Arthur and the apples

Avalon – apparently it was a legendary island in the tales of King Arthur. It was also meant to be abundant in apples. I quite like these explanations, but far more than that, I like going to the pub – The Avalon in Balham. Refined and elegant, the name more than suits it..and so it was again I found myself heading there for a sunny Sunday lunch yesterday.

The Avalon was revamped a few years ago and now boasts a fantastic dining area reminiscent of a Victorian bath-house with its beautiful while tile brickwork and airy space. There is also a large beer garden at the back which is a favourite spot for post-work spritzers in the summer. All in all, it’s certainly one of South London’s finest gastro-pubs. It’s also part of the Renaissance pub group (there’s 6 in all) – all of which are worth investigating.

We plumped for ciders and roast beef all round. (It was a blazing sunny day afterall!) Arriving within 10 minutes, the plate consisted of a giant yorkshire pudding, lashings of rare roast beef with plenty of gravy, roast potatoes and vegetables. A perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday!

(The Avalon, 16 Balham Hill, London, SW12 9EB)