The Clove Club
“Cutting-edge cooking in municipal splendour” - AA Inspector
LONDON EC1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
The Victorian pomp of old Shoreditch Town Hall has been reinvented as an arts venue and this rather chic, trend-conscious eatery. In step with the hipster-central location, the place goes for a pared-back look - white walls, wooden floors and tables, and a tiled open kitchen in a white, high-ceilinged space have a certain elegance still, but it's the cutting-edge production of the kitchen that creates most notice. A multi-course taster is the principal business, though there’s also a shorter six-course option, and an entry-point four-course lunch, all bursting with clever ideas realised with top-flight technical skill. Flame-grilled mackerel comes pointed up with yogurt and kafir lime, then Cornish Thornback ray with cedrat lemon and sauce maltaise. On the meat front, pork jowl is matched with tart bursts from cider vinegar gel and apple balsamic. If you're not up for wine pairings, try a selection of soft drinks or ambient teas to go with the dishes.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 55
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 10
- Accessible toilets
- Closed: false
- Wines over £30: 400
- Wines by the glass: 30
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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