It might not look like much on the outside but Fields is the common’s best café by a jogger’s mile.
Please note, Fields is now closed. Time Out Food & Drink Editors, May 2017.
This park café is one of three on Clapham Common, and is perhaps the least attractive – a bleak-looking concrete box sited between a busy road and skateboard park, with sneakers dangling from the connecting power lines. But it’s the common’s best café by a jogger’s mile.
After changing tenants more often than the Long Pond’s ducks have eaten crusts for dinner, this café finally has some proper culinary credentials. It’s been taken over by the people behind the uber-trendy Milk café in Balham – a joint so achingly fashionable it can’t even spell its own name properly.
Fields’s modestly furnished room belies a menu of great invention. Braised oxtail is served on sourdough toast with pickled shiitake mushrooms and basil leaves – powerfully flavoured and rich, with a strong star anise note to the slow-cooked meat. Burnt plum is served with Cornish cream, wet walnut and muscat grapes. More conventional dishes such as poached eggs on sourdough toast are jazzed up with a smear of espresso-infused thick ‘hollandaise’ and smoked salmon.
If you’re just popping in for a snack, or to sit outside on the large decked area, light bites include a yeasty, peat-smoked lardy cake, cooked in a tiny bundt tin, or big Anzac biscuits.
The drinks list isn’t too shabby either. Great coffee is made with either Workshop espresso or Koppi filter, plus there’s Kernel table beer and even ‘natural’ wines by the glass.
This may be the park café graduating from the playground, but kids are still welcome; one tot was tucking into her eggs on toast with glee on our visit. For the well-bred moppets of SW4, Fields is quite Elysian.
2 Rookery Rd
|Opening hours:||9am-5pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Clapham Common|
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This is an excellent Cafe, quite nondescript looking by the skateboarding park i.e. until you taste the food served here which is divine. They only serve two types of deserts mainly cakes but these are both wonderful. The brunch itself is excellent and one of the best brunch experiences in Clapham. It would be nice if they could open more regularly but I guess this is due to its location on the Common or perhaps they could find a more permanent site on the high street or in Clapham Old Town.
One of London's best brunch spots that should be top of everyone's 'To try' list. Creative takes on classic brunch dishes as well as some original delights such as Caribbean Doubles, excellent coffee using Workshop beans and lovely outdoor setting on Clapham Common offers a great respite from city life after a hectic week.