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On Clapham, the Slave Trade and Pizza

Clapham is a district of South London, in the London Borough of Lambeth. It is best known for its very large Common (shared with the London Borough of Wandsworth), its lively high street and its historic Old Town.

Clapham appears in the Doomsday Book (as Clopeham) and dates back to Anglo Saxon times. The name is thought to derive from the Old English “clopp” combined with “hamm”, meaning a homestead/enclosure near a hill, and it was originally a small cluster of cottages in what was then a part of Surrey.

The Common contains three ponds and a modern paddling pool. Eagle Pond was refurbished around eight years ago when it was drained, landscaped and replanted. Long Pond has a century old tradition of use for model boating. Both Eagle Pond and Mount Pond are used predominantly for angling and contain a wide variety of popular species.

But to the keen student of history Clapham is about far more than simply a few historic buildings, a vast expanse of grass with some ponds, and some shops. It was in fact the home of the Clapham Sect, led by William Wilberforce, who successfully campaigned for the abolition of the slave trade in the early nineteenth century.

Just around the corner from the Old Town is of course Clapham High Street, a thriving hub of bars, eateries and places to socialise and enjoy refreshments or indeed a more substantial meal. It is here that one will find Eco Restaurant, one of the most popular restaurants in Clapham High Street.

Well known for its innovative pizza school and its support for local schools projects as well as for its healthy, nourishing and delicious food, Eco Restaurant continues to blaze a trail amongst restaurant goers in South London and beyond, and is universally acclaimed as one of the very best Italian restaurants in Clapham.

When Worlds Collide It Can Be A Belt Busting Explosion

As a leading eco-minded Clapham restaurant we seem to sit within two rather contrasting worlds. On the one hand we can look out across a city which is home to some of the finest restaurants (included us, of course!) and purveyors of the highest quality food and ingredients.

But at the same time it’s very easy to see an abundance of fast food chains providing food on a plate to order, though without the plate. Or the knives and forks.
As a Clapham restaurant with a reputation for high quality we see it as both our passion and our mission to provide convenient options for people that are also of the highest quality. Fast doesn’t have to mean poor quality or unhealthy. After all, just how long does it take to boil an egg, peel a banana or pour a glass of water?

It is simple food that is now winning and casual dining which means less expense, less formal and quite often better. We’re fast in output of plates however, it is our emphasis on preparation that makes us efficient; and more importantly the slow fermentation process behind the scenes of the operation of eco pizza dough, that makes eco pizza among the best quality pizza in the country. Once the dough is happy we can turn out as many pizza’s as the three deck oven can take.

One of the problems we think that we have seen develop over the years we have been running our Clapham restaurant is that people are often confused. It’s understandable. Even a cursory glance over the top of your pizza box at the television is enough to reveal today’s list of do’s and don’ts as far as healthy eating is concerned.

It’s easy to simply give up and assume that these experts don’t know what they’re talking about and rush straight to the next heart attack wrapped in red and yellow cardboard.

We’ll keep doing our bit, providing convenience with innovative quality. Perhaps that’s an innovation in itself, but certainly the kids who take part in our pizza school each week are convinced that you can still have the best of both worlds. They’d tell you themselves if they weren’t so busy tucking in to their
healthy pizza.

Now there are two words you don’t often find together in many places, but then as we said – as a Clapham restaurant we seem to be surrounded by two conflicting worlds.