What do we need to know about Sessions Arts Club?
If you haven't already seen photos of this place on your Insta feeds then know that it's certainly one of the most anticipated, not to mention beautiful, restaurant openings of the year so far. The chef at this new Clerkenwell spot is Florence Knight who made a name for herself at Polpetto, when she worked with Russell Norman. She's been out of the restaurant game for a while, raising a family and writing cookery books, but has returned in the finest of forms.
Where is it?
You'll find it at the top of the Old Sessions House on Clerkenwell Green (which also includes a gallery and a rooftop pool). Access is via a doorway on the side of the building as you come on to Clerkenwell Green off Farringdon Lane (we circled the building to find it) and it's about a five-minute walk from Farringdon station.
So it's a bit of a looker, right?
Taking the lift up, it leads you out into what would have been the old Judge's Dining Room at this Grade II listed courthouse. It's jaw-droppingly beautiful, in a distressed fashion. There's a roof terrace with alfresco space for dining, along with a mezzanine dining space giving you great views over the bar and main dining room.
Where's the best place to sit?
We were up on the mezzanine and we'd definitely suggest here if you can get a table.
Cocktails to start?
You really should, whether you're after a boozy option or a booze-free treat like melon and rose soda or a fig leaf fizz.
What kind of menu is it?
In a nutshell, it's one of those menus that definitely rewards either going as a group where everyone's happy to share, or repays multiple visits - because you're going to want to eat everything. It's seasonal in focus and roams the UK and Europe for great ingredients. Dishes start at £5 and work their way up to around the mid £20s.
You can expect the menu to change a bit, for example depending on what the day boats have brought in, but to give you an idea, here's what we had:
What about vegans or vegetarians?
There's plenty of options equally as enticing for those after plant-based inspiration from the beetroot with goat's curd and olive crumb to the friggitelli with cannellini beans and lemons.
Room for dessert?
If you have to skip one of the dishes above to make room, then do, because both the desserts we had were:
What about drink?
With a wine list put together by Keeling Andrew & Co, you can expect plenty of interesting things to dry, from entry-level Chin-Chin to winemaker Chisa Bize's gorgeous burgundies.
Expectations were always going to be high for Florence Knight's return to the London restaurant scene. But here in glorious surroundings of an 18th-century courthouse, she's found a home that matches her superb cooking. For a long lunch with friends or a sexy second date, this is a great new opening - maybe one of the best of 2021.
More about Sessions Arts Club
Where is it? 24 Clerkenwell Green, Farringdon, London EC1R 0NA
How to book: Book online
Find out more: Follow them on Instagram @sessionsartsclub.
Hot Dinners dined as guests of Sessions Arts Club. Prices correct at time of publication.
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