Bistro Union

Bistro Union

| South London

Adam Byatt and ex St John Bread and Wine chef Karl Goward have launched this neighbourhood bistro with a strong focus on British food. We particularly like the idea that you can buy spirits and store them on site for future visits.

Restaurant details

40 Abbeville Road, Clapham, London SW14 9NG
Nearest station: Clapham South
Telephone number: 020 7042 6400

Opening times: Monday to Friday Lunch 12noon to 2.45pm
Monday to Saturday Dinner 6pm – 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday Brunch/Lunch 11am to 12.30pm

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40 Abbeville Road, Clapham, London SW14 9NG


Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10

Critics' score: 6
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on June 25, 2012
"It's fun but it's patchy." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5
Chris Pople Cheese & Biscuits
Reviewed by June 11, 2012
"...there was just something about the overall idea of Bistro Union that didn't quite work - from the try-hard ever-so-English menu that seemed to constrain and annoy instead of provide focus, to the oversimplified dishes that were probably aiming for unpretentious but ended up looking spartan and unfinished." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on June 06, 2012
"...I’m besotted with the sausage and sage puffs, as posh as pithiviers, and could have happily eaten these all night. In fact, I reckon propping up the bar with a constant stream of the excellent bar snacks is the way to go." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
John Lanchester Guardian Estimated score
Reviewed on March 23, 2012
"If the pace of Bistro Union were to pick up a little, and the kitchen does its best work more of the time, this place will be a real boon for its neighbourhood, but it hasn't yet hit its stride." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on February 28, 2012
"...bar food such as the 'fish finger sarnie' are part of making sure customers don't feel intimidated - and it works. But the Hix-ish menu shows the same sort of attention to detail you find at Trinity (where they even make their own butter)." READ REVIEW