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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Magical culinary mystery tour in an old town hall

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

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.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks at Christmas and New Year
  • Days closed: Sunday
  • Closed for lunch: Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.15


  • Chef: Isaac McHale, Chase Lovecky

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30: 400
  • Wines by the glass: 30

Price guide

  • Starter from : 10
  • Main course from: 18
  • Dessert from: 8
  • Tasting menu from: 75
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 10
  • Accessible toilets


  • Seats: 70

Additional information

  • Seats: 70

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Nearest train station

Old Street
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