The Dairy Bar & Bistro

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British
Modern British bistro.
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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal the staff are fantastic as they have been every time we’ve been and the food is amazing

J
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stunning food, highest quality sharing plates. Excellent service and knowledgeable wine recommendation. Excellent lunch and can’t wait to return

MH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All perfect except the 45 minute wait. Incredible food.

J
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We loved the restaurant and definitely will be back, the food was fantastic only problem was the mallard was under cooked and made those that ate it unwell later in the evening. The vegetarian food was truly delicious and so was the wine.

OT
London
23 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we love this place, whether for drinks or the full tasting menu. this was the full tasting menu and it was even better than last month, when it was outstandingly gorgeous. The snacks are so quirky and intensively flavoursome and architectonic masterpieces; the bread course with its homemade chorizo and a gorgeous dipping thing, is a brilliant novelty; the pollack and beef were wonderfully cooked. Wev washed it all down with a superb Pecorino, then a Dolcetto and then got well-squiffy with a 500ml bottle of vin sant to wash down our Baron Bigod on toast and the two desserts. The service is fabulous and friendly. I have no idea what other people have experienced who have complained of service. But I do lunch, mid-week and that's the secret for superb service!! Cant wait to get back there.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Helpful and knowledgeable staff made our visit. I've eaten here before and really enjoy their menus, tasty creative dishes (delicious bread a bonus) with perfect portions (not too much, not too little). Staff seem to delight in your visit, their manner is relaxed but attentive and all were enthusiastic about their restaurant's offering. We were very impressed with them. Happy attentive staff is a good sign of how valued they feel by the powers that be. The restaurant was busy and buzzy but we had no problem with noise levels. We had a lovely evening, our late booking allowing us to linger. Recommend.

WP
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food at the Dairy is as exciting as it has ever been: I still think the tasting menu is fantastic value for what you get. Wine by the glass definitely isn't such good value - some of the more expensive options especially - but it's hard to begrudge...

EM
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fantastic meal at the dairy, The food was delicious and really good quality , a real treat
Will definitely be back

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, though there was a slight hickup with the order. The guy waiter was brilliant but the female was extremely unfriendly - she would literally state what the plate was and walk off. Great value for nice food though.

SW
London
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, so rare to be able to enjoy very high end cooking in a lively, fun atmosphere

PS
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a table for 4 people and we all chose the mouth watering tasting menu with wine pairing. The food was amazing, very elegantly presented, the wines to go with each dish were great and the service was impeccable, friendly but professional and attentive. It was so nice to be somewhere where the staff really seem to want to be there and are enjoying working hard. We could see the kitchen from our table and it was the same there. We got the chance to have a few words with the young lady chef there and told her what a great job she was doing.
It was our 3rd time there and we were still impressed by everything.
Well done everyone.

FH
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s a regular for us and the tasting menu always a choice as it’s delicious. This time I went with my dad (in his 70’s) and he found the acoustics too loud to fully enjoy the ambiance.

AW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Room is lovely and staff very pleasant. Food was a mixed bag - some excellent, some so-so.
Background music was much too loud for my taste.
I prefer to choose how much tip to give rather than have 12.5% service charge included automatically.

C
London
43 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. The tasting menu is incredible - from the initial amuse bouche, selection of snacks to main course. Desert (pumpkin pie) was a bit underwhelming. Wine was fantastic and reasonably priced. They were slow with some courses (pollock turned up late & cold-ish) but they recognised this and gave a discount on the bill. Overall, really worth going - food & service is incredible.

NA
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The staff were very attentive and accommodating, and the food was both inventive and delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to friends, it is certainly one of the best neighbourhood restaurants in this part of London.

JO
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Every mouthful is a taste sensation! The level of food is second to none ... high end restaurants should take note of this Clapham establishment! Every dish was literally to die for ! Will be back again and again and again.

KM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JH
London
46 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GO
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LY
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Food and Service in a confortable environment.

JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TL
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Fresh, interesting and delicious food, well presented

BR
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

l
London
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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