Will and I splashed out on an extravagant meal at The Clove Club back in August. I’d heard some great things about the place, so was pretty excited.
It struck me after taking our seats how down to earth everything was. The staff were friendly, and as the kitchen is open you can see all the chef’s bustling about preparing the food. The decor is simple, with plain white walls and unfussy wooden furniture. I’m not a fan of old fine dining (white tablecloths with too much tableware), so The Clove Club atmosphere was perfect for me.
The menu changes daily, offering two options for dinner – five courses for £55 per head or nine courses for £95. We opted for five and a bottle of wine (because we’re not in the position to make it rain yet).
As all our food arrived looking divine, our servers gave us a brief description. To start, we had three ‘snacks’: bitesized pieces of buttermilk fried chicken; cow’s curd and beetroot tarts; and wood pigeon sausages with greenage ketchup. A basket of warm sourdough bread and creamy butter appeared once we had devoured the snacks. It took lot’s of restraint to say no to more.
Our three main dishes were bursting with flavours. Flamed mackerel, cucumber, English mustard and chrysanthemums. My favourite dish of Cornish dover sole, oak smoked roe, spinach and brown butter. And a perfect pink featherblade of Hereford beef, jerusalem artichoke and girolles.
I was starting to get full as two dessert courses made their way to the table. But having a major sweet tooth, I’ve always got room for pudding. A dish of Amalfi lemonade and sarawak pepper had a sharp but sweet taste to it. The perfect palate cleanser. Our final dish was blackcurrant leaf ice cream and beremeal biscuit.
It wasn’t over yet. A trio of petit fours arrived: soft barley cakes still warm from the oven; homemade chocolate bars; and some liquor bon bons. All going down an absolute treat.
I were completely stuffed by the end of it. The food is brilliant and I couldn’t fault anything – from the impressive service to the delicious food. I love The Clove Club and will definitely be going back.
The Clove Club
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT