October 16, 2014

Lunch at the Dairy

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Last Saturday, as the rain poured, the sun refused to shine and the realisation that the sun had truly disappeared into its autumn hibernation, dashing any hope of a long stroll in Kew Gardens with a picnic, we decided to head over to Clapham to check out The Dairy. 

This bar and bistro has been on my radar for a while, not only are the reviews great but my cousin is great friends with the head chef so I was over due a visit. 

Nestled back on the pavement on Clapham Common this little place is pretty unassuming from the outside but once you step through the door you feel like you are entering the dinning room of a great friend or relative. 

All the tables are laid with pretty plates and odds and ends of cutlery, no fork or knife matches but it adds to the perfect uniqueness of the atmosphere The Dairy has. 

You are greeted as though you are long lost friends and given the menu. 

Divided into categories, Land, Sea and Cheese you are presented with a selection of tempting dishes. Most of the veg, alongside the honey come from the rooftop garden and bee hives on the roof - pretty impressive!

We decided to go for the Tasting Menu. You don't have to opt in for this but I would highly recommend it. 

For £45 per head you get a really feel for all the dishes and flavor that the head chef is trying out at the moment and don't have to fumble around trying to pick the best combination of dishes on your own. 

(photos are now a little grainy, my phone was all I had!)

We oooed over the menu with a couple of the house cocktails, I went for a Dill Gin & Tonic, he went for an apple concoction. Both were delicious and decidedly quirky. 

First up were deep fried anchovies with Lemon gel. A little morsel of crunchy deliciousness 

Next up was, Cheltenham Beetroot, Hemp Seeds and Kalamata Olives...

Then Hay smoked curd with Jerusalem artichoke and Chanterelles..

The bread course followed. This was an excellent part of the meal. Each table gets a little loaf of sourdough, that you tear and share and spread with the marrow butter, chicken liver mousse and salumi.

Crispy chicken, celler kimchi and burnt kale...wonderfully crispy and tangy too.

West coast turbot, scorched plumbs (these were delicious) salsify, cavolo nero and cobnuts.

Next up was smoked cod, charred leeks and sorrel.

The meat course next...The photo for this was really just too grainy so my description will have to suffice. Presented on a warm marble plate we had tender venison with game sausage and melt in the mouth celeriac.

 Really delicious and just the perfect amount. Leaning back and rubbing filling bellies had begun but we still had a few courses to go...

Of course we opted in for the cheese course (always room for this).

Brie smothered over walnut bread with lashings of truffle on top.
A real must for the tasting menu, nicely separating the savory from the sweet courses up next.

Just look at those lashings of truffle, and gooey brie... ^ 

The first sweet on the menu, Russet apple sorbet, chia seeds and sorrel ice. 

Last up, a fantastic final dish... Salted caramel, drizzled over cacao and chocolate crumb.

This place is really a fantastic lunch time treat. You will have a feast of flavors and certainly not be disappointed. Book tables here... 

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