Bistro Union, Clapham

Last Saturday I had the most wonderful day with my friend Gaby. We met at Bistro Union in Clapham and had a fab lunch, when looked in a few shops on the way to the V&A for the Ballgowns exhibition.

Bistro Union is situated on the very cosy street, Abbeville Road in Clapham, and it is run by the team behind Trinity (often mentioned on this blog) and head chef Adam Byatt. Both Gaby and I had high expectations, but were seriously impressed.

The interior is simple with lots of old details and we found it very charming. The menu looks like an old school notebook and offers fabulous treats for not much money at all. We decided to try quite a few of the snacks to make up our meal but we are definitely coming back for a full three-course meal.

Lovely flavours in the chicken liver paté with toast.

The best sausage puffs we’ve both had, and I’m usually not even that keen on English sausages. Which says a lot.

Asparagus served with hazelnut sauce and savoury creme. An unusual but welcome combination of flavours.

The pickled mackrell with onions, sour cream and chives took me back to Sweden for a moment – delicious.

Ham terrine with homemade piccalill. I liked the terrine but the piccalilli was rather too sharp and overpowered the pork.

Rabbit and pea spread. The slight sweetness of both rabbit and green peas really worked together.

The couple at the table next to us were really enjoying their icecream so I had to try it too. This is honeycomb icecream (divine), served in a jar.

Gaby and I both really enjoyed Bistro Union and we will definitely be back soon. The food was gorgeous and we liked all the little details in presentation. It is probably the most recession-friendly restaurant for its guests too, as the prices are very modest without compromising on the produce. To illustrate this, I can tell you that our bill came to only £39 for the two of us, including everything above, a soft drink, a glass of wine, a coffee and service charge. Seriously good value for money.

Bistro Union

40 Abbeville Road


London SW4 9NG

Tel: 0207 042 6400