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The first of Isaac McHale’s restaurants is set in the ornate and rather glamorous former Shoreditch Town Hall. Chefs perform centre stage in the smart,...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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The Clove Club opened in March 2013 in Shoreditch Town Hall, East London. The restaurant is named after the original supper club that brought our founders Daniel Willis, Isaac Mchale and Johnny Smith together in 2010. We serve modern British cooking – thoughtful, precise and elegant food in a relaxed and informal setting. At The Clove Club we serve a tasting menu that highlights the best produce we can source from across the British Isles, with ideas and inspirations from around the world. Our wine list showcases regions from the old and new world, encompassing traditional and modern styles of wine making, with a focus on artisanal growers. In addition we also offer a number of pairings – classic
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
European, British
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very good restaurant, such a good 1*. Lovely wine, I wish I could help you with the name! I miss the aged Madeira though. *photo from a previous visit

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As an overall dining experience the clove club is one of the best we have ever had hands down. From the minute we walked in we were made to feel very special. And whilst obviously attentive service comes as standard in Michelin star rated establishments...The Clove Club had an edge over every other Michelin establishment we have visited. It’s the little touches such as staff making general conversation and taking interest rather than just going through the standard service motions. And this went for every member of staff that dealt wit us, all were amazing and helped to make it a very special meal out. The dining room itself it’s very nicely situated, very nice decor, and best of all has an open kitchen so if you are lucky enough to be appointed the table facing the kitchen as we were ( and very grateful for indeed) you get to witness a Michelin star kitchen in full service flow which is fascinating to watch, especially with such a great team that appear to work very closely and well together eh eat with military like precision. Now the food. Again as with everything else already mentioned, it was outstanding. Every course was a delight in its own individual way, all had amazing elements brought together to give your palette an amazing culinary experience. The menu was also very well thought out, every course having its place and complimenting the courses that preceded then and were to follow. Further to that showing how great the food was I am very fussy with fish courses in general in respects to my enjoyment of them, they have to be pretty special for me to enjoy them. The menu today was predominantly fish dishes and every dish impressed me which takes some doing. Also have to throw out a special mention to the Loquat Sorbet course which is the best dessert course I think I’ve ever had, outrageously good. What else is there to say? Just go and don’t hesitate. Well deserved number 27 spot on the top 50 restaurants list, could easily be higher, same goes for its star rating too, felt like a 3 star. Final mentions are a thanks to the whole team for allowing us to take a photo with the kitchen team at the end, lovely touch. And I loved the old school bathrooms.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Clove Club for the first time recently and tried their tasting menu, paired with the non-alcoholic drink option. Firstly, the staff were really lovely, super attentive, friendly, and helpful. The location is in the middle of Shoreditch, which has really gone downhill...recently, but the Clove Club is very quiet and comfortable. In terms of the food, it was decent but nothing near the quality of other high-end restaurants we've eaten at, and the non-alcoholic pairing was mediocre at best, with some of the drinks coming from cans - we expected bespoke non-alcoholic cocktails, rather than pre-made cans of drink. The drinks were also given to us between courses, rather than with them, which kind of ruined the point of pairing them in the first place. The meal took 3.5 hours to finish, which was quite frankly ridiculous? There was so much space left between each course that halfway through we were already ready to leave. Other tasting menus we've had usually take 1.5-2 hours, 3.5 hours is super excessive and unnecessary. The bill at the end was around £460 for 2 people including a couple of extra drinks, which although we were aware of the price when we booked, seemed overly high considering the quality of the food and drink, and the immense wait between courses. I would have been happy to pay more like £200 in total for that quality of food. Other tasting menus we've had have been £100-£150 per person including a couple of non-alcoholic drinks, and have tasted twice as nice. I wouldn't recommend the Clove Club if you'd like somewhere fancy to eat, it seems more of a place you take people to flash your cash rather than actually experience the level of quality that you get when you pay this sort of price for a meal.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed November 4, 2020

Wow - I felt utterly spoilt at The Clove Club. The restaurant is cosy and welcoming, with tasteful decor and a gentle atmosphere. My friend and I ordered the set menu for £65 and were blown away at how delicious, and filling the experience was....The little appetisers were interesting and introduced us to amazing flavours - highlights were battered pollock, herb soup and raddish with a trout mayo. Highly recommend the cheese to finish with the port jelly - an incredible plate of a wide range of flavours. I would love to come back and would highly recommend. A stunning lunch that I will remember forever for under £100. Thank you CC!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed October 24, 2020 via mobile

Such a great experience. Being the first table in front of the kitchen was very special as we felt in the middle of a ballet scene. The food was so great, everything was cooked perfectly and the flavours on spot. Personal favorite: the sardine. I...will remember it. Service was impeccable with very attentive staff. If you have a special occasion, don’t hesitate to go, definitely one of the best restaurants in London!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 19, 2020 via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal here. All the food was fantastic although not all to my taste. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The only negative would be the wait between some courses was very long however we were offered a complimentary beetroot juice. We...ended up leaving just before the last course as it had been nearly 3 hours but they bagged it for us so we enjoyed at homeMore

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed October 12, 2020

Have visited several times in the past and was eagerly awaiting their re-opening. Clove Club continues to deliver in COVID times. As a gluten-free vegetarian, Michelin and fine dining restaurants are often a sub-par experience, but this is not the case with Clove Club. It...is excellent and one of my absolute, favourite restaurants. Wines were superb, staff are friendly and warm (no overbearing pretentiousness here) and it was an all round lovely experience. Staff took all necessary precautions to ensure safety - temperature checks, ample sanitiser, all staff wearing appropriate masks and a pre-meal email to check on symptoms. Desperately hope restaurants like this can survive these difficult times.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 2, 2020

Great ambiance and amazing food, with a very nice and close service every detail was a perfect dinner

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 26, 2020 via mobile

Wow what a meal. The food was sublime and the service impeccable. We had the tasting menu which was some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. Bravo

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed June 4, 2020

The short version: This is the best restaurant I have ever been. I love to eat. Food can be a horrible part of any travel, or it can make the memories of travel even sweeter. My girlfriend and I visited this restaurant three years ago...and we still talk about it, still compare it to every restaurant we go, still smile with the memory of the food, the servers and the busboy. We've been to many, many great restaurants since, but none compares (others have been in the area, but not close). We didn't visit in July 2019 as stated below, but July 2017. The long version: Three years ago, my girlfriend was diagnosed with breast cancer and she would have to go through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I love to travel and have done so, but she had very little experience with travel of any sort. London is my go-to town for fun and a bit of adventure (but not typically for food, though that has been changing in the last ten years or so). She was allowed a break between the surgery and the chemo, so when she healed and felt well enough, we made our way to London. It was a great two weeks. We ate great food, saw great shows (the Ferryman was spectacular). It was everything I could have hoped for for the woman I love to look back on while going through the rigors of chemo to remember good times and to give her hope and strength. I did not think that our meal at the Clove Club would be the highlight of the trip, that while she was going through chemotherapy and the only thing that she could keep down was a bagel with cream cheese that she would think of the great meal we had and the great people who worked there. To start, it was not the greatest day. Some of our plans fell apart and we had a mediocre lunch, but, of course, we made the best of it. So when the time came for dinner, we were actually a bit tired and a little done in. We were met at the door by a somewhat largish gentleman who took our names before letting us in. Our very nice Matre d' directed us to our table and off we were. We ordered the tasting menu with the wine paring. Andrea, my girlfriend, was raised in Washington wine country and so has a somewhat good vocabulary when it comes to wine. I just like to drink it, but I pay attention. We did not know any of the wines on the menu at all. The sommelier was a wonderful woman who loved to talk wine. We talked about American wines and she talked about every other kind. She was nice and cheery, informative and receptive. We learned so much about the wine she was serving and she presented each one such that it felt like a brand new experience with each taste (which it was). The dinner was superb. I was, at first, skeptical. One of the first items we were served was pieces of fried chicken. I was raised in the southern part of the United States in an area known for its fried chicken. Fried chicken is easy to make, but easy to ruin and difficult to really make taste good. The fried chicken at the Clove Club was magnificent. It was not dry, but not greasy. It had a great flavor with just the right amount of spice to it. I was hooked. Every item on the menu not necessarily better than the one before, but all exceptionally good. Every item a different experience. Some an explosion of flavors, others a subtle hint. And every one paired to perfection with the wine. The funny thing is, that as good as the food was (and the food was really, really good), we talk just as much about how good all the servers were. The stand-out was, of course, the man in the bright green suit (I'm sorry, but I don't remember your name), not just because he had a bright green suit, but that he had the personality to pull off wearing a bright green suit in a serious venue. I thank you, because you put me at ease and allowed me to enjoy myself and experience everything not at 'a Michelin starred, one of the 50 best restaurants', but at a nice evening out with a fine meal and stellar company. Even the young man busing the tables was great company with a slight edge. On one plate was left a little sauce to which he asked if I wanted some bread to sop it up. I replied 'no', but that I could understand if someone wanted to lick the plate. He told me, in a nice way, that I would regret my decision, and he was absolutely right. To this day, I regret not getting that bread. Why am I writing this three years later? We recently rearranged the furniture and the menu was behind a dresser. We had such a good time recounting the whole trip and the dinner specifically, that I thought the people at the restaurant might like to know. I know that the staff probably has changed a bit, and that, to me, is too bad as we loved every one of them and had an absolutely marvelous time. Andrea is still cancer free and we are thankful for the memory of a bright spot in an otherwise dark time in our lives. Thank you.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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May 16, 2018|
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Response from joan3 | Reviewed this property |
Need to check it's a set menu no choice
February 20, 2018|
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Response from Mimi0267 | Reviewed this property |
It is best to go for the taster menu with the different wines, this way you will taste all the beautiful food they prepare and for the sitting area I was in the main room when the kitchen is, you see the food being cooked in... More
June 10, 2017|
Response from phillipg601 | Reviewed this property |
The 9 course menu is £110 , however you get 3 snacks before so it really is a 12 course meal , not too much food and because of the quality of everything I rate it as good value . I hope you find this helpful.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4