Bistro Union


By Laura Nickoll

Chef and restaurateur Adam Byatt of acclaimed restaurant Trinity launched this casual, cheerful British bistro in leafy Clapham in 2012 with his same exacting standards, and patrons alike have raved about it ever since. Open all week for lunch and dinner, and from 9:30am on Fri, Sat, Sun for brunch, its popular menu coalesces comfort food, retro classics and influences from further afield to pleasing effect.

What to eat? Their take on prawn cocktail or Cornish mussels cooked in perry, or squash soup might start things off, and a light curry of slow-cooked chicken thighs, organic fish pie, steak, veal liver, roast wood pigeon and toad in the hole may follow. Brunch delivers staple fare including a fry-up for £11, pancakes, smashed avocado, kedgeree and a Big Breakfast Baguette.

Pipsqueak tip The children’s menu (free between 5:30 and 6:30pm with an adult main course) is an appealing roster of breaded plaice or steak and chips, pigs in blankets, or potato dumplings with tomato sauce, washed down perhaps with homemade lemonade. A starter of carrots and cucumber with sour cream and herbs is arguably less compelling – tell us how it goes down with your little ones.