A Dairy, a Manor and now a Garage

If all dairies were this good, we’d happily milk cows all day! We cannot rave enough about The Dairy in Clapham Common. For those of you who have tried it, you’ll know exactly what we are talking about and for those who haven’t; well you are seriously missing out!

Robin and Sarah Gill opened The Dairy in Clapham Common in 2013 and have been fully booked for most of the past two years. Why, you ask, what makes it so special?

The décor:

There is nothing fancy about The Dairy; in fact, from the modest exterior you really wouldn’t guess that this is one of London’s finest foodie handouts. Until you look a little closer and realise that every single reclaimed table and chair is full and you can’t get a booking unless you plan way in advance. Despite the minimalist décor, there is a very cosy candlelit atmosphere that sets you right at ease.

The hospitality staff:

If you are lucky enough to secure a reservation, you’ll find yourself mesmerised by the window style pass that offers an insight into the life of those in chef jobs at The Dairy. Every course is plated with meticulous precision and once you take that first mouthful, you can actually taste the care that has gone into producing every single dish. The waiting staff are friendly, knowledgeable and attentive and we especially love that the chefs come over to the table to explain each course.

The food:

The Dairy’s menu is ever changing as they focus heavily on seasonal produce; they even grow their own vegetables and herbs on the roof and have beehives to supply their restaurant with fresh honey. We had the pleasure of enjoying the following a menu:

  • Sourdough, smoked bone marrow butter, chicken liver mousse, cellar salumi
  • Chicken oyster, crispy skin, cellar kimchi, Cime de rapa
  • The Dairy’s smoked trout, Jersey Pearl potato, sorrel, radish
  • 55 day aged Bavette, comte, artichoke, onion treacle
  • Truffled Brie de Meaux on fig & walnut toast, rooftop honey
  • Gariguette strawberries, cultured cream, shortbread, rooftop mint

The future:

Luckily for us, Rob hasn’t stopped since opening The Dairy. In 2014 he opened The Manor, appointing Dean Parker for the head chef job in this modern bistro. Following a similar philosophy to The Dairy, you can expect the food to be equally as exciting.

The Delicatessen is another rung in their ladder where all produce is baked, cured, smoked, pickled or bottled on site.

And last but not least… they will be opening up a new haunt in Bethnal Green, Paradise Garage. Tucked underneath a railway arch, Simon Woodrow will be taking up the head chef job accompanied by Kira Ghidoni in the pastry chef job. The décor is set to be open planned with seats available on the pass. We love the idea of being able to interact with all those in chef jobs at Paradise Garage.

What’s on the menu:

  • Barbequed sardines, sea greens, tomato & horseradish
  • Lamb rump, sweetbreads, summer cabbage, peas & marjoram
  • Beer Salumi by Simon Woodrow
  • A “picnic” style rabbit feast for the table, expect a roasted saddle, confit leg, turnover & offal, belly scratchings and seasonal vegetables

If you are interested in chef jobs in Clapham, get in touch with Change Hospitality Recruitment agency today. We handle chef recruitment for all types of restaurants as well as various types of luxury organisations across the Capital.