Comprising the area between Smithfield and Exmouth markets, there's an awful lot of promise tucked away in these back streets. But it's fairly easy to wander around the Farringdon area looking for that place that's a cut above the rest. But don't worry - here's where to find the best restaurants in Clerkenwell...
Anglo has been set up by Mark Jarvis, ex head chef of the Bingham in Richmond. The aim for Anglo is to create accessible modern British fine dining. That's an a la carte meal at lunchtime and a single set menu in the evening. Expect inventive food with a British twist.
This is from Hawksmoor's Will Becket and Huw Gott. There will be lesser known cuts of meat on the menu such and Executive chef Richard Turner has also been hard at work on the menu coming up with treats such as Six-hour Bacon Ribs and Eight-hour Beef Shortrib.
The Quality Chop House, which has been open since 1869, at one point looked in danger of disappearing forever before it was lovingly restored by Will Lander and Josie Stead. Now it's both a restaurant and wine bar featuring menus that are created in the morning based on what's been delivered. Come for the very best of British cooking, or just as easily pop in for charcuterie or wine or to pick something up from the adjoining butcher and deli.
Back in 1997 when Moro first opened, Exmouth Market was still a scruffy Clerkenwell street and this restaurant with its implausibly good looking bar staff and open kitchen was the second most exciting thing to happen to the area food-wise since The Eagle threw open its doors. Run by the marvellously-monikered Sam and Sam Clark, it's still turning out great food in a room that's packed every day of the week. Grab a glass of sherry up at the bar, or nab one of the more sought-after window tables and enjoy a lazy, boozy afternoon here.
Anna Hansen's journey to the Modern Pantry took in two Peter Gordon restaurants - The Sugar Club and The Providores, both known for their inventive fusion cuisine. So it's no surprise that the menu here is peppered with unusual food pairings, not to mention plenty of ingredients you'll probably need the waiter to illuminate you on.
Mark Hix's restaurant was much anticipated by foodies and critics alike, but the most interesting thing about the reviews for his first independent venture was how different an experience dining there was for his friends, the well-known critics, versus the internet critics. Time will tell if Hix's two-tiered customer service (his friends versus the general public) will continue to fill his restaurant.
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