By-the-slice pizza in a former Clapham loo.
Ready for some hipster box-ticking? Yes? Okay, let’s go. Joe Public is an artisanal fast-food joint (tick), in a stools-only space (tick), that happens to be a former public loo (tickety-tick-tick)! Inside, there are two counters, one on the ‘wall side’, the other at the bar (sit here, there’s more legroom). I could go on: drinks menus scrawled on the Victorian white-tiled walls, cutlery kept in cleaned-up tins of chopped tomatoes, its ‘own brand’ Joe Public IPA. You get the idea.
It’s a US-style pizza joint and what comes out of the ovens will be a 20-inch pie. Twenty inches, incidentally, is huge. Forget bigger than a baby’s arm; we’re talking bigger than a grown-up’s arm. Which is precisely why you order them by the single slice: two to three is plenty. Toppings have a Stateside vibe: chilli-flecked slivers of pepperoni; fatty fennel-spiced sausage with mushroom and caramelised leeks; a classic margherita (a touch over-enthusiastic on the oregano, but generously cheesy). Bases are crunchy and thin and crispy – remember, this is a US-style joint – so if you’re a pizza purist in search of that unique Neapolitan-style crusty-plus-chewy dough, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Joe Public will be a huge hit with the takeaway crowd (there are seats for 30 outside, plus a hatch, open till midnight, where you can order ‘to go’, and they even pump electroswing through speakers so you can sway while you wait). But at only £4 or £4.50 a slice, it makes a sit-down meal – albeit a high-speed one, best for a quick pit-stop – an absolute steal.
|Venue name:||Joe Public||Contact:|
The Pavement, Clapham Common
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £20.|
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Average User Rating
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Amazing pizza - with slightly more interesting flavours than your average pizza joint. Great in the summer as you can sit outside and enjoy the weather.
Joe Public, and their sisters downstairs at the WC wine bar, are always a bunch of happy smiley characters ... the veg pizza option is fantastic! )
Great pizza (I had the pepperoni), good coffee and great spot to watch the world go by. Another positive addition to Clapham Old Towns's eating and drinking scene. really nice staff too
Something a bit different - street side eating in Clapham, low prices, surprisingly good wine for the price / setup.
Pizza is excellent, nice music and atmosphere in addition to this the manger is very sweet and easy to chat to.