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The Clove Club

Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, LONDON, EC1V 9LT

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Shoreditch Town Hall was considered quite the showpiece when it opened back in the 1860s. As Shoreditch developed into a trendy hotspot in the 21st century, this grand dame of a building morphed into an arts and events venue, or, as they themselves put it, a 'non-traditional creative space'. The Clove Club is right at home in this setting with its casual vibe, chunky wooden floors and tables, and open-to-view kitchen pass which positively buzzes with activity. Note that making a reservation for dinner involves payment in advance via a pre-paid ticket system (lunch does not require such a commitment). At dinner, choose either the five-course or the 'extended dinner menu' - nine courses FYI - and expect an array of creative snacks to precede the officially declared courses. What arrives is blisteringly creative and contemporary, with unusual ingredients, imaginative combinations and inventive presentations. Slow-poached oyster with beef jelly and grilled cream is a compelling mix of flavours, flamed red mullet sashimi keeps good company with blood orange, wild fennel and garum (a fermented fish sauce that dates back to Roman times), and a thrilling meat course might be a little pancake of Devilled Lincolnshire chicken. Among sweet courses, burnt clementine and buttermilk mousse is a hit. There's an inspired bar menu, too.

Further information

Tel: 020 7729 6496
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open/closed

Days closed: Sun
Dates closed: Xmas, New Year
Days closed for lunch: Mon

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Isaac McHale, Tim Spedding
Number of seats: 43
Steps for wheelchair: 10
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.

 
 
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