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Metro Garden Restaurant information

The Metro Garden Restaurant is an intimate and cosy venue with a wide selection of Modern European dishes available across its menu.

Ranked #991 of 5241 restaurants in London
"A magical surrounding to eat, drink, relax and celebrate; anything from a romantic dinner for two to a wedding celebration for 80, to a champagne reception for 120. The gardens have a very rustic feel and are nestled in between the beautiful St Mary’s church and the monastery, the amazing stained glass window creates a splendid back drop. The Metro’s Gardens are a truly unique and perfect venue to play host to your celebration. Our packages give you an idea of what we offer to make your day extra special and to suit all budgets."

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MON

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TUE

18:00 - 23:00

WED

18:00 - 23:00

THU

18:00 - 23:00

FRI

18:00 - 23:00

SAT

18:00 - 23:00

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12:00 - 17:00

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Metro Garden Restaurant reviews



By Vladimira D.

It was my birthday yesterday and I went there with some friends. I was supposed to get a free bday cocktail but I received the voucher quite late that afternoon after we already had lunch at the venue. We were charged for bread which we actually did not have on our table and the service charge was too much considering the fact that we had to wait for someone to find us a table inside during not that busy day. Quite disappointed, would not recommend.


By Judy W.

I had to organise a venue for our mum's 75th birthday that was child-friendly, suited different budgets, and had a relaxed atmosphere - The Metro ticked all the boxes and more. They created a children's menu especially for the occasion, created an area for the children to play in the relaxed garden area, supplied milk for the babies' bottles - in short, nothing was too much trouble. The staff were wonderful - friendly, helpful and patient. We were a large party with grandchildren and great grandchildren plus guests and we were all looked after really well. The only slight hitch was that we had requested 3 highchairs before the day and there was only 1 available but we managed and it didn't spoil the day at all. I had the Caesar salad (mainly because I ate too many of the delicious canapés beforehand) which was lovely. Other members of the family gave varied reviews of their meals but the overall feedback was good. Everyone said they would definitely go back and I would not hesitate to recommend it. Judy Williams,27th August 2013


By Harriet J.

Held a party at Metro last Saturday & couldn't have been happier with our choice of venue. The staff were incredibly friendly, attentive & accommodating and had made the venue look fantastic, letting us have the whole garden to ourselves & sending up a private marquee in case of bad weather. The food was great & the wine kept on coming! The price was very fair, and no hire charge and a much lower minimum than most places in the area, made it a reasonable evening. I'd definitely recommend Metro for a party, special occasion or indeed any other time when you want great food in nice surroundings.


By Michael C.

Went to Metro on Sunday for the roast. I had a fantastic time, the service was fantastic and everything was taken care of. I took my girlfriend there and we were lucky to get one the tables round the back. Metro serve one the very best Roasts in Clapham. The food is perfectly cooked and very well presented, one thing I also noticed was that they had a very good wine list to go with the menu. In the evening they turned on the fairy lights and it feels like your on holiday in Spain, its a very romantic setting, perfect for a dinner date! Highly recommended. Tom


By Antony M.

I moved to clapham in the new year and Metro was on my list to visit due to the tempting allure of the place and friends recommendations. I attended with a fussy girlfriend in tow and had a most wonderful time. Service was good friendly and in detail. The wine list was varied and the food delicious. We sat in the magical fairy lit garden and for a moment i was whisked away to my favorite restaurant in Sardinia.. My normally fussy girlfriend smiled all night...thank-you for the experience..


By Simon S.

Awarded the Five Stars for the Sunday roast alone. It really is the best I have had in my five years in London (for around about a tenner anyway). The female staff are always very friendly and chatty and it has a nice cosy atmosphere. It always seems a bit criminally empty though. It is definitely worth going for the roast, you certainly won't have better in Clapham.


By Bill B.

This intimate south London stalwart has long enjoyed a loyal following. On a balmy summer’s night, sitting out back under a marquee amid potted geraniums, creepers and twinkling lights is undeniably a delight. Some say it’s less fun in the chill of February and, at any time of year, it’s a pity the cooking can’t be pushed up a notch.

The Venue
At the front, there’s a tiny bar with squashy sofas (so squashy, in fact, your derriere very nearly connects with the floor) where you can enjoy an aperitif whilst gazing out at the Common across the road. Next comes a dining area of church pews, then a rear conservatory, then a sizeable marquee in the garden and, finally, a few tables fully exposed to the elements. Metro has recently acquired next door’s garden, too, which is mainly used by drinkers and smokers at present but provides scope to extend the dining covers still further.

The Atmosphere
This is unmistakeably a venue for summer. No one could fail to be enchanted as dusk falls and the fairy lights are turned on. Relaxed, casual and perfectly civilised Clapham-ites pack out the place. In winter, though, it’s a different story and it can get jolly chilly despite portable heaters dotted about. Service is friendly (apart from one waiter who seems terribly embarrassed to be there) and generally efficient but not without errors.

The Food
The menu features what we have come to know as modern British food, i.e. traditional ingredients with influences from all over the world thrown in. There are five starters, three main-course salads, four pizza breads, seven mains proper, four sides, and five puds or cheese. There is also a specials board of three starters and three mains. Butter and four different breads are offered, all of them acceptable rather than outstanding. For this, £1 per two diners is added to your bill. Is it really worth Metro’s while to recoup such a small sum? 50p a head could and should be ‘lost’ elsewhere to avoid appearing so parsimonious.

Salt and pepper squid with a chilli and roasted garlic mayo (£6.25) isn’t a bad start. The squid walks the line between tender and chewy and possesses a chilli kick, whilst the mayo is agreeably sweet, and there are pleasantly dressed leaves. Pan-fried garlic king prawns on pickled ginger and cucumber salad (£8.70) isn’t quite so successful. The four large crustaceans arrive in their shells so surely a finger bowl should be provided. The meat is delicious but a bit soft – thirty seconds less in the pan might have been better. The cucumber ‘spaghetti’ and ginger are refreshing, but there also appears to be some unadvertised and rather aggressive chilli sauce.

From the specials board, duck breast with mash and Madeira jus (£15.95) is a dreary affair. The duck is tender and perfectly cooked if you don’t like even a trace of pink in the middle. The jus is fine but there’s not enough of it, and the mash is dry. Orange, apple or cherry sauce, for example, would have made all the difference, or they could have done something interesting with the mash. Slow roast pork belly with black pudding mash and apple sauce (£13.50) is a big cube of tender meat and faultless crackling. Again, double the amount of gravy would help. The apple sauce and specks of black pudding in the potato point up what was missing from the duck dish. A side of broccoli (£2.90) could be both a tad hotter and more al dente.

All five desserts are £5.20 whilst the cheeseboard is an eyebrow-raising £10.45. Sticky toffee pudding with a scoop of perfectly okay vanilla ice cream is a light and polite example of the genre. The ice cream selection is confined to chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut, whilst the sole sorbet is raspberry. Scoops of chocolate, hazelnut and raspberry are ordered but vanilla ice cream comes instead of the raspberry sorbet. The hazelnut is the best of the bunch with a deep nutty flavour. A few crunchy ice crystals lurk within the chocolate.

The Drink
The global wine list features three sparklers including a pink, five still roses, 11 whites and 16 reds. House white and red are £15.50 whilst the priciest bottle on the list is a relatively modest £51.75. Commendably, there’s plenty available by both the 175ml and 250ml glass. Sauvignon Blanc Sierra Grande, Chille 2009 (£4.80/£6.25/£17.35) is light and lemony and arrives correctly chilled. Pinot Grigio Mirabellow, Pavia, Italy 2009 exudes zingy freshness and quality. It is rather oddly priced, though, at £4.80/£6.25/£19.20 making it dearer to buy a bottle than three large (third of a bottle each) glasses. El Tesoro, Malbec Shiraz, Argentina 2009 (£4.50/£6.05/£17.60) is a smooth, substantial, red-fruit-packed pleasure. Merlot Tierra Alta, Chile, 2009 (£4.60/£6.25/£18.40), meanwhile, is tickly, spicy, slightly smoky and totally yummy.

The Last Word
At around £40 for three courses and half a bottle of modest wine (not forgetting that pesky 50p for the bread), dinner at Metro offers fair value for money. The setting is enchanting on a warm evening and, clearly, countless locals have taken it to their hearts. It might not be such fun in the depths of a British winter, however, and, at any time of the year, a few tweaks in the kitchen could make a big difference.

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