Streatham definitely isn’t a foodie destination. Nor is it’s close relative St Reatham, although it may sound more likely. However, if you look hard enough you will always find a few hidden gems and The Manor Arms is one of these. It’s a huge, but very cosy, pub just off the high road.
I can recommend the Sunday lunch and also the mid week fixed price menu – both very tasty and good value. This Friday I went for the full priced menu and although it is a little bit pricey I think it’s a good choice for someone wanting good quality gastro pub food in this part of South London. Always a solid 8/10.
The menu was fairly traditional but also included some more adventurous options such as snails and monkfish cheeks
I started with confit rabbit. I can’t tell you exactly what it came with but I can tell you that it was delicious. Much paler than I expected and much more flavoursome. There was a smoked anchovy involved which really made the dish and also some chicory with a tart salad dressing that added a nice but of contrast. Yummy!
The rabbit was popular, three of us went for it. The others went for snails or scallops with black pudding, both of which had very good reviews.
For main course I went for cod. Again I can’t quite remember every item that was on the plate but it came with salsify, bacon and a killer truffle sauce. The cod was big and juicy and absolutely the star of the show. The whole thing was a real treat.
Others went for a very tasty looking chicken, potato and leek pie, which was served with cabbage or liver and bacon served with devilled potatoes. Again both delicious, so I was told.
Finally, one of my favourite deserts, sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream. Followed by a taste of someone else’s cheese. What more could you ask for?!
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