My mum lives in Scotland and comes to visit on a regular basis – our guest bedroom is even referred to as “Gran’s room” by the five-year-old. She’s currently down for a long weekend with us and since it’s a few days before Mother’s Day, we went out for an early Mother’s Day lunch. We headed to No.32 The Old Town in Clapham – a bustling independent bar and restaurant near Clapham Common. Mr P and I actually passed this place a few months ago, as we went to meet some friends in another pub and we commented on how nice it looked.
On Saturday, it was filled with 20 and 30 somethings having brunch, catching up with each other and nursing hangovers. The atmosphere was buzzy – if a little loud for my hard-of-hearing mum. I loved the decor of the place – a vintage feel with touches of modern. Upstairs, there’s a cosy area with log fire, armchairs and table football.
It was really hard to decide between the brunch menu – which had the usual selection of eggs benedict and pancakes – and the lunch menu – which has everything from steak to salads – so we thought it would be wise to order one of their brunch cocktails (a bellini) and some crostini while we decided. The crostini were delicious – my favourite being the crab, avocado and lime topping.
The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, chatting us through the menu and helping us decide what to have. Both my mum and I went for a burger (veggie for her, as she doesn’t eat meat) and I was urged to have blue cheese and bacon on my burger by the assistant manager! And it was fantastic. Packed with flavour and such a great homemade burger.
We also ordered some more cocktails and some mac and cheese and fries on the side. Well, it’s a special occasion, right?
After all that, we were stuffed. So we didn’t have dessert. Ahh only kidding! We managed to squeeze in another course (somehow) with me going for mango panna cotta and my mum going for the cheeseboard.
It felt like we actually rolled out of the place and back home! We were so full! My mum loved her early Mother’s Day lunch – she raved about the food (and cocktails!) to Mr P when we got back home. So I call that a huge success.
Massive thanks to No32 The Old Town for inviting us along to test out their menu. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine. No32 The Old Town is at 32 The Pavement, London, SW4 0JE. To book Mother’s Day lunch at No.32 The Old Town, check out their website or call 020 3535 0910.