The Dairy Bar & Bistro

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British
Modern British bistro.
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JO
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I aren't made of money, and we cannot afford to go to too many fine dining restaurants, but we hadn't had a date night in a while so I decided to push the boat out a little. Had never heard of the Dairy before but after having a look decided to give it a go. So glad we did! The Tasting Menu was absolutely amazing and considering the level of cooking on display was incredibly good value. The evening may have cost us a bit more than our usual night out but it was worth every penny. Every course that arrived was incredible and I can't count how many times my wife and I exclaimed to one another "oh my God!" after trying a mouthful. Heartily recommend this place and we'll definitely be back.

OT
London
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was already a fan of The Dairy so I knew what I was getting. Except I didn't! The tasting menu has upped its game significantly since I last had it. The snacks were plentiful, arrived on one spectacular plate and every one was a gushing taste surprise. Marvellous sushi cuttle fish, something with pickled walnut; I can't remember every detail but, aided and abetted by a wonderful Pecorino (white), we started well. My favourite dish at The Dairy is always the bone marrow agnolotti ; followed by translucent pollock. There is now a bread course, featuring a wonderful gazpacho and a spread including subtle anchovy- just gorgeous on their sourdough bread.The pork dish was eversoslightly less brilliant than other dishes but it's hard to find fault. We had another bottle of wine, a dolcetto, which was divine. The baron bigod, as a supplement, was gorgeous and we indulged in a naughty bottle of Vin Sant to wash down the various puds and the cheese. The overarching success of The Dairy, though, to me , is reliant on the sheer bubblyness of the staff. Everyone will talk to you and, boy, do I like to chat at lunch. I think we were there for 4 hours (it was a special occasion) and I can't wait to go back for more of the same on 14 November!

CS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Lovely place but food not nearly as good as it was in the past... Fingers crossed they get back on it!

KM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Never lets me down. Great staff and delicious food.

AM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely food but quite expensive overall. Nice for a special occasion!!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As expected the food was incredible. The wines to accompany each dish were lovely as was the cocktail to start. Daniel our waiter was absolutely fantastic. He spoke so passionately about the food and especially the wines. Sadly, the female waitress who also served us was the polar opposite. She didn’t smile once and came off rather cold, which was a real shame given how amazing Daniel was.

MC
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Terrific service from Nathalia. Love the diary, first time there for brunch but am a regular for dinner and lunch.

R
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday lunch menu and top service. Would definitely recommend.

JH
London
46 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Dairy is always excellent. Old favourites as well as delicious new additions to the menu.

VS
London
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, favourite place in Clapham. Beautiful food, great service.

GO
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic service & a delicious experience - this time was no different. Thanks

LY
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the tasting menu which was delicious. Great service, food and wine and a cosy atmosphere.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good Food and Service in a confortable environment.

JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great value tasting menu, awesome wine recommendations!

m
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great restaurant and friendly service. Not much more to add. Oh, great cocktails.

TL
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the Dairy is an all round wonderful experience. The food is the star, paired with an interesting and enjoyable wine list. The tasting menu is probably the best value tasting menu in town. A relaxed and comfortable ambience with attentive, friendly and knowledgable staff and what’s not to like, better still thoroughly enjoy

T
London
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful evening in this lovely restaurant. The service was absolutely perfect from the moment we arrived, with the waiters explaining the menu in detail and talking about the various wines paired with our food. We had the pescatarian and vegetarian taster menus (also a vegan option which is good to know), and thoroughly enjoyed all dishes. We booked a high top table which I wondered if they would be similar to sitting at bar stools but the tables were very comfortable and comparable with the lower tables. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Thanks to Connor and team for a great evening!

AW
London
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, great and attentive service and a nice relaxed atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone who likes good food.

V
London
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where to start?? fabulous service and absolutely brilliant food. We had the vegetarian tasting menu and we just could not get enough of the delicious dishes! Perhaps a little heavy on the carbs (pasta AND gnocchi..) that could be elevated by at least one fresher dish but the green tomato salad was more than welcome and refreshing. All highly satisfying and delightful - adorable and knowledgeable staff who never rushed us to leave or to eat... despite being the last clients in the restaurant at midnight!!
We will come back! thank you The Dairy Team!!

D
London
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fresh, interesting and delicious food, well presented

BR
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. There should be more options on the brunch menu though!

CT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved it - great atmosphere, interesting flavours and excellent service. Will definitely be back :)

l
London
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

despite giving our dietary requirements and having no indication on the menu as such to the waitress three of four dishes we had, had meat in them.
They were barely apologetic and tried to put the blame on and then backtracked once they realised.
They also messed up our order and gave us one of our starters after our main.

Such a disappointment as we had been dying to try it.

ME
London
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a very pleasant experience. Bread was REALLY good with bone marrow butter. Staff were friendly and accommodating to toddlers too.

LJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

We went here for Sunday lunch and unfortunately our experience wasn’t great. It was only on arriving that we were told we couldn’t order off the a la carte menu and had to have a three course meal, which ultimately cost everyone over £40. The quality of the food didn’t really seem to warrant that though the bread and butter is always a treat and the desert was lovely. We had quite an abrupt waitress who seemed rushed and a bit annoyed - at one point we asked for another side plate to share one of the starters and she angrily stated she wasn’t sure it would fit on the table even though there was plenty of room. The worst of it was that two separate people in our party found long hairs in their main courses which were well embedded in the food and another waitress seemed to imply it must be from one of our party and barely offered an apology or any kind of compensation. Overall though the restaurant looks lovely, the service really wasn’t good enough and made us uncomfortable and the quality of the food unfortunately wasn’t up to the cost.

FJ
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, buzzy atmosphere and great service, the ingredients for a good night out!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous place to dine! The tasting menu was delicious and the service splendid. This is now my favourite place in Clapham! Will be back again soon!

MW
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dairy’s taster menu is a complete surprise and delight to your taste buds. The service is wonderful and the waiting staff are knowledgeable and passionate about the food they serve. Some of the best food in London without a doubt.

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Flavors were incredible but all meals are indulgent, left feeling slightly ill from all the rich food.

ES
London
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal - as always. Sunday lunch is great value and delicious.

LE
London
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really tasty food, and reasonably priced for the quality.
Service was impeccable and drinks were good too.

OT
London
43 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place with good quality/cost ratio. Need to try lunch menu as brunch one was very average

SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We had the tasting menu- The food was ok, but for the price Chez Bruce down the road is 10 times better as is the service.
The main meal (beef) was chewy and almost impossible to cut and we sent it back, the chicken came out and was much better, but meant my friend whose birthday it was had finished her food alone by the time ours arrived.
The waitress was rushed and not very attentive.
We were sat next to the toilets which was not ideal.
I had noted it was my friends bday but they didn’t even wish her birthday, yet the table
Next to us were given a little desert with a candle and happy birthday written on the plate.
It was a nice evening but the food and service was very average when paying over £85 per head.

f
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First we should say we did not choose the tasting menu and only bought one bottle of wine so it was incredible value. All the dishes were great (pork scratchings, potato tart, cheese on toast and fish). The only negatives were choosing too much cheese and they need to adapt the potato tart so it has more texture. Three of us chose the salted caramel pudding with the toasted chocolate grains and it was a bit too peculiar for my liking and incredible sweet. But would definitely go again - the waiting staff were really helpful but don't try to have a quiet conversation - bare walls mean there is an echo.

R
London
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was a bit slow. Lovely food

SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Nice place and ambience but the tasting menu was very underwhelming. I’m not questioning the creativity or thought but there’s a lot to be said for keeping dishes and flavours simple and tasty.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Really wanted to like the Dairy. But service was slow and felt cold and perfunctory. Food was good but not great, especially considering the price.

AJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning food, great service, beautiful setting. Love this place x

CP
London
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This place has gone down hill since it opened. Where once the diner was taken on an imaginative culinarily journey featuring the best of British produce we now are obliged to feast on bread and overly fatty offerings of cheap cuts of meat. The home churned butter is still sublime but the poetry has left the building........along with balance nutritional value and the originality of the concept. In short - don’t bother.

BK
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was imaginative, beautifully presented and unwaveringly delicious.
A lot of squeals of delight and sharing forkfuls at our table.
Looking forward to a return visit.