Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Clerkenwell
Hardens guides have spent 25 years compiling reviews of the best Clerkenwell restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 84 restaurants in Clerkenwell and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Clerkenwell restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Clerkenwell Restaurants
. Sushi Tetsu
Japanese restaurant in Clerkenwell
12 Jerusalem Pas - EC1
Having eaten in the fish market in Tokyo I know how authentic this restaurant is. Amazing! Harumi and Toru Takahashi are charming hosts and their very intimate Clerkenwell 7-seater serves astonishing sushi and other fare a mix of traditional and experimental dishes with perfect quality as the unifying factor. It invites some comparison with The Araki, although here you can enjoy Japanese-style seasonality without splashing quite so much cash. Booking is taken in one morning, two weeks in advance. Its a race. Follow the Twitter account for a chance to get a last-minute seat.
. St John Smithfield
British, Traditional restaurant in Clerkenwell
26 St John St - EC1
A pioneer of British food Fergus Henderson & Trevor Gullivers austere but staunch Smithfield ex-smokehouse remains an amazingly consistent, ever-quirky source of honest enjoyment. Staff are so accommodating, the atmosphere is relaxed and constantly buzzing, and the focus is on the incredible dishes: be it outlandish stuff (all the bits of the animal that you didnt know about that you then think you could maybe eat); or something traditional done impressively well. Top Tip regulars go to the atmospheric adjacent bar, with its simple but perfectly adequate menu.
Spanish restaurant in Clerkenwell
34-36 Exmouth Mkt - EC1
Gosh, its impressive when a restaurant can stay on form in this way! Samuel and Samantha Clarks Exmouth Market favourite holds many special memories for legions of reporters. The beautifully judged Moorish/Iberian dishes deliver wonderful flavours as does the unique selection of Iberian wines and superlative range of sherries. There is a but however ratings did ease off a smidgeon this year, with incidents of chaotic service and the remorseless noise-levels of this deafening, hard-edged room denting the happy vibe.
Spanish restaurant in Clerkenwell
32 Exmouth Mkt - EC1
Constantly astounding food, despite always being frenetically busy means this Spanish/North African tapas spot in Exmouth Market is just as good as big sister Moro next door some even prefer it. Good ratings too for its new Hoxton sibling, just a stones throw from Columbia Road Flower Market.
. The Eagle
Mediterranean restaurant in Clerkenwell
159 Farringdon Rd - EC1
The grandfather of gastropubs near Exmouth Market is still showing the way after all these years. The gastro dining experience elsewhere has become dull, but the Eagle remains true to its roots loud crowd, open kitchen, stubbly chefs, short Anglo-Med menu on blackboard, good beer: brilliant!
. Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Clerkenwell
14-16 Leather Ln - EC1
Theyre serious about their caffeine some of the best and smoothest coffee in London at these vibey haunts (also offering a small collection of delicious, simple cakes). The site listed is the original Leather Lane branch (a converted old ironmongers) a cool hangout for young media start-up types which contrasts with the old-school market traders outside.
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Heddon Street Kitchen
London British, Modern £59
Just off Regent Street, a handy brasserie-style operation serving thoroughly competent but rather unremarkable dishes at prices seemingly inflated by association with proprietor Gordon Ramsay.... More
London British, Modern £47
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