A modern makeover has given a new lease of life to this old coaching inn. The Horse & Groom is a relaxed and welcoming country pub, where you’ll feel right at home as soon as you step in off Clapham’s High Street.
The main dining area – once the old external coach house – is a sight to behold. Dramatically high ceilings featuring exposed beams and brickwork provide an apt setting for the elegant food served. Our starters set the tone for the rest of the meal. Cock-a-leekie and smoked Cheddar tart served with an endive salad and mustard dressing, and sweetcorn and chive fritters, which came with a poached hen’s egg, both proved to be packed full of fresh flavour and left us looking forward to the main event.
I opted for a steak main course. Diners have the choice of sirloin, fillet or rib-eye and, on our waitress’ recommendation, I plumped for the rib-eye and was not disappointed. The meat was perfectly chargrilled on the outside and deliciously rosy pink when I sliced into it – just the medium-rare I had asked for – and it simply melted in the mouth. My dining partner sampled spit-roasted chicken seasoned and basted in garlic, lemon zest and thyme, making for a juicy and delicious dish. Dessert was to satisfy my chocolate craving. The chocolate delice comprised three squares of intense chocolate on a brownie base, served on a slate with Chantilly cream and raspberry sorbet – simply divine.