Pepper Tree

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  • Thai
84 Love It
Guy Dimond

In the autumn of 2012 Pepper Tree changed hands (to the owner of nearby Eco), and it reopened in early May 2014 with a smart new look.

Little has changed in the format though - the tightly packed rows of wooden canteen tables offer a spot of elbow tennis for the young and noisy clientele.The menu is Thai, the prices affordable.

On our visit in mid-May, only a week after the reopening, we were disappointed by the both the perfunctory service and lacklustre cooking. The greeter wandered off before showing us to our seats; the server plonked dishes down on our table without even making eye contact, let alone a smile. We had to go to the pass to attract the attention of staff to get the bill.

This might be forgiveable if the cooking was exemplary, but the dishes we tried were either average or below par. Both a som tam (green papaya salad) and pad Thai verged on the bland, partly a result of both being vegetarian versions; without fish sauce or dried shrimps, they lacked a depth of sour and salty pungent flavours. The pad Thai noodles were mushy and broken. The best dish was a yellow fish curry, which had a good balance of flavours.

Despite the good-looking refit and a revised menu, we can't help feeling that Pepper Tree really needs to up its game in other aspects of the operation, as what came across on our visit was complacency in both kitchen and front of house.


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Pepper Tree says
Just a few steps from Clapham Common tube, The Pepper Tree is a well-loved Thai restaurant in the neighbourhood. From its trendy interior (designed by artist Paul Davis), great staff and hip clientele to its beautifully presented and super tasty food, it will surely get you wanting more.
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Venue name: Pepper Tree
Address: 19 Clapham Common Southside
Opening hours: Meals served noon-10.30pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Clapham Common
Price: Dinner for two around £35 including drinks and service.
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Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:15
  • 4 star:4
  • 3 star:0
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  • 1 star:1
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Karayn C

If you are looking for a secluded meal for 2 then this isn't the place for you, they tend to pack as many people as possible on to their benches. It is always busy - most likely because the food is tasty, reasonably priced and handily right next to Clapham Common station. 


Used to be amazing until was taken over by Italian bosses who own ECO (or Esca) on Clapham High Street. It is quite average food now. Not very authentic.l took my asian friend for a meal, being super excited by great flavors in Pepper Tree and we both left disappointed. It is a place to go if you don't know Thai food too well. 

Danny H

This place serves tasty, fresh Thai food at an affordable price. And given that it's right next to Clapham Common tube station, what more could you really ask for? As per the comments below, the charcoal grilled meat is amazing!

Sergio B

Had and amazing charcoal grilled duck. The food was cooked to perfection. The staff is very friendly and the prices very affordable. Will definitely come back and recommend.


Great food and also do a great deal for dinner and a movie at the picturehouse just across the street.

Anup P

The Staff: Fantastic, Very Welcoming, always Happy, GREAT Service and always look to go the extra mile even when you have not requested anything special.

The Food: My favourite cuisine is Chinese & Indian but this place has made me like Thai Food a whole lot more! The portions are very good and the taste is lovely.

The Ambience: The atmosphere is very nice and cosy in the simple but effective layout.

The Location: Very Close to Clapham Common Tube Station

evrim k

The best restaurant in Clapham with its delicious Thai food and smiley atmosphere ! x

Miroslava M

Deliscious traditional Thai hot curries and stir/fried dishes, one of the busiest restaurants in Clapham. Worth trying their amazing Ginger Martinis (they do happy hour). Check the Picturehouse cinema deal as well. Favourite place!

Nina S

Good Thai food with good value prices. Fast and friendly service. Love chicken Lukas side of swimming pool. Comfort food that I love.

Katy M

Best food in Clapham. Great busy atmosphere and staff that are always willing to help.

Emy L

Great thai food, and great for the area as they have a special deal with the cinema too. Some gluten free options and even a few vegan items, though they are not advertised. Delicious and filling food, nice and spicey, and a great atmosphere!

Josh O

Both my sister and I visited last Sunday for lunch. we were met with amazingly friendly staff and some of the best Pad Thai we've ever had! Cant recommend this place enough.

Jack B

I have been to this restaurant several times in the last month, for lunch, for dinner or just for tea.
The food is very good and well prepared, there are a lot of special tea and the staff is friendly and skilled.
The atmosphere is relaxed and it is pleasant to spend time in this restaurant. It is a good place to enjoy with friends or in couple

Lucy A

The service and food were second to none. It was nice to have a table by the kitchen and watch all team working together. I had Chicken Pad Thai and Dim Sum, whereas my partner got papaya salad and Tempura, everything was delicious.The atmosphere was relaxing and the head waiter was nice and very attentive. We will be back soon.

Alex B

Visited with friends following countless recommendations. Excellent range of traditional Thai food all at very reasonable prices. On a par, and certainly more hygienic than the food I had in Thailand! Planning on returning again soon. The best Thai food I have had in London by far.

Luigi d

Great little venue, near the Clapham common tube; relaxed shared table atmosphere, speedy service and fresh food. Very nice authentic food and a good menu selection.