REVIEW: Clerkenwell Grind
WHY GO? The bright and comprehensive brunch menu includes bottomless Processo for £12 – and the prices get better from there.
Beautiful pink and blue decor, classic soul music, sunny staff and a seriously good selection of coffees make a breakfast spot where we’d happily start every Saturday.
WHERE? Careful, now – the address *is* Old Street, but this isn’t to be confused with the small chain’s original branch on Old Street roundabout (Shoreditch Grind). You’ll find Clerkenwell Grind in a former warehouse, the interior dolled up with dusty pink and navy blue banquettes, plus neon wall art from epic Canadian tattoo artist Curt Montgomery.
The Grind roastery couldn’t be closer, its coffee deserved of its feverish praise. The house blend comprises three central American beans – 53% Guatemala La Bolsa, 27% Buenos Aires and 27% Costa Rica El Cipres. Together they build a nutty, smooth chocolate base balanced out with some Guatemalan sweetness. Coffee not your thing? Wholesome cold-pressed juice manages to taste as good as it looks and there’s plenty of tea, too.
HOW MUCH? A full English breakfast will set you back £10 (average pricing for this type of cafe, if anything, slightly cheaper than others), while Breakfast Focaccia with egg, bacon, sausage and aioli is a sweet £7.50. If you’re really starving, a spatchcock chicken with spinach and potato is £13 or you can get a towering great cheeseburger for £12. We haven’t seen value like this for a while, and the food’s delicious, too.
By midday the vibe was lively (read: boozy), a big table celebrating a birthday with plenty of that £12 Prosecco. While brilliant for big groups, we’d happily come back to read the paper in a quiet corner (perhaps booking for pre-12pm for guaranteed zen).
Turning into a quirky bar come nightfall with a basement club to boot, Clerkenwell Grind’s got something to offer no matter what time you turn up. Start with an Espresso Martini and see how you go from there…
DETAILS: Grind.co.uk/clerkenwellgrind / 020 3019 7177 / 2-4 Old Street, London, EC1V 9AA