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 87 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.
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1. Bleeding Heart Tavern restaurant in Clerkenwell Bleeding Heart Yd - EC1
Dating back to 1746 the Tavern offers a traditional neighbourhood bar with real ale from Adnams and a light lunchtime menu for those pressed for time. Downstairs the Tavern Dining Room is an open Rotisserie and Grill and provides a warm and comforting setting in which to enjoy fr...
2. Bleeding Heart Bistro restaurant in Clerkenwell Bleeding Heart Yd - EC1
The busy buzzy Bistro, high ceiling and high windows, with its striking 19th Century French wine posters is the perfect place for an informal business lunch with a colleague or a jolly supper with a group of chums. Certainly, the bistro’s sunny terrace, shaded by a huge red awn...
3. Bleeding Heart Restaurant French restaurant in Clerkenwell Bleeding Heart Yd, Greville St - EC1
Described by Square Meal as "arguably the finest French restaurant in the City", the Bleeding Heart Restaurant offers modern French food, impeccable service, an award-winning wine list and above all a uniquely welcoming ambience in a wonderfully historic setting. The perfect Venu...
4. Sushi Tetsu Japanese restaurant in Clerkenwell 12 Jerusalem Pas - EC1
“As close to the Japanese sushi-ya experience as it’s possible to get outside Asia”; you sit at the bar, one of only 7 people face-to-face with the chef at this “amazing” Clerkenwell “hole in the wall”, run by a “lovely husband and wife team” and serving sushi “like an incredible dream”. (“It’s akin to the Vienna Philharmonic performing just for you and six others, while explaining every note!”)
5. Department of Coffee and Social Affairs Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Clerkenwell 14-16 Leather Ln - EC1
“Faultless coffee” helps this City hang out live up to its name, but it has “friendly” service and consistently well-rated snacks too.
6. St John British, Traditional restaurant in Clerkenwell 26 St John St - EC1
“Still brilliant after all this time” – Fergus Henderson’s white-walled, Smithfield legend continues to produce supremely “honest” offal-heavy dishes based on “awesome ingredients” (most famously the “hugely addictive bone marrow”). Top Tip – the “rowdy” adjacent bar is as good in its way as the main dining room.
7. Moro Spanish restaurant in Clerkenwell 34-36 Exmouth Mkt - EC1
“Amazingly consistent over the years, and still in a league of its own” – this “mad busy”, but “laid back and friendly” Exmouth Market favourite “still retains its zing”, serving “inventive riffs on Spanish/North African dishes” showcasing “clear, clean flavours”, and “an exciting wine list” that’s “particularly strong on sherries”; “it’s still too noisy”, though.
8. The Eagle Mediterranean restaurant in Clerkenwell 159 Farringdon Rd - EC1
Even after all these years, there’s still “rarely a false note” at “the original and best gastropub” – an engagingly “grungy” and “low key” hang-out, near Exmouth Market; the “rustic” Mediterranean cooking is “reasonably priced”, and “there’s always something new and interesting on the menu”.
9. Workshop Coffee Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Clerkenwell 27 Clerkenwell Rd - EC1
It’s the brilliant blend of coffees (“roasted before your very eyes”) which wins nominations for these “friendly and entertaining” independents (“the Cheers of coffee shops!”); brunch is a highlight too though – “a wide variety of delicious sweets and savouries”.
10. The Quality Chop House British, Traditional restaurant in Clerkenwell 94 Farringdon Rd - EC1
“Retaining the era of a bygone age” – this restored ‘Working Class Caterer’ is a foodie linchpin of Farringdon, despite its “bum-numbingly, cripplingly-uncomfy, bench-seating booths”; “honest” British grub is “prepared with care”, but it’s somewhat secondary to the “brief but intriguing and fairly priced” wine list.
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