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.
Friendly attentive staff. A pleasant space. Grilled chicken in the salad was freshly grilled. Elderflower margarita a truly sublime experience. Only grip? Still neighbours smoking in beer garden; but then you can’t please everyone!
Our booking for New years eve was great, we had the table all evening and so could have drinks followed by dinner and then more drinks and celebration afterwards!
The food is in a far higher class than most of their competitors - thoughtful dishes which are well prepared and well presented. Services is attentive, friendly and helpful. Reasonable prices, including the wines (which we were offered to sample before we chose). I recommend the desert cocktail!