The WC sign you see today next to Clapham Common station boasts a completely contrasting experience to what it would have 100 years ago. Formerly a Victorian public water closet back in the day, the neon sign atop of the black iron gates now illuminate a vastly different meaning - Wine & Charcuterie. Renovated (and sanitised), the underground of Clapham Common is now home to a cosy little wine bar complete with meat and cheese. The stairs into this charming venture haven't been altered much so still emanate the distinct feeling that you're walking downstairs into an old public loo. Much of inside has a similar feel to it - tiled walls, mosaic floors, and snug booths with old wine crates on the walls and charcuterie hanging from the bar.
The menu boasts a wide array of choice that isn't just meat and cheese. Some smaller snacks on offer include smoked almonds, London chilli billtong, and sicilian olives. Slightly bigger options consist of toulouse sausage & pancetta cassoulet, BBQ pork sausage roll, classic escargot, or hot artichoke & parmesan dip, to name a few. But the main event, obviously, is cheese and charcuterie. We opted for the Superior Cheese & Charcuterie board, which included deer speck (air-dried deer salami), bresaola (air-dried salted beef), rolled pancetta (Italian cured pork belly) and Brillat-Savarin (cow cheese from France) and Woolsery (goats cheese from the UK) accompanied with olives, pickles, sourdough bread and balsamic vinaigrette. The hard and soft cheeses each complimented a different piece of meat. To drink, we chose a bottle of red, Domaine Mas Barrau Cabernet Franc from Pays du Gard, which offers a long rich palate of fruity flavours balanced by bitter, woody notes - a perfect choice to accompany any cheese board.
WC is a great choice for a cosy date night or a casual catch up with friends. Get there early to avoid disappointment as this place fills up quickly!
Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AA