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REVIEW: Aquum, Clapham

REVIEW: Aquum, Clapham

WHAT? Following a huge refurb, lively Aquum‘s serving up a heady mix of potent cocktails and authentic Mediterranean plates inspired by traditions of the Greek Islands.

WHY GO? There’s guaranteed atmosphere here on the weekends, ‘Brunch Club’ offering unlimited Prosecco for £17.50 plus Jenga, Twister, Articulate and even a ball pit to keep you busy.

On Thursday nights there’s a live band and ‘the Sunday social’ attracts legions of young people to nurse their hangovers with more happy hour cocktails and DJs playing house and R’n’B.

BEST DISH: You wouldn’t expect a bar this busy to serve quality food, but the range of large and small dishes is a pleasant surprise. Start with a traditional spinach pie with Greek yoghurt (homemade filo pastry with feta cheese and herbs, £6) or pita bread to soak up the cocktails – the selection of dips is expansive but we opted for old favourites hummus, taramasalata and tzatziki.

For mains, the chicken and mash is warm and comforting (£10), served up with lemon and oregano sauce and glazed baby onions. Chargrilled lamb rump (£12) was stand out, too, alongside smoked aubergine and chickpea puree and tabbouleh salad. Other dishes like the halloumi ‘cocktail’ are more ambitious, dipping sauce served in a martini glass, but we preferred the simplicity of the traditional dishes.

WHERE: Minutes from Clapham North, Clapham Common and Clapham High Street Station, Aquum’s got easy connections from Clapham Junction and central London.

DETAILS: / 68 – 70 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7UL / 020 7627 2726 /

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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