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 88 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
“Less hyped than Araki, with great food at one-seventh the price!” – “Toru Takahashi entertains both your taste buds and your eyes” at his “charming” Clerkenwell 7-seater: “a showcase for his uncompromising attention to detail and illusionist-like skills”. “It feels like a stellar, very special experience” – “as close as you can get to authentic Japanese dining in London” – and delivers “astonishingly good sushi, yet without an absurd price tag”. The catch? – “it’s a nightmare getting a seat”.
. St John Smithfield
British, Traditional restaurant in Clerkenwell
26 St John St - EC1
“You either love or hate the austerity of the dining room, and the uncompromising nature of the ‘nose to tail’ offal-heavy approach” that’s made this “stark”, white-walled ex-smokehouse in Smithfield “the high altar” of challenging British cuisine. “The extraordinary longevity of the place suggests that most people do get it” and “Fergus Henderson and his team continue to turn the humdrum off-cuts into something magical” – “it’s hard to better such straightforward heavenly food” – with “something that’s always new or different to tempt regulars back and to intrigue the uninitiated.” Top Menu Tips – game in season, “brilliant suckling pig”, bone marrow salad (“dem bones, dem bones…”), and the Eccles cakes.
Spanish restaurant in Clerkenwell
32 Exmouth Mkt - EC1
“Moro’s little sister two doors down from Moro itself” nowadays also has a Hackney outpost, near Columbia Road Flower Market, and although the newer branch is “more roomy” and “less frenetic than the original”, “pressure on tables is fierce” at both of these “crowded, small eateries”. That said, they “run like clockwork” on the whole, and service is “incredibly helpful and knowledgeable”. The draw? – “scrumptious” Spanish/North African tapas with “imaginative modern twists” at prices that are “terrific value”.
. Breddos Tacos
Mexican/TexMex restaurant in Clerkenwell
82 Goswell Road - EC1M
“Mouthwatering tacos” – “an innovative take on Mexican food in a City with few good Mexicans” – draw a strong fanclub to this “fun and vibrant” Clerkenwell cantina, which started out as a stall in E8, and is about to open a second Soho branch in September 2017 on the former site of Shotgun (RIP).
. Café du Marché
French restaurant in Clerkenwell
22 Charterhouse Sq - EC1
It can feel “magical”, especially when the pianist is playing, at this “romantic, candle-lit and cosy” old Gallic bistro, just off Charterhouse Square, which has been a “reassuringly unchanging” feature of the area since long before the environs of Smithfield became fashionable, and its “classic (if perhaps unadventurous) cuisine” is “always a great pleasure”.
. Workshop Coffee
Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Clerkenwell
27 Clerkenwell Rd - EC1
Fans hail “by far the best coffee in town” at this small chain with its own roastery – “don’t let the lack of comfort put you off!”. Along with a “range of different brews to try”, they also serve snacks and pastries, while the Clerkenwell original goes a step further, with a full brunch and lunch menu.
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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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