3 weeks ago
Taco Tuesday is soooo last week. It’s all about pie night Tuesday now. Ok, it’s maybe not as catchy, but it is equally delicious.
Tucked away at the very top of Clapham Old Town is The Pig’s Head. This place is special, you’ve probably heard of it. It’s independent, carbon-neutral (the first in Clapham and one of a small handful of restaurants in London that have managed it) and is arguably serving up some of the best food in SW4. We’ve raved and written about it on multiple occasions for good reason- it’s a proper gem and we are constantly revisiting. Their usual menu is fantastic, but on Tuesdays they are mixing things up a bit with their ‘pie night’. They’ve got artisanal pies just in time to jazz up a usually ‘meh’ day of the week.
Beyond their classic red and white striped entrance you’ll find the candle-lit pub. It has quite a grand interior with feature columns across the dining room, big (up cycled!) feature lights and a gorgeous bar. Despite its lofty ceilings and spacious setting it manages to feel welcoming and has a friendly neighbourhood-homely atmosphere. The chatty staff and personal touches- like homemade pickles on display in jars and the menu scribbles on a big chalkboard- all make up the charm of this place. It’s as much of a reason to visit as the food.
And the food is really worth a visit. The pie menu changes every week but they’ve always kept up with the high standard of food at The Pig’s Head, we can pretty much guarantee they’ll be good. We went for two of their specials, the fish pie and the chicken pie. The fish pie was heavenly. It was done in the classic style and came with a buttery mash on top. Sometimes the texture of a fish pie can be a bit too mushy for us, but we loved the tender pieces of fish and some chunkier vegetables to sink our teeth into. It was exactly the kind of warming, stick-to-your-ribs kind of food that winter deserves.
It’s a tough job to make a pie look pretty, but the presentation of the chicken pie was spectacular. The puff pastry crust wrapped around the pie pot and was topped with roasted carrots along with some pickled red cabbage (which really cut through the richness of the meal) and mash on the side. This is a regular on the menu and comes as a whopping portion for 2 to share, but if you’re really really hungry (like we were) it only needs 1 person to take down. It’s worth the food coma afterwards. Creamy, hearty, perfect. When you order a pie you’ll be asked which sauce you’d like to accompany your main; mint, horseradish or English mustard. Naturally we went for all 3 and recommend you do the same. They get dolloped onto the side of your plate and add a little extra zing to the food.
The Pig’s Head are really showing up for Tuesdays. Change the narrative for the ‘boring’ day of the week and get involved in pie night. You won’t regret it.