After a rather entertaining Friday night in Clapham a month ago, a friend and I felt the need for a hearty pub lunch. We chose to walk the taxing 200-metre journey from where we were staying to The Railway Tavern (18 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UR).
There are tables outside, perfect for people-watching when the sun is out but on this stereotypically rainy, British day we opted for the warmer option. Inside has a very quirky, art deco look, which I love. There is a vintage feel about the furniture with many mismatched retro/antique-looking tables and chairs both downstairs and upstairs. From my first experience here I have decided that it is, in my mind, the ultimate place to eat out for a relaxed weekend brunch. They serve great gastro pub grub at extremely good prices and as an added bonus they have board games aplenty – perfect for an afternoon of recreating childhood memories with your friends. To eat, I had a delicious meal of Gloucester Old Spot sausages, mash made of cabbage and potato mixed together and a red wine gravy. WOW! I can honestly say that it was definitely the tastiest sausage & mash that I have ever had. I have to get my hands on some of those Old Spots!
I returned to The Railway this weekend (Sunday 6th May) but unfortunately my favourite S&M dish was nowhere to be seen on the menu. I have since discovered that this was because we were looking just at the Sunday Menu, so I need to return on another day of the week to enjoy my new foodie obsession of Gloucester Old Spot sausages. On this second visit, to replenish my body after a big 1940s themed night at the Blitz Party in Shoreditch, I chose their gourmet burger. It was giant; one of those that needed a thick wooden cocktail stick to keep it all together. Crispy streaky bacon, lettuce, mayo, a slice of chunky beef , oozing cheddar cheese and a crispy white bap made up this gem of a burger. It went down a treat and was only £9.75!
This time we made the most of the board games on offer and so our food was accompanied by an epic game of Cranium. One table next to us braved The Game of Life with a bit of Scrabble on the side; they were either Railway Tavern veterans or maybe just a tad over ambitious. Nevertheless, it seems that good pub food with board games on the side is a popular combination.
So, if you are looking for somewhere to go for brunch the morning after an eventful night out then The Railway Tavern near Clapham North station is the place to go. I have two visits under my belt and have loved them both but my relationship with this place, and in particular the Gloucester Old Spot sausages, has only just begun…
By Lizzie Scanlan