The scene: Attractively decked out with an unobtrusive wood-and-silver design, it’s homely, with books on the shelves, newspapers to peruse, and a flatscreen TV for footy. There’s a comfortable outdoor area, too, and this is where The Crab Shack sits: a summertime booth selling English Channel shellfish landed in Brixham, Kent.

The grub: Courtesy of chef stars Matthew Pepperell and Richard Coltart, the food is where the Manor Arms excels. Famed for its Sunday lunches, first of all, the menu boasts quality and depth, too. The set lunch includes Norfolk ham hock and truffle risotto balls among the starters, with delightful free-range chicken and leek pie, and sumptuous chargrilled spatchcock chicken in the mains. Behind the bar Beers (bottles and draught), a sterling wine and spirit selection and cocktails, served in jam jars for added kook appeal.

Bill please: The set menu starts at two courses for £10; starters from £5.50; mains from £10; dessert from £5.50. Beers from £3.80; cocktails from £5; wines from £3.80 a glass, bottles from £15.

Verdict: Proudly putting quality first – The Manor Arms is Streatham’s secret gem – although, not for much longer. 

13 Mitcham Lane, SW16 6LQ
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%TNT Magazine% stars 5

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