Continuing with its pop-up approach to pub grubbing, The King & Co in Clapham has opened its kitchen to Madrileño style street food vendors, Squid Kitchen. A match made in heaven? It is if crisp craft beer coupled with cones overflowing with calamari sounds like you kind of fiesta. I loved my nosh through the recent launch party and am happy to gloat … erm … share the highlights of that occasion with you.
So the launch was my first time to warm a seat at the The King & Co. Having heard the word of its excellent food and drink offerings I was glad to have finally found the time to make down there. Expectations were exceeded (cool staff, welcoming atmosphere, rustic-ish decor). I was pleased especially with the beer selection. Really just great, see for yourself: thekingandco.uk/drink/beer.
As for Squid Kitchen, the fare was right in line with how and what I love to eat. Gorgeous salt cod croquetas with “Vampire Killer” aioli (£5.50) were particularly moreish. The Squid Kitchen Cone jammed full of fried squid rings, tentacles and served with a wedge of lemon and Vampire Killer aioli (£7) was fun and tasty and a must-try dish whether visiting the pub for a meal or just craving a snack with your drinks.