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Casa Manolo Clapham



Casa Manolo in Clapham is known for its warm, welcoming atmosphere and traditional Spanish cuisine. It’s an authentic Spanish dining experience, thanks to its decor, which includes hand-painted tiles, wooden beams, and terracotta floors reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda.

The restaurant also serves as a cultural hub in the local community, hosting Spanish-English language exchange evenings and other cultural events, making it much more than a place to eat but a venue for cultural exchange and community building.

Casa Manolo, Clapham Junction

Casa Manolo hanging spanish hams

The Unplanned Encounter

My routine turned unexpectedly a few Saturdays ago; I wandered down M&S and TK Maxx in Clapham as the fridge had broken the day before, and a new one had arrived early in the morning. I needed to restock it and get a few bits for the kitchen.

As I was leaving TK Maxx, I fancied a coffee, and at that moment, a bus pulled away in front of me to reveal Casa Manolo. The window display was inviting, with hanging Spanish meats, cones with cheese and Chorizo and a baguette filled with Spanish ham. That was enough for me; it was coffee and brunchtime.

What a find in Clapham Junction

Casa Manolo carves out its niche with distinct flair in a neighbourhood brimming with dining options. It’s not just the traditional Spanish dishes that set it apart, but its embodiment of Spain’s rich culinary heritage.

The Authentic Spanish Experience

Casa Manolo Tapas

From the moment I stepped inside, Casa Manolo offered more than just a meal; it provided a journey. The ambience, inspired by Spain’s lively eateries and serene taverns, paired with a menu bursting with flavours, from succulent Iberico ham to tangy Manchego cheese, captivated my senses. It was as if I had been transported straight to one of my favourite tapas bars in Ayamonte in southern Spain, an area I have known well after owning a villa there for the last ten years.

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The Story Behind the Restaurant

Casa Manolo wines

Their story is steeped in a rich tapestry of family tradition and a deep-rooted passion for Spanish culture. Nestled in the bustling heart of Clapham, this branch embodies its founders’ vision, a family with a fervent desire to bring authentic Spanish cuisine and the vibrant spirit of their homeland to London.

Passion and Tradition

Their journey began with a simple yet profound mission: to share the exquisite flavours of Spain with the world. Inspired by generations of culinary expertise and the family’s history in the Iberico cured meats and Spanish delis sectors, the Clapham store is a living testament to their dedication and love for Spanish gastronomy. The founders envisioned a place where Londoners could experience the warmth of Spanish hospitality and the richness of its food in their neighbourhood.

Family-Run Ethos

At the core of Casa Manolo Clapham is the family-run ethos, a principle that influences every aspect of the restaurant. This ethos is not just about ownership; it’s about creating a dining experience that feels like a homecoming. From the carefully curated menu featuring traditional Spanish dishes and wines to the warm and welcoming ambience, the family’s touch is evident.

Through Casa Manolo in Clapham, the family’s dream continues to flourish, bridging cultures and bringing people together over the universal language of food. It’s more than just a restaurant; it’s a destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the true essence of Spain, nurtured by a family’s passion and a history of culinary excellence.

The Ambiance and Decor

Stepping into Casa Manolo in Clapham, you’re immediately enveloped by an unmistakably Spanish ambience. The interior design, a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary elements and London brickwork, speaks volumes of the rich cultural heritage the restaurant aims to showcase. Warm, earthy tones and rustic textures meet modern accents, creating an inviting and stylish setting. It’s a space designed not just for dining but for experiencing the essence of Spain in the heart of London.

The Essence of Spanish Decor

The decor at Casa Manolo Clapham plays a significant role in transporting diners to the relaxing streets of Spain. From the hand-painted tiles that echo the country’s artistic flair to the wooden beams and terracotta floors reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda, every detail contributes to the authenticity of the experience. The walls adorned with Spanish artwork and photographs of scenic landscapes add layers of depth and storytelling, inviting guests to immerse themselves in a visual journey through Spain’s rich cultural landscape.


The ambience of Casa Manolo Clapham is a carefully orchestrated symphony of senses. Soft, warm lighting casts a glow that enhances the cosy, welcoming atmosphere, inviting conversation and lingering meals. The air carries a melody of flamenco rhythms, a subtle nod to Spain’s musical heritage, setting the rhythm for an evening of gastronomic exploration. This auditory backdrop, combined with the visual feast of the decor, sets the stage for a truly immersive dining experience.

The role of the decor in Casa Manolo goes beyond mere aesthetics; it’s a bridge between cultures, a medium through which the spirit of Spain is woven into the fabric of Clapham’s dining scene. In this thoughtfully crafted environment, diners find themselves not just enjoying a meal but partaking in a cultural experience, where every bite and glance reveals a story of passion, tradition, and the warmth of Spanish hospitality.

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Diving into the menu at Casa Manolo Clapham is akin to embarking on a culinary journey through Spain, with each dish offering a taste of the country’s diverse regions and traditions. Here’s a detailed exploration:

Signature Dishes

Pata Negra with Coffee
  • Iberico Ham Selection: A showcase of Spain’s finest, from Pata Negra to Jamon Iberico, featuring acorn-fed Iberico ham, renowned for its rich flavours and silky texture.
  • Paella Valenciana: A traditional saffron-infused rice dish brimming with seafood, chicken, and a medley of fresh vegetables, capturing the essence of Valencia.

Tapas Selections

Garlic Prawns at Casa Manolo
  • Patatas Bravas: Crispy cubes of potatoes served with a spicy tomato sauce and aioli, a staple of Spanish tapas.
  • Gambas al Ajillo: Succulent prawns sautéed in garlic, chilli, and olive oil, served sizzling straight from the pan.
  • Chorizo al Vino: Spicy Spanish sausage cooked in a rich red wine sauce, embodying the bold flavours of Spain.

My Personal Favourites

Jamon Ibericon, Cheese in a baguette
  • Pan con Jamón: Imagine biting into freshly baked French bread, its crust crackling with each bite, filled generously with thin slices of succulent Spanish hams and cheese. This dish is a testament to the beauty of combining simple ingredients to create something utterly transformative. The hams, sourced directly from Spain, carry with them the stories of the regions they come from, offering a taste that’s as rich in history as it is in flavour.
Takeaway cones with Cheese or Chorizo
  • Conitos de Queso y Chorizo: These small cones are a playful yet sophisticated tapas option. Filled with either a melt-in-your-mouth cheese or a finely chopped chorizo, each cone is a flavour waiting to be discovered. The creamy and rich cheese contrasts beautifully with the smoky, slightly spicy chorizo, offering diners a choice between indulgences in both. These inventive dishes showcase Casa Manolo’s commitment to creativity within traditional Spanish cuisine.

These offerings encapsulate the essence of Spanish cuisine – respect for quality ingredients, a passion for flavour, and a love for sharing food.

Spanish Wines

Spanish Wine and Coffee
  • Rioja: A selection of reds from Spain’s most renowned wine region, ranging from vibrant young wines to aged Reservas.
  • Albariño: Crisp, aromatic white wines from Galicia, perfect for pairing with seafood dishes.
  • Cava: Spain’s answer to champagne, a sparkling wine celebratory staple.

Sourcing of Ingredients

  • Direct from Spain: Many ingredients, including the Spanish Iberico ham and Manchego cheese, are sourced directly from Spain to ensure authenticity and quality.
  • Local Produce: Seasonal vegetables and seafood are sourced from local suppliers, emphasising freshness and sustainability.


  • Traditional Recipes: Dishes are prepared following traditional Spanish recipes, preserving the authentic flavours and techniques passed down through generations.
  • Chef’s Expertise: The chefs, with deep roots in Spanish cuisine, bring their expertise and passion to every dish, ensuring an authentic dining experience.

Casa Manolo Clapham’s menu cater to all tastes. From the tapas selection that encourages sharing and social dining to the carefully curated wine list that complements the food, every menu aspect is designed to transport diners to Spain.

Whether you’re a connoisseur of Spanish cuisine or exploring it for the first time, the menu promises a culinary delight that’s as genuine as delicious.

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Bringing Spain to Your Doorstep

Casa Manolo Hut Interior

They are also on Deliveroo, offering their delivery service, bringing all this right to your doorstep; Casa Manolo provides an extensive online ordering and delivery service that ensures you can enjoy their Spanish delicacies from the comfort of your home. Whether you’re craving a night of tapas, a luxurious wine, or just a simple taste of Spain, Casa Manolo just made it easier than ever to access their culinary treasures.

Online Ordering

  • Easy to Navigate: The online ordering platform is user-friendly, allowing you to browse Spanish cuisine categories easily.
  • Diverse Menu: From the comfort of your home, you can order various dishes, including signature tapas, paellas, and a selection of Spanish wines.
  • Delivery and Takeaway: Spanish Flavors at Your Convenience
  • Home Delivery: Casa Manolo Clapham has partnered with popular delivery services to bring your favourite Spanish meals directly to your door. Whether it’s a dinner party or a cosy night in, the essence of Spain is just a few clicks away on their online store.
  • Takeaway Options: For those who prefer picking up their order, a quick and convenient takeaway service is available, ensuring your food is freshly prepared and ready when you are.

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Clapham Community

Casa Manolo Restaurant

Casa Manolo Clapham has carved a unique niche within the local community, becoming a vibrant hub for those interested in Spanish culture. It’s not just a restaurant; it’s a cultural institution that prides itself on bringing the authentic essence of Spain to Clapham. Casa Manolo goes beyond the dining experience to foster community and cultural exchange through culinary excellence, cultural events, and a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Community Through Culture

  • Cultural Events: Casa Manolo Clapham hosts various events celebrating Spanish traditions, from live flamenco nights to wine-tasting events. These gatherings showcase Spanish culture and bring people together, creating a space where locals can engage, learn, and enjoy the warmth of Spanish hospitality.
  • Language Exchanges: By organising Spanish-English language exchange evenings, Casa Manolo has become a place where cultures meet and languages blend, encouraging community members to connect and share their experiences.

Customer Testimonials:

  • “A Taste of Spain in Clapham”: Many customers delight in finding a genuine slice of Spain in London. Reviews often highlight not only the quality of the food but the authenticity of the experience, praising Casa Manolo for its dedication to Spanish traditions.
  • “More Than Just a Meal”: Patrons frequently note the warm, welcoming atmosphere that Casa Manolo creates, emphasising the sense of belonging and community. Whether it’s their first visit or they’re regulars, customers feel a part of something special, a testament to Casa Manolo’s impact beyond the culinary.
  • My Experience: Whilst I loved the venue, the food, and the yummy wines, I was left a little disappointed by the service. I felt the staff were going through the motions a little, and it was a job to them and not a passion. Whilst nothing is wrong with that, it did not feel like the Spanish welcome I experienced so many times on my holidays, and it would have rounded off the experience ideally if they had.

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Summing Up

Casa Manolo Menu

Casa Manolo Clapham is a unique spot for enjoying Spanish cuisine and experiencing the vibrant culture of Spain. Its dedication to authenticity, from the meticulously curated menu to the buzzing atmosphere, sets it apart in the Clapham dining scene.

  • Would I go back? Yes
  • Would I take people there? Yes,
  • Do I wish the staff would be a little more engaging and welcoming? Yes, maybe I just caught them on a bad day,

When I go back, I will let you all know ..

So I returned this weekend ( Easter 2024) and was served by a lovely Spanish lady from a little village 30 minutes outside Madrid. Wow, what a difference! She was charming, took the time to talk us through the menu, and recommended her personal favourite wines. She made me feel at home and very welcome. This is the service that I was both looking for and hoping for.

I am definately going back and taking friends with me..

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How to find and contact them

Book your table on their website:

Address: 20 St John’s Rd, London SW11 1PN

Phone: 020 7223 6176