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“All promise, not substance.”

Caravan Exmouth Market
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Ranked #2,638 of 24,420 Restaurants in London
Price range: $9 - $34
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Clerkenwell
Description: Located in vibrant, pedestrianised exmouth market, caravan is a bright and airy space with glazed frontage on two sides and an outside terrace on the market. Serving our signature well travelled breakfast and all day food and drink menus, and freshly roasted coffee from our in house coffee roastery, our style is relaxed, open and friendly. Come for a coffee with the morning paper or a cocktail and small plates in the evening or anything in between!
Reviewed December 16, 2012

I reserved online (four of us) using their booking system and was reminded via email that the table needed to be freed 2 hours after we'd eaten. The restaurant called to confirm and again reminded of the 2 hour rule. On arrival, the laconic chappy on reception again reminded that the table was only for two hours. Frankly, I don't care if restaurants want their tables back two hours later. That depends on the quality of service and fare.

This place likes itself and we wanted to also. First timers all of us and went on a recommendation. This isn't cos we are uncool, it's cos we are busy people with reasonable expectations. The menu looked great. We all chose one small plate as starter (average £6 a play) and one larger (average £15). All the starters pitched well but the delivery was not great. Rabbit and savoy cabbage tasted of nothing, the foccacia was dry and everything was over powered by the berry thing that covered the terrine. Others had similar feedback on their's, deep fried duck egg was bland, the croquettes with chroizo were bland and the copped liver was bland. There were no flavours!!!

The mains were more successful but just about. The lamb tagine had two tiny pieces of lamb. The wagyu beef came out good, but the wasabi peas were cold. The roast chicken sounded good, but was too fusioney to work, spoilt by a chewy savoury granola... so wrong.

Price-wise the place is right but the sum of the parts leaves a bit missing.

Oh and the table wasn't needed when we left 1 and 3/4 hours later.

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Thank N L
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Reviewed November 28, 2012 via mobile

Relaxed restaurent. Tasty food but agree service was a litte low. But the restaurent was very busy and they were very obliging when 15 of us turned up without a booking :)

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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Was pleasantly surprised at the quality of food here on a first visit on a recent Friday night. Turned up around 7pm and although the place was almost full, we were able to get seated at a large rustic wooden table at the back of the restaurant, which felt quite cosy and away from the main seating area.

The 3 dishes we ordered from the interesting menu - not often you see grits on a menu at a place like this - were all tasty; for me, the highlight being the mackerel with avocado salsa (see pic). Croquettes were good too with a crisp coating and flecks of smokey chorizo accompanied by a saffron aioli. Wine list is pretty extensive with a good selection.

Service was, on the whole, very good while we were seated, with helpful, friendly suggestions from the waitress. Some of the staff at the bar were less professional however, with little care taken with punters' enquiries about drinks. As one fellow diner was overheard saying, "the criteria for recruiting bar staff here must be to have floppy hair, look like a student and project an air of surliness." Maybe a tad on the harsh side given the type of place it is, but I know what they mean...

Overall, very enjoyable and I would happily return to try out a few more of their small plates.

PS. Not recommended if you have a problem with unisex toilets!

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Reviewed November 24, 2012

We didn't place a reservation - I don't think you can on the Sunday - which is a shame as it is extremely busy.

We went about half 1 for a late brunch with friends and we were not disappointed. Whilst we had to wait a good half an hour, if not more, for a table, it was certainly worth it. You get given a fake flour bag and escorted to the bar, where we decided to indulge and start off with bellinis, which were lovely and refreshing.

The staff were very friendly and attentive, very talkative and happy to answer any questions we had. The menu has a great choice of food for brunch and I was torn between three before eventually settling on the Smoked Haddock and Leek Rarebit, which was absolutely delicious! My friends both got the Caravan Fry-Up with wild boar sausage on the side and both were very happy.
The portions are very good, especially for the price, and we were happy to leave a generous tip.

They're renowned for their coffee and we were certainly not disappointed. I had two lattes and my friend the cappuccino, both delicious.

There was a very diverse crowd, from groups of new parents with their kids, to couples and groups of friends, so it really suits anyone's taste. The layout and venue itself must be praised, very modern and spacious.

I couldn't recommend this place more, especially for brunch, definitely a place to return, again and again!

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Excellent coffee, a bit slow service, very nice dining room, well prepared food, great range of drinks (hot, cold, juices. vine and cocktails.

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Thank MortenTjelum
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