The Clove Club


| Shoreditch, Clerkenwell

One of the best restaurants in town and one of the few to make it into the World's 50 Best list, The Clove Club is now a London institution, on the must-try lists of all good gastro tourists. Head into the main restaurant for a regularly changing set menu which is at the heart of things here - or to the bar for cocktails and nibbles.

Restaurant details

Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
Nearest tube: 
  • Old Street
  • Shoreditch High Street
Telephone number: 020 7729 6496
Michelin star 1 Michelin star


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


Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 7
Tim Hayward FT Estimated score
Reviewed on August 09, 2013
"The Clove Club, I believe, will be an important institution but, though I’d still balk at using the word “narrative” about dinner, it’s the only way to describe what’s ever so slightly awry. The elements, in the form of stunning food, are all there: it’s the coherent script of a phenomenal meal that still needs writing." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7.5
Marina O'Loughlin Guardian
Reviewed on July 06, 2013
"I wouldn't have ordered "smoked wild Irish char, sour cream & rye" if I'd seen it on a menu, but it's a joy, its crispbread wafer-thin and almost buttery, the fish fondant-soft, clean, sweet and subtly smoky. Sometimes it's nice to be led by the nose. I'm glad I ditched my small-minded, leek-fuelled preconceptions and went." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on May 12, 2013
"The kitchen is firmly rooted in the English tradition of Victorian cooking — unflashy, straight-talking — but the attendant exultant notes are of well-preserved condiments, smoked, dried and salted, making dishes that are at once familiar and original, practised and extemporary. All at a ridiculously reasonable price." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on April 09, 2013
"The fact is, it was perfectly nice, but in this kind of conception your food has to be really swell, unusually, explosively good, to justify the ambition and pretension." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Lisa Markell Independent
Reviewed on March 31, 2013
"Rib of beef with dots of ransom purée and neat potato "cigars" is a stand-out. The meat is fab, the chew of an outside-y bit of the roast on one side of each slice, the deepest pink tenderness on the other. The spuds are crisp and scrumptious." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Joe Warwick Metro
Reviewed by March 14, 2013
"It might all sound a bit too fashion-forward but it’s not. Restaurant trends come and go but old-fashioned hospitality, of which there are large helpings on offer here, never goes out of style." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 9
Chris Pople Cheese & Biscuits
Reviewed on March 07, 2013
"...you don't always need an exhaustive sampling of every corner of a restaurant's offering to know when you're onto a good thing. In fact, you very rarely do. Based on the all of the above, the pedigree of a chef like McHale and my burning desire to revisit as soon as possible, the Clove Club is a smash." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on March 07, 2013
"...Clove Club is above parody, mainly because what it does, it does very well indeed. Take it with a pinch of artisanal salt, because it’s one of the restaurants that will define this year." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
David Sexton Evening Standard
Reviewed on March 06, 2013
"It may be a bit harsh to judge a restaurant on its opening night but there was no hesitancy in the execution here. It just seemed that this menu had been devised to show off the chef’s innovation, rather than to please the eater — we felt experimented upon more than fed." READ REVIEW