Fusing the best of European brasserie and British garden pub traditions, The Stonhouse is famed for its gastropub fare. This is all thanks to Three Cheers Pub Co., a group who have been deftly refurbishing some of London’s most characterful pubs with the utmost sensitivity for the values enshrined by the classic British pub – a great range of drinks and reasonably priced, unpretentious food, all served in a lively, down-home atmosphere. It’s an ethos that has largely faded from prominence with the recent glut of cookie-cutter gastropubs – thankfully this spot down Clapham High Street is a bold redeemer of the British pub ideal.
Being nestled off to one side of busy Clapham High Street hasn’t stopped Londoners desperate for the authentic British pub vibe from flocking to The Stonhouse to ride a new wave in the London gastropub scene. The Stonhouse is a refurbished heritage building housing an incredibly well-stocked bar and a tranquil garden for relaxing out of doors, all decorated with a modestly-phrased taste for the finer things in life. The whole place can be hired out for private parties, but most dive right in for an unparalleled, sociable atmosphere that recalls the golden age of the British pub. The Stonhouse has verve, elegance, and an unfussy simplicity all rolled into one.
The Stonhouse’s superb wine list is a top attraction for many London punters pushing to the bar amidst the convivial atmosphere down Clapham High Street, while hopheads can sample a diverse range of cask, keg, and bottled beers before what we consider The Stonhouse’s truly main attraction. Turning to the menus, you can’t go past The Stonhouse’s famed steaks, which are aged in-house. Keeping the locally-sourced ethos firmly alive, The Stonhouse’s chef’s are blessed not only with deft knife-hands, but by chicken, lamb, and pork produced on The Stonhouse’s parent company Three Cheers Pub Co.’s very own Hampshire farm. The fish, too – fish and chips with your pint, anyone? – is carefully selected from English day fishing fleets based off the south coast, meaning anything and everything you order is as fresh as the daisy’s in the courtyard outside.
Another good visit to the Stonhouse. Used the January offer from their website for 50% off food which made this an incredibly reasonable evening. Food was very good.
The Stonhouse is a great local dependable option, good pub food in a lovely atmosphere. Staff are good and attentive to your needs. Food generally quite consistent,
Great local pub with fantastic food and service. Can’t recommend the pork enough!
Great food, great service. We went with three generations and we all loved the food. We’ve been before but I think the food has improved! Definitely recommend
Having visited The Stonhouse many times and never came away disappointed, on this occasion our visit was not up to standard. This evening we reserved a table for 4, the staff were pleasant and courteous as always but I have to say our meals when they arrived we're not up to their usual standard, two in our party had the battered hake and chips which when presented looked rather messy thrown on the plate. I went for the chicken which was over cooked - very dry and our other guest had the sea bass which again was over cooked. All I can add was maybe the usual chief was away ? as the food served in The Stonhouse is usually of a high standard. I will go back but maybe in a few weeks.
A busy Friday evening at the Stonhouse, but never over-crowded or rowdy, just a lovely buzz. and despite the place being full, table service was fast and efficient throughout, and predominantly smiley! The starter was a little underwhelming, I tend to think a combo of squid and chorizo is one work making a little bit of a statement about, rather than plonking a few bits on some rocket and serving - it came out very quickly, no prizes for guessing it didn't take much prep. the sea bream, however, was terrific - generous, tasty, perfectly cooked, on a bed of crisy and flavourful veggies. we both chose the same dishes, so sadly not able to comment on any other menu items! there was a small issue when the bill came and my friend had been charged for doubles on her drinks when she had specifically ordered singles, and this was rather grudgingly amended by the waitress. otherwise, a lovely atmosphere, friendly folks lovely food, ideal Friday.
The Stonhouse does great steaks and did not fail this time, all diners in my party had steak with fries and Bearnaise Sauce. The wine is reasonably priced and wide-ranging. We enjoyed a Rioja with the steak, perfect to stand up to those robust flavours. I like the atmosphere but it odes get busy and noise levels can rise. If you want intimacy ask for a table away from the bar. If the wetaher had been good we could even have eaten outside.
We had a reservation and although early and the restaurant packed we were seated straight away-at a TERRIBLE table but I had us moved when a slightly better table came up-now I know the layout I will ALWAYS specify i want a Banquet seating table not a free standing table & chairs where EVERYONE pushes into you-especially diners going outside to smoke-FREQUENTLY The service was pretty good considering it seemed very haphazard with too many servers waiting around at the computer terminal killing time while others seemed rushed off their feet Food was not bad and arrived fast-presentation wasnt great and only the few roast potatoes were actually HOT the rest including the gravy was luke warm and cold in minutes-if the food was piping hot id have marked it a 5 and at £15 was well below par-Id value this meal at £12 maximum-The meat portion was good but the vegetables were a mess and downright mean and the gravy almost cold_if im ever there again will NOT order the Sunday Roast-the burgers at £11.50 looked way more appertising...there really was no excuse for barely warm food
Hi there Having not been to the Stonhouse in years, I was looking forward to going back. We ordered a main and pudding, and the main came out very quickly considering it was a roast, and so wondered if it had been sitting under a hot plate for a while. It was hot and tasty so that didn't bother us too much. We then choose our puddings an waited approx. 40 mins for this to arrive, having to ask the waitress twice where it was. The puddings then arrived, only to find that 2 out of the 3 Blackberry and Apple Crumbles were cold right through. So we sent these back and waited a further 5 mins, by which point those who had the right puddings had finished. I felt the lunch wasn't the best and there was no question that the Stonhouse would take money off for the wait of the puddings, or the incorrect temperature of the puddings. Also the acoustics weren't great sitting in the middle of the room, so not sure if I would go back in a hurry.
I fundamentally like the Stonhouse, it's a nice environment, generally friendly staff. The food is OK but do not expect anything more than that, the wine list has a reasonable selection and doesn't make your wallet sweat too much, although there could be a few more wines at the top end of the list as I personally only had 3 or 4 wines to choose from that I would be happy to drink. Overall I would recommend The Stonhouse it's a good place with the bonus that it's dog friendly!