RestaurantsLondonClerkenwellEC1M
HARDENS CLUB PARTNER

survey result

Summary

£88
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Upscale” three-year-old in Clerkenwell that’s an “unassuming-yet-special-feeling” cousin to the famous Clove Club, and whose quirky layout – “lots of different ‘zones’ in the restaurant, with a cosy bar at the front” and “funky” conservatory to the rear – creates a “delightful” setting for a meal. Its distinguishing culinary feature is the use of British ingredients to produce Italian cooking, alongside an “extremely pleasant Italian-biased wine list”, and fans say results are “incredible”. “The one gripe: as good as this is, it’s pricier than you’d expect”. Top Menu Tip – “love the Parmesan fries”.

Summary

£88
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Upscale” two-year-old in Clerkenwell that’s an “unassuming-yet-special-feeling” cousin to the famous Clove Club, and whose quirky layout – “lots of different ‘zones’ in the restaurant, with a cosy bar at the front” and “funky” conservatory to the rear – creates a “delightful” setting for a meal. Its distinguishing culinary feature is the use of British ingredients to produce Italian cooking, alongside an “extremely pleasant Italian-biased wine list”, and fans say results are “incredible”. “The one gripe: as good as this is, it’s pricier than you’d expect”. Top Menu Tip – “love the Parmesan fries”.

Summary

£80
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It’s a joy to dine” at this “lovely” Clerkenwell yearling – a “really cool” space with bar at the front and “buzzy” conservatory restaurant to the rear. It’s actually a sibling to the legendary Clove Club, although the culinary style is more traditional here, with the aim to produce Italian cuisine from British produce. Results evidence some “serious cooking” producing “consistently good” results, although fair to say it’s not as earth-shattering as its stablemate and can seem a tad “pricey”. Top Menu Tip: “delicious Parmesan fries”.

Summary

£73
  £££
3
Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It’s not the Clove Club: get over it!” – this new Clerkenwell sibling to Shoreditch’s legendary foodie temple takes a totally different culinary tack, delivering a menu of “high quality, refined Italian dishes” using the best British produce. Not everyone loves it (especially those burdened by Clove Club expectations), but most reports are of “outstanding” cooking, “extremely accommodating staff” and a “beautiful” and “romantic” interior (the rambling site once known as Portal (long RIP), with a cosy bar at the front and conservatory and private rooms towards the rear). Top Menu Tip – “the Parmesan fries are truly the work of angels (addictively moreish!)”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair
Yes
24, 10, 8
No dress code
80

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 75.00 Always available 4

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£18.00 £36.00 £7.00 £10.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
88 St John St, London, EC1M 4EH
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm
SundayCLOSED

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