Restaurants, Contemporary European Balham
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The words ‘local’ and ‘seasonal’ are bandied around a great deal these days, but Lamberts puts its menu where its mouth is. This swish Balham restaurant changes its line-up every month, showcasing the best regional British produce at that precise moment in time.

Even the aperitifs are local; on our visit, a wickedly strong ‘Tooting Stinger’ was being made with nettle cordial from just down the road, and gin from west London distillery Sipsmith. Our ingredient-led meal kicked off with a light and airy cheese puff (gougère), made with goat’s cheese from a small Somerset producer, to accompany a soup of short-season wild garlic and goat’s milk foam. Equally memorable was the wood-pigeon wellington (eating from the wild is a big deal here), which saw an unapologetically gamey and full-flavoured slice of meat wrapped in a sublime buttery pastry and served with a rich purée of burnt onion.

Ales and ciders are British too – only the excellent and sensibly priced wine list (kicking off with English sparkling wine) roams further afield. Staff are refreshingly gregarious, while owner Joe Lambert is on first-name terms with many of the regulars. Bargain-hunters take note: the midweek set menu (£17/£20 for two/three courses) is an absolute steal.



Venue name: Lamberts
Address: 2 Station Parade, Balham High Road
SW12 9AZ
Opening hours: Lunch served 12.30-2.30pm, dinner served 6-10.30pm Tue-Sat. Meals served noon-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Balham
Price: Main courses £12-£22. Set dinner (Tue-Thur) £17 2 courses, £20 3 courses. Set meal (Sun) £20 2 courses, £24 3 courses
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