Constant attention to detail has seen Adam Byatt’s flagship remain a leading light of South London’s dining scene
Chef Adam Byatt’s flagship opened in 2006 but has remained a relevant player on London’s eating out scene thanks to his impressive attention to detail and desire to keep evolving.
Located in the heart of Clapham Old Town, the restaurant’s ambience is one of low-key, grown-up luxury, with parquet flooring, comfortable chairs and a bar to the rear backing onto a semi-open kitchen.
Byatt and his brigade cook dishes that strike an equitable balance between the classic and the contemporary. Byatt has an enviable grounding in classic French cookery thanks to spells at Claridge’s under John Williams and The Square under Phil Howard, but now combines this with a British spin in most dishes. There’s no tasting menu, but Byatt takes the unusual decision to offer his guests the option of four courses (three savoury and one sweet) for an eminently reasonable £70.
Must-try dishes from the à la carte include beef tartare, pickled mushrooms, smoked bone marrow, oscietra caviar; crispy pig’s trotters, sauce gribiche and crackling; and crisp pork jowl, wild garlic, asparagus, turnip and apple.
Service is on point and the 450-bin wine list is beautifully put together with a focus on Bordeaux and Burgundy, which complement Byatt’s richly flavoured cooking. While Trinity is far from a fancy pants affair, those after something a little more everyday should head either to Upstairs at Trinity – which is where the name suggests – or to Byatt’s Bistro Union, just down the road in Clapham’s Abbeville area.