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Clapham's Trinity Restaurant is a modern venue found over two floors offering a variety of British dishes. The ground floor offering stays true to Byatt's style of cooking, focusing on his take on great classics.
< At Upstairs expect a select choice of small dishes that change on a daily basis. Sample dishes may include roast chestnut salad; crab thermidor; and quince and cardamom granita.

Trinity boasts an impressive choice of wines with 400 bins, as well as a full selection of aperitifs, cocktails, spirits and digestifs.

Ranked #532 of 5241 restaurants in London

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

12:30 - 14:30, 18:30 - 22:00

TUE

12:30 - 14:30, 18:30 - 22:00

WED

12:30 - 14:30, 18:30 - 22:00

THU

12:30 - 14:30, 18:30 - 22:00

FRI

12:30 - 14:30, 18:30 - 22:00

SAT

12:30 - 14:30, 18:30 - 22:00

SUN

12:00 - 14:30, 19:00 - 21:00

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By Andrew M.

The fixed price menu at Trinity Restaurant has a sensible but not overwhelming choice of starters, mains and puddings. Familiar Sunday favourites sit alongside more adventurous choices and vegetarians options. I opted for a starter of game rillettes with red wine and pears. The rillettes arrived in their own kilner jar, enticing and at least enough for a family of four. It is sometimes hard to avoid a rather greasy aftertaste with rillettes but these were superb.

For my main I went for the sea bream which was perfect with a crisp skin but juicy fish underneath. The accompanying baby squid was soft and tender. The Trinity Restaurant mango posset was intensely flavoured. It did not need its covering of cream, perhaps a separate jug might have been a better idea.


By Tim C.

I am also shocked at the quality of reviews on this site. I have been to Trinity a number of times and regularly continue to do so. Value for money, this restaurant is excellent! £20 for three courses is amazing. The restaurant itself is lovely, the food good and the wine list equally good. If you want a very expensive Michelin meal, this is not the place. Equally if you want cheap food and moan about the price this is also not the place for you. However, if you want great food at a very reasonable place I can whole heartedly recommend Trinity!


By Chris A.

I cannot believe some of the comments posted previously on this site.

In an area where restaurants are only too happy to open up, serve up the ingredients of the moment with barely average competence, and disappear within 12 months, Trinity is a fine dining experience to be savoured.

To be charged £2pp for bread and unlimited water is a treat. I suspect a couple of dough balls and a glass of acqua in a pizzeria would cost you more.

Staff were friendly but unobtrusive, food was as good as I have eaten anywhere, and with wine from £17 a bottle, you could certainly keep costs down if you want.

I personally wouldn't take the views of anyone who compares a proper restaurant to Wetherspoon as a yardstick - even admitting to eating in the ubiquitous chain should be reason enough to ignore any sort of culinary assessment.

Carry on Trinity - just don't go running off to the West End!!


By Lisa Y.

Having visited Trinity restaurant in Clapham last night we are still suffering from the massive detrimental after effects.

Lets start at the beginning.The service: Fairly abrupt, awkward and pretentious with the exception of one French girl who dared to be friendly.

The starter: We ordered the foie gras. Having lived for years in France, it was a poor imitation of the real thing. It was undercooked, tasteless, liquidous and came in a large jar-like container with a baby spoon.

Foie gras is solid, always eaten in slices, has taste, rock salt and some kind of flavouring such as Armagnac.The main: One of my favourite dishes is the SW France speciality, cassoulet.

In a traditional cassoulet the beans need to be soaked for a significant amount of time to avoid ill after effects when the beans ferment in your stomach. The beans at Trinity were practically raw.

The meat usually involves duck and at least some confit de canard. Here we were given a super fatty solid chunk of pork belly, a tasteless sausage (certainly not of the Toulouse variety) and no flavour of any kind.

There was also cheese grated on top for some reason and the overall taste was inferior to the tins of cassoulet I have at home. The resulting effects have made us comtemplate moving flat and evacuating the local area.

The dessert: A Pavlova not designed for those with weak dentures. The merangue needed a chainsaw to hack it apart and was practically inedible.

The passion fruit ice cream was microscopic and there was some instant whipped cream hidden in between somewhere. The wine: At £25 a bottle one would expect something better than a screw cap white that tasted like Tesco's own brand.

Now the piece de resistence...The bill: This lovely meal cost around £35 a head including the delightful service, the cheap vino, the inedible desert...


By P B.

you must either work for a competitive restuarant or have been turned down for a job at Trinity or perhaps you simply have a chip on your shoulder because you can not afford to pay more than 5.99 a meal and expect a pint of lager to go with it.

Go back to Lincoln, your review could not be further from the truththe staff at Triniyt are attentive and this can seem pushy but I have never had them ignore a request to back off a little the food I have eaten there has always been exceptional although it can be rich and perhaps your palette isn't sophisticated enough for that?


By Theresa H.

The food here is good but NOT worth the pushy used-car salesman type tactics the staff uses to make your bill as high as possible.

There is a £2 "cover charge" for bread and water. I saw management come over to "argue" with an older couple sitting next to us because they decided to share their meals. There are very few healthy options.

Even the dishes that sound healthy... are not.My husband and I made a reservation because the website advertises a pre-fixe menu but we made the mistake of not explicitly saying we wanted the set menu. Fair enough because it does ask you to quote the deal when booking.

The waitress told us that we could not have that menu. Two reason were that it is a cheaper menu and because they would not have the food.

We insisted on having that menu, anyway... reluctantly and with an attitude, they gave it to us and the only food they did not have was some yoghurt dessert.

To top it off, the waitress didn't know anything about the wines we asked about but pretended to anyway. She recommended a dry wine but it was the furthest thing from dry. Just admit to not knowing... don't pretend.


By Not T.

i visited trinity just before christmas with a friend who had been recommended it. i have to say right away, this was almost certainly the single worst dining experience of my life.

every single aspect of it was truly, woefully awful. i can only guess that the extremely monied-looking crowd of diners were either served entirely different food to us relative scruffs, or that they had no conception that what they were consuming was so bad.

really, really bad. my starter (pigs cheeks) was just about ok, but i was trying to be positive at this point.

my companion had the wood pigeon which was, apparently, quite unpleasant. my main was quite simply revolting - it was served with a broth which was horribly greasy, so much so that the slight taste of it that i had left me feeling physically sick afterwards.

i have an iron constitution by the way. service was shockingly bad too. our waitress seemed to be suffering from acute obsessive compulsive disorder, was constantly hovering around nervously before diving in to refill our glasses.

after a while we asked her please to let us do it ourselves, we were fine thanks, and she seemed to take this as an insult, before shortly continuing to do the same thing anyway.

my friend had to put her hand over her wine glass to stop her. she also brought a neverending supply of bottled mineral water and bread, quite unasked for, for which we were charged an astounding amount.

i can't possibly explain how terrible this place is. it is frighteningly expensive and has precisely no redeeming features.

it is absolutely no exaggeration to say that the food is better in wetherspoons. in fact, it is much better.


By Rosemary B.

march 09

Very disappointing meal, will never return. Advertise fixed price menu, what you are not told is that the meat and fish portions are barely 2 mouthfuls.

Service slow and poor, having been asked whether we would like more bread, no one bothered to bring it.


By ADELE S.

My fella and I went to Trinity for the set Sunday Lunch, and at £25 for 3 courses, proved to be EXCEPTIONAL value for money. The menu was varied and all courses were hearty and sublime. The experience was only let down by the standard of service and hygiene (wobbly table, dirty cutlery and dark toilets) which we felt were below par for a restaurant of this calibre.


By Ailie M.

I have now been to Trinity in Clapham twice. My first visit was a grown-up lunch for six at the tail-end of the summer. On that occasion, the food was very good, but the kitchen service patchy: as an example, we had a duck salad turn up at the table sans duck. Pretty feeble in a restaurant not even half full.

My second trip to Trinity was a few weeks ago and was a family gathering of four children and five adults for Sunday lunch.
Although there were other children in the restaurant, I wouldn't recommend bringing them here. It's not an oppressive anti-child environment by any means, on the contrary, all of the waiting staff were very good with them, but the menu is incredibly fussy with gastronomic terms overused for the sake of gravitas. It's also the kind of place where they will be bored.

So, the food. Where to begin?
The starters were fairly well received. Most of us had goujons of plaice with tartar sauce, which were enjoyed.
I began with a baby beetroot, duck egg and goats cheese salad, which was ok - reasonable looking but not a taste sensation by any stretch of the imagination.

We all had the roast rib of Anglian beef, which had to be pre-ordered and we were charged a £2 supplement per person for.
I'm not much fussed whether it was Anglian, Australian, or Arabian, it was a very fatty cut and the meat, once dished up onto plates, looked to be very small in portion size. This is true also of the vegetables that came with the main course: roast potatoes, roast parsnips and boiled carrots. We had one bowl of each to pass around a table of nine. By the time we'd served everything onto plates, the meat had turned cold.

As far as I'm concerned, the first rule of a roast dinner is that you can never have too many roast potatoes. There should always be plenty because everyone loves them, don't they?
Trinity didn't seem to understand this. Most of us got two potatoes and three of us had only one


By G.

Four out of Five stars

Adam Byatt's latest restaurant is even better than you'd expect and the full house most nights speaks volumes.

The Venue
Adam Byatt's first restaurant, Thyme, established him as a frontrunner. His latest venture, Trinity which is also in Clapham, raises his reputation even higher. Situated on The Polygon on the south side of Clapham Common, opposite the Holy Trinity Church, the restaurant gets it right in every way, from the decor and staff to the food and drink. The place itself is light and airy, with contrasting dark wooden flooring and well spaced out tables.

The Atmosphere
Trinity attracts Claphamites in their droves interspersed with foodies who clearly feel making the journey across the capital is worth it, and the restaurant buzzes with the diners' excitement and the staff's enthusiasm.

The Food
A celebration of food in its natural state, Trinity lists the dishes on its menu by their main ingredients (Veal–Dill-Gnocchi, for example), which makes a lot of sense. Girolles-Parmesan–Quail is a girolles tarte which offsets the rich, golden coloured mushrooms and their apricot aroma, with the saltiness of the parmesan. It's accompanied by a warm quail salad dressed in celeriac vinaigrette.

Main dishes include a slow-cooked fillet of seabass with a lovely shiny ragout of ceps, hazelnuts, crosnes and frothy Jerusalem artichoke soup. The succulent dish of pink veal is rustically served with sweetbreads, tongue and loin. To finish, try the bitter chocolate pannacotta with blood orange foam and raspberry flakes.

The Drink
The wine list is refreshingly European in this age of seeming devotion to all wines, New World. Bottles range in price from £11.50 for a carafe to £100 for a bottle of the Domaine Hubert de Montille 2001 Pommard Premier Cru. A 2002 vintage rose, the Syrah-based Les Clos De Paulilles, is discreet and pacific, but a good, arguably more dependable choice is the red Beneventano Aglianico Avellino from deepest southern Italy that comes in at £5 a glass.

The Last Word
The customer is always right and there's a good reason why Trinity is full most nights. A lovely setting, great food and highly personable staff, this is a restaurant where refreshingly you really can't go wrong as long as you remember to book ahead.

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