The Bolingbroke, a favourite amongst Clapham residents

I've recently become a fan of finding a local pub to dine in over a restaurant. Mainly because of moving areas and therefore wanting to find a good local to pop to like our beloved Claude's Kitchen or The Brown Cow. However it's also due to really enjoying the atmosphere of dining within a more relaxed surrounding and, more often than not, propping up the bar (before and afterwards).

Mr D and I met up with my brother and his ridiculously pretty girlfriend for a spot of supper. Both being Clapham based we wanted to head to the highly acclaimed Bolingbroke pub at the top end of the vibrant Northcote Road.  

The dining room at the back is gorgeously light and quite romantic. Rustic tables are set and a special board is scrawled on the wall. Menu's were brought over and I needn't have looked - the specials totally caught my eye...

If ANYONE can please tell me where their blue rimmed plates are from I will be over-the-moon! Perfect for summer dinner parties!

Special: salt and pepper squid, was taken up by Mr D and I. Perfectly crisp, plentiful and served with a wickedly good aioli, red and green chillies and spring onion. Fab!

Potted shrimp was taken up by my brother.

Fish cakes taken up by Miss SS, a pretty delicate dish.

Another of the specials was taken by yours truly and I was hugely satisfied... coley, beetroot mash, broccoli and a scallop sauce. The scallop sauce, expecting it to be a sauce tasting of scallops in fact had little queenies dotted around. The coley had a good crispy skin and flaky flesh this went well with the earthy beetroot mash - a really nicely presented plate.

Lamb chops had my the brother ship...

Miss S chose the Burger which came with a good helping of decent chips.

Mr D had another of the specials: ribs in a smoked bbq sauce - never one to pass should ribs be on a menu, these hit a spot. The meat was tender and came off the bone easily. The sauce could have had a bit more of a smokiness punch to it but good all the same.

After supper we popped into the bar area to carry on the evening and have some drinks, we were served promptly and found a space easily considering it was pretty heaving- locals must love this place. We had one of those really lovely and relaxed evenings. 

A fabulous Clapham gastro-pub which is helping me settle into my new surroundings with great ease, thank you! Their roast dinners are on my hit list soon walking past on a Sunday their Yorkshire puds look incredible!

T: 020 7228 4040
A: 174 Northcote Road, LondonSW11 6RE

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