Had a memorable send off from London at the new Clove Club in Shoreditch Town Hall. After a glitchy start losing both our will and grip on the ‘Ditch – wine tasting sans wine, rounds of undrinkable champagne, we finally got our mitts clasped round a decent martini here.
The founders took a very current approach to opening their restaurant: supper club first, crowd sourced funding after. It shows that you don’t have to be born with a silver spoon in your bouche to achieve, or even depend on a lucky break, just keep pursuing a different path until something sticks.
In terms of ambience and space, this really fills a hole and will appeal to no-frills St John lovers. White washed, lofty ceilings, features in abundance, central bar…yes, liked a lot. Food very good, service extraordinarily good, company: the best. Bar food at the front, testing menu at the back in an altogether different space.
The Clove Club, Shoredtich Town Hall, 380 Shoredtich High Street, EC1
Tel: 020 7729 6496