When I first heard the name ‘Clerkenwell Grind’, I can’t say I was interested. It sounded like coffee was involved, and I don’t tend to have many nice nor necessarily terrible things to say about that beverage (except for the days I’m dog tired and that bitter nectar is the only thing that can fix me). Anyway, I was a bit hasty in my judgement. It turns out that not only is Clerkenwell Grind is a very cool, very reasonably-priced place in an old warehouse building to go for food and cocktails, but you don’t need to love coffee to visit. But if you do, you’ll be pleased to know that, like all of the other Grind branches (there are loads), they’ve nailed that too.
Clerkenwell Grind: one for the hit list
I was invited to try CG a few days after Christmas. Given the timing and its location in the city, the atmosphere was pretty dead that evening – but the excellent food more than made up for it. I had a gorgeous fig starter, followed by a perfectly grilled sea bass with kale on the side. And if I wasn’t on my low-cal diet at the time, I would’ve wrapped up dinner with the lemon cheesecake because there are few things better in life than LEMON CHEESECAKE.
So if you work in the Clerkenwell / Barbican / Old Street areas, Clerkenwell Grind should definitely be on the hit list, if only to let me know what you think of it. I reckon you’ll be impressed. In the meantime, check out pics from my visit below: