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Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Clapham
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)

In a quiet residential street not far from Clapham Common, Bobbin is an appealing neighbourhood gastropub. It has a changing rota of proper ales (perhaps St Austell Tribute or something from Sambrooks), good wines by the glass, a cosy front room, and an airy conservatory at the rear.

The menu’s the main focus, with typical gastropub dishes done well. Our ribeye steak (£17.50) was well-hung, tender and grilled correctly rare as requested; the chips were of the chunky, skin-on type, and the salsa verde added kick.

Vegetarian options are unusually well-considered, from beetroot risotto in small or main course portions, or potato gnocchi which was rich in gorgonzola sauce and liberally garnished with pine nuts and parmesan (both £8 starter/£11 main).  

The desserts look particularly tempting (for example the sticky toffee pudding with ginger ice-cream), but our main courses were so filling we didn’t have room.  

Customers popping in for a coffee are just as welcome as diners. Fresh flowers decorate the bar, and the service is just as sunny.



Venue name: Bobbin
Address: 1-3 Lillieshall Rd
Opening hours: Open/snacks served 5-11pm Mon-Thu; noon-midnight Fri-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Fri; noon-4pm Sat-Sun. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Sat; 6-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Clapham Common tube
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The Bobbin is a nice little surprise tucked away in Clapham Old Town, just 10 minutes walk from the Common.

It epitomises both gastro and pub, with plenty of spots to eat great food in a relaxed environment, whilst also giving plenty of space to pub drinkers. 

I went here for a work dinner and ploughed my way through three delicious courses. If there is one word of warning about The Bobbin, it is that portion sizes are HUGE. When my goats cheese tart starter came out, I genuinely thought it was my mine. Halfway through my ricotta tortellini I thought I may have overdone it on the cheese front, but the biggest shock was when my dessert was served - an apple crumble not far off the size of my face! However, jesting aside, the food was delicious and the staff were super friendly. I'd 100% recommend.


The Bobbin is situation on a residential street just off a row of shops. The closest Tube station is Clapham Common but as it was a great evening I walked 30 minutes or so from Clapham Junction. This place falls in my category of ‘great local for long summer chats in the beer garden’. Im so excited to have found a ‘local’ opposed to trendy bars or places that just try too hard. We only had drinks but the food that went past looked really sumptuous. The beef burgers looked rather juicy and meaty. I plan to come back here to try the roast dinners. The service was excellent, a cheery lady and we got served really quickly both times. We managed to get a table outside and its very much a family, friends, dog friendly type of place for all to meet up. The conservatory is a lovely touch and the heaters and lights in the garden are also cater for those who get chilly when the sun goes down (me). A little bit of the beaten track but well worth the trek to. 

As a local I shouldn't be telling you about the great staff, the heated beer garden, the good quality food (especially the platters) because even as a not-so-well-kept-secret, this place packs to the rafters especially in the summer, but after the 'after work' rush has gone, around 8pm, you can usually find a spot, play a bit of draughts, scrabble, or darts, scoff the food with quick and efficient service and sprawl out in the garden without fighting for a seat.  There, now I've ruined it for everyone!

Really great food and very friendly atomsphere. I recommend the garden at the back during the summer.

Having just seen the other reviews I thought it very worthy to post a comment. The fact that even with the odd complaint the Bobbin still gets 3-4 stars speaks volumes. This is the best little pub in Clapham Old Town. Great food, great drinks and great service....... 5 stars

Just back from Sunday lunch, this is one of the best if not the best we have had in SW London. Pork shoulder was perfectly cooked, slow roasted and full of flavor whilst the chicken was perfectly moist with crispy skin. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars was because the waitress wasn't very welcoming and there was no service with a smile.

Lovely location with a lovely conservatory and outdoor seating, good food but have to rate it down due to the shocking service I received there when I went for Sunday lunch. Granted they were busy but not only did it take ages to get served, we had to get up and get staff's attention, they forgot things we'd asked for and served us with grumpy, affronted looks. Shame, as otherwise it's really nice.

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