was disappointing.

B
London
26 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Sorella several months ago and absolutely loved everything about it! For our 15th wedding anniversary this week we decided to give The Dairy a shot, hoping it would be as amazing as its sister restaurant. And it was! As our server on the evening said (and she was amazing. I don’t know her name but lady from Northern Italy - you were marvellous!) ‘our food focus is different but our service ethic and our passion for food is the same’. And she was as good as her word! Every single dish on the tasting menu was a revelation and the accompanying drinks tasting was thoughtful, interesting and generously poured!! We had a very special night and will go back again!

H
London
436 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely weekend lunch at my favourite Clapham restaurant... the set Sunday menu was different but still delicious

WL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely experience at brunch although the service was a bit scant

TA
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Notably less impressive food than they used to serve. Disappointed.

RS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time we've been here over the last 5 or so years. Consistently great food, always go for the tasting menu. Friendly staff, chef often comes out to chat to customers which is always a nice touch. Highly recommend!

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I had dinner there for a special occasion. Nobody came to us to check.. food was nice. Good vibe in the restaurant but service was not excellent.

EC
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food came quickly and was delicious. Such a cute place!

AG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service was friendly and warm (we liked the nervous new french guy who served us bottled beers with the bottle tops still sealed - we found it amusing/cute)
The food was really really good apart from my girlfriends undercooked, chewy lamb ... the following course (truffled cheese) absolutely 100 percent made up for it ...
The ginger cocktail was absolutely stunning .
As was the atmosphere / ambience .
I work in the industry myself so I’m sometimes a little over observant but I loved my tasting menu (I had the chicken)
And will definitely be returning !
Thank you

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We were only offered a v limited menu - as they had decided to close the kitchen due to the weather. Very indifferent service, and very overpriced with the bill coming to £80 for a few small dishes and a couple of glasses of wine. Shame as it used to be such a good restaurant

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Brilliant experience, food was delightful. Only downfall was the air con, it was a warm evening and it was needed.

FR
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took our nephew for Sunday lunch. Loved the feel of the place and loved the set menu and not having to make any choices! Delicious sharing starters, roast lamb etc. Very friendly and efficient waiting staff

DC
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Such a good restaurant!! The bone marrow is so good!!

ST
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wondetful set menu

DH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we have eaten here many times and it is always superb . The tasting menu is great value and the service is exceptional . Lucky to have it as our local !!

DB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant with great atmosphere

E
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

High top seating is uncomfortable, food was tepid, and not good value for money as the sizes too small. On the other hand, some of the dishes were really delicious, like the caramel chocolate dessert.

FT
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We chose The Dairy from The Good Food Guide. It is rated Cooking 6.
(We regularly eat at restaurants from this guide)
Our expectations were high but sadly the food did not measure up.

PM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Our waitress was extremely unfriendly and unhelpful, I think the customer service at the Dairy definitely needs some attention. Otherwise the food was great.

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love to dine at The Dairy. Every time we go there we bring some friends cause we are sure they will love it as we do. This time the food was good as usual and the service friendly and easy going. The only negative note is on the lack of ingredients of the menu. We arrived that was 20.30 and they already run out of 3 dishes of the menu. It was just surprising. But maybe was just a bad day.

JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Dairy achieved a very fine combination of tastes and textures and unique compositions while being fresh and light yet satisfying. We were eating with friends who were vegetarian so our meal was perhaps less rich than if we had ordered meat dishes but we came away very happy and also feeling healthy. Also, their bread is absolutely to die for which is one of the ways we judge a restaurant. We enjoyed every dish but some of our favorites were the goat curd gougeres and our friends really liked the polenta with egg dish.

MJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can take advantage of the lunch offer or take the blow-out tasting menu option and you won’t be disappointed either way. Trust the staff’s pairing recommendations too, they know what they are doing.

FF
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The dairy never fails to disappoint with its changing seasonal menu of delicious ingredients beautifully cooked and presented. It has been a wonderful addition to the south London food scene and I will keep on going as long as it is there!

J
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good service, food and atmosphere. And a bloody good playlist!

TK
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Sadly didn’t work for us, average service, average food, overpriced, confusing wine list of average wines

EW
London
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great chilled midweek dinner, Connor our host was lovely!

NB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The Dairy is one of our favourite spots for dinner so I thought we should try it for Brunch. Whilst the ambience and staff were as great as ever, I felt the selection available and pricing of the food was lacking compared to The Dairy's usual.

TD
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant but the seats and tables are very low! so not so comfortable But food superb

H
London
436 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another lovely Saturday lunch sat at a high table looking out over the Common, working my way through one delicious small plate after another. A fine carafe of white washed it all down as I watched the world go by!

LM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and the staff is extremely conscientious, friendly and helpful. My only (really the only) gripe is the music! Fortunately (for us) there were very few people there but had the restaurant been fuller the music would have made conversation difficult - and again fortunately for us we recognised most of the music played!! I’d still go back - again and again. Thank you.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing

T
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, service would be slightly more attentive but just picking at the edges as everything else was so good

AG
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

£27 lunch was a great deal.

Most of the courses were great but there was one miss for me so can’t say 5 stars. Very fatty piece of beef - but luckily was full by then.

Would go back again for the lunch deal - great value. May not for dinner.

LV
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing little gem. Really great find right in the heart of Clapham
Had amazing afternoon trying our tasting menu - every single dish had amazing layers of flavors and just amazing quality produce

K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to serve intriguing and delicious flavour combinations. Food that promotes discussion and debate as well as oohs and ahhs.

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