Sunday Lunch at The Manor

With the exception of the occasional squall, the grey of winter seems to be well and truly behind us.

Strolling out for a relaxed Sunday lunch has become a bit of a treat again.

Blossom is beginning to burst, couples stroll arm in arm through sun filled streets, London is slowly coming back to life.

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Jackets replace heavy coats and pops of spring colour seem determined to leap from your wardrobe and be seen on the streets again.

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Striped jacket (half price, lots of sizes left! More here) // Blue bow shirt

Comfiest jeans in the world

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Lemon print handbag

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Lace up shoes (cheapies – also in black)

Nothing shortens a week like planning a Sunday with friends in advance.

Nothing cements those plans like making a booking.

And I have just the place for your next Sunday lunch in London.

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The Manor.

An unassuming little place in Clapham.

My little brother lived in Clapham for ages and I never visited him, had I known about this place I might have made the trip more often!

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We took a table out back, in a rustic sort of room with higgledy piggledy furniture, bare brick walls and light flooding in from skylights above.

The menus arrived with bread, fresh out of the oven and cold, crisp sparkling wine.

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A butter described only as “savory” was perfect for dunking torn pieces of exceptionally fluffy, warm bread into.

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Crumbs flew all over and we knew to expect something special.

If a restaurant does good bread, you’re in for a treat.

And anywhere that names their cocktails with puns like “Barley Legal” is ok by me.

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You can choose between the tasting menu (a reasonable £45) or a la carte.

We opted for a good range of dishes from the carte.

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Venison tartar.

Tastier than the traditional beef tartar, meatier and dressed in the most delicious salty, rich sauce.

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Cornish crab, Jerusalem artichokes & sea purslane.

A taste of Cornwall. Just beautiful.

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Crispy chicken skins, kimchi & BBQ sauce.

Crispy and soft, all at once. Unlike any chicken skin I’ve ever encountered, almost like very light pork belly strips, but less fatty.

We licked the plate clean!

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Venison, juniper & black pepper salum.

Soft, rich, not in the slightest bit gristly. Perfect little nibbles.

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The Raspberry Crusta turned out to be my tipple of choice.

Remy Martin V.S.O.P., Chase raspberry, maraschino & lemon.

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Our veggie choices arrived at once.

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BBQ cauliflower, Romanesco, dulse & kefir.

I’ve become something of a cauliflower fiend, and this was pretty special.

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Charred leeks, caramelized Comte & wild garlic.

A marvelous taste of spring.

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Fish next.

‘Willy’s’ mackerel, BBQ kohlrabi, rhubarb & oats.

A taste of my childhood; we’d catch mackerel from Welsh fishing boats and fry them up on the beach. All wrapped in towels, sitting around the crackling camp fire with blue lips curved into excited grins.

Well, this was the grown up, fancier version.

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“Lady Hamilton” smoked cod, cultured cream, new potatoes & sorrel.

A work of art, almost too pretty to eat.

Almost.

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Hay smoked pigeon, grains, parsnips, cavolo nero & sloe berry.

Cooked very, very rare and served with clutched claw.

Not for the faint hearted.

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Daphne’s lamb, goat’s curd, roasted swede & charred herb dressing.

Delicious and beautifully pink.

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All polished off with baked Vacherin, The Dairy’s rooftop honey & chestnuts.

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A beautiful, balanced, perfectly flavoured meal, served by the most charming of staff.

The Manor has earned its place on my Sunday lunch list and I’ll certainly be taking lots of friends back.

They’re open during the week too, but check the opening times.

And book a table. There’s an option for big parties, too.

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All fueled up and ready for a Sunday stroll through our newly revived city.

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London is risen!

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  • All those flavours are dream worthy! Love your outfit photos too – makes me feel very happy that summer is on its way!

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  • Michele

    I love your blog Rosie – I hope you continue until you’re a glamorous pensioner! Michele.

  • It all looks so delicious! Don’t know if I could do the pigeon leg though, I’m sure it was yummy but I’m just not a steel-stomached as you Rosie! 🙂

  • I’m completely in agreement on the bread point Rosie. Thanks for sharing.

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  • K

    Hi Rosie,
    I really enjoy reading your blog with my morning coffee, thanks so much for sharing your adventures. A few months ago I noticed the pictures on your blog are very blurry on my I-pad, do you happen to know how to fix this? If not, no problem 🙂 X

  • AHH your outfit and pictures make me so happy for spring and summer and that I am in England to experience it all! xx

  • What a gorgeous way to spend a Sunday! Thanks for taking us along!!! xoxo

  • Mmmm this looks glorious, I am just starting to discover the gems of Clapham. You look beautiful! Immy

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  • Gorgeous photos! The food looks amazing!

  • Getting hungry by reading this post! 🙂 lovely pics! Every time I wonder if I should continue with my own blog, I read yours, and I’m like: YES!! 🙂 thanks for the inspiration!
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  • All of these dishes are almost too pretty to eat! This sounds like the perfect map for a lazy Sunday with friends!

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  • Gorgeous pics, love the jacket on you & the food here looks delicous

    mel x

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  • thunderlegz

    Love your nail color, Rosie! Which pink are you wearing?

  • Kari Guastella

    Everything looks so delicious & that jacket is super cute!
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  • Your jacket is so cute! It looks amazing btw. X
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  • This restaurant looks marvelous! I love all the dishes you ordered and will definitely have to give the place a try when I am in London next (honeymoon, here I come!).

    Your look is just as wonderful! Those shoes are stunners. And totally within my budget which is a little bit more than dangerous given that I’m totally in spring shopping mode right now. But the whole thins is so wonderfully springy! I love it! Truly splendid.

    xoxo,
    Dannie
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  • Looks like the perfect place for an English Sunday lunch. I like Clapham but never been to this place, I must add it to my list! x

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  • Tina

    Does anyone know what (pinkish) nail polish Rosie is wearing? I have been looking everywhere, but I can’t seem to find it mentioned anywhere.

  • Gosh, this made me so hungry! Such beautiful presentation makes for such beautiful photos! Lovely post as always Rosie!

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  • You look so classy and beautiful! love the coat and the hair. And the food looks so delish! Please do save some for me love <3

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  • I just love Robin Gill’s food, my favourite has to be Bethnal Green’s Paradise Garage, but I’m on tenterhooks for the new opening: Counter Culture

  • Haley

    Hi Rosie, I was just wondering why you do not have a Spanish accent? I read that you grew up in Spain, but you speak like a British person. Do you also speak Spanish?

  • Your hair looks so pretty!

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  • Gosh that lunch looks dreamy! Plus I adore your outfit – that jacket is divine!

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  • Alex L

    That last cheese dish looks soooo good. I might just have to go out to buy some cheese to have tonight.

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  • So Beautiful photos!

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  • Ashley Christabelle

    Absolutely love your outfit, very springy but not too much! I really wanna see a cherry blossom tree so bad! Never seen it in my life before. 🙁

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  • Love The Manor, and it’s sister The Dairy! Great little spots in Clapham and as you say very underrated!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

  • Love your outfit Rosie. All that food looks to die for!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Aaaa Spring is finally here and I couldn’t be more happy about it! Love your jacket, it’s so pretty 🙂

  • Claire McCullough

    So uplifting seeing the trees starting to blossom and being able to put on a lighter jacket! Great post.

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  • What a gorgeous meal!

  • Emily H. Harper

    I love everything about your outfit: the jacket, handbag, shoes, and shirt. Looks very beautiful and unique, I want it sooooo badly!

    xoxo – Emily
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  • Ahh have heard so many good things about the Manor – though those plates better be mostly under £10! Andrea xxx

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  • More your shoes and handbag

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  • Ooooh, yum! And I heart your outfit. <3 xo

  • Amazing photos. The food looks so good!!

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