Does she love a good Bear Hug ale? And can he not get enough of English bubbly from Kent? Please everyone in your group with the equally thoughtful beer and wine lists at this welcoming, well-heeled, up-tempo bar. Tables are likely to be booked up by diners (especially the cosy alcove spots), but there are plenty of seats for drop-ins at the unfussy wooden bar – plus a heated front porch with a view of the south side of the Common (albeit across a multi-lane road).
The bar-dining room has a warm atmosphere set by the benevolent presence of a smartly dressed manager, who flits about and chats with guests. Slightly tucked away from the hullabaloo that is Clapham at the weekend, this is a place to get merry with your well-behaved friends. And you can bring the dog.