The Pavement Cafe and Bistro, Clapham Common, SW4

This tiny little café and bistro on Clapham’s bustling Pavement is a very popular local restaurant. They are always bursting at the seams at weekend breakfast sittings and there’s a steady stream of people coming and going throughout the day. My latest visit was on a Thursday evening when The Pavement turns from café to bistro. They serve good British food in a friendly environment. The icing on the cake is that it’s a BYO so it ends up being pretty easy on the wallet too.

The small wooden tables and chairs are quite close together, but it doesn’t feel cramped. There is also a downstairs seating area that was closed on our visit, that is apparently very cosy (in a good way).

The menu is quite traditional and includes starters of goats cheese tart and mushrooms on toast, and main courses like sausage and mash and slow roasted pork belly. We arrived relatively late so just opted for main courses. The sirloin steak was cooked medium rare as ordered and came with chunky homemade chips and a grilled tomato. It was a generous portion so seemed good value at £12.85. The Norfolk duck breast was similarly well-cooked and came with an absolutely delicious braised red cabbage that was perfectly spiced and still had a good bite to it. The duck was £10.95. Most other main course options are below £10. We enjoyed the fact that they mention on their menu that all the meat is free range and organic, and comes from one particular butcher that happens to be three doors down!

The menu also offers puddings and cheese. We saw sticky toffee pudding going to the table next to us which was accompanied by a dreamy waft of treacle. Definitely one to leave room for next time.


Really nice atmosphere good

Really nice atmosphere good food helpful staff definitely go back great veggie breaky