Now in its fifth year Clerkenwell Design Week is an intellectual feast showcasing established and emerging design talent in an historic setting. Visitors will undoubtedly work up an appetite pounding the cobbled pavements but luckily this creative hub, said to be home to more architects per square mile than anywhere on the planet, gives equal time to gastronomy. Craft your culinary experience with this selection of Clerkenwell’s best food and drink destinations.
Despite its name this Antipodean stronghold is a permanent fixture on Exmouth Market, a thriving street in the centre of Clerkenwell. Founded by New Zealander Miles Kirby, formerly head chef at Providores in Marleybone, the open plan venue houses a restaurant and bustling bar. Java junkies take note: the basement has been converted into a roaster. The food menu is diverse with squid pancakes (accompanied by Japanese brown sauce and seaweed salt) sitting comfortably alongside spicy pork filled honey glazed gypsy buns. Food options change daily as ingredients are seasonal.
11-13 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QD
Workshop Coffee Co
The beans mean business at this coffee-centric cafe. As they are expertly sourced and roasted onsite customers are guaranteed much more than an ordinary cup of joe. Exposed brick is balanced by flower arrangements and a living plant wall, creating a spacious, light feeling. As for food the rare breed hamburger in a brioche bun with comté cheese, chipotle mayonnaise and fried ratte potatoes is standout as is the toasted banana bread with date and orange jam and espresso mascarpone at brunch.
27 Clerkenwell Road London, London EC1M 5RN
The Modern Pantry
Head chef Anna Hansen creates simple, modern, fusion fare in this glass-fronted establishment on St. John’s Square. The New Zealander was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to the restaurant industry. Despite descriptions that may bewilder, the dishes themselves deliver fully on flavour. The menu changes often, as it follows the seasons, but if available try the sugar-cured prawn omelette with green chilli, spring onion, coriander and smoked chilli sambal.
For Clerkenwell Design Week, The Modern Pantry will be offering delegates a complimentary glass of prosecco with lunch and dinner bookings.
48 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JJ