Make the Most of Bank Holiday with Honky Tonk

When we heard that London bar and restaurant Honky Tonk was giving its Clapham branch a Hamptons-esque makeover, we were over the moon. Featuring a new menu, a sun-soaked terrace and live music, this sounded like the perfect blend to us. We went along to the launch party to discover if it really was as good as it sounded.

The Restaurant: Honky Tonk

Location: 16a Clapham Common South Side, London, SW4 7AB

First impressions: Featuring a front terrace decorated with astro turf and parasols, Honky Tonk’s small but perfectly formed outdoor space instantly makes you feel like you’re anywhere but in the middle of Clapham Common. A smattering of tables and a hot dog, sorry Honky Dog, cart added to the al-fresco feel.

What we ate: We were greeted by site-sized versions of the new summer menu including oven baked (but impossibly crispy) chicken wings, pulled pork sandwiches and even vegetarian a hot dog imaginatively called the Not Dog. Staying true to its American roots that Honky Tonk is so famous for, everything was tasty, tender and perfectly presented. The hot dogs were decorated with squiggles of ketchup and mustard while the burgers were everything you expect from this US staple.

What we drank: It would have been rude not to road test one of the new cocktails so we opted for a Madison Square Garden which was a summery mix of gin and elderflower liqueur topped off with delicate flowers.

Verdict: Call us optimistic but we really do love a bit of outdoor dining so Honky Tonk’s Sundowner Terrace suited us perfectly. Perfect for an evening with your mates, Honky Tonk should definitely be on your to do list this bank holiday weekend.

What to wear: Go cool but casual with classic jeans and bold sunglasses.

The damage: Expect to pay around £60 for three courses for two with a bottle of wine.

Shield the sun in a pair of stylish shades:

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