Tuesday, 27 March 2018

London | Where to eat in Exmouth Market

Deciding where to stay in London is never easy. It's a big old city with lots going on and each neighbourhood has it's own perks. When we found ourselves staying in the Farringdon Travelodge, further North than our usual haunts, we weren't sure what to expect. Just a 5 minute walk away we discovered Exmouth Market - a lovely little street full of quirky cafes, bars and restaurants - so I thought I'd share my tips on where to eat in Exmouth Market.


Caravan

The Caravan brand is well known across London. Situated on the corner of Exmouth Market, you can't miss it. We checked out the breakfast menu on a Monday morning, sipping cappuccinos and green teas while we reflected on our weekend.


The Caravan Fry was Gordon's favourite breakfast of the trip - fluffy scrambled eggs on chunky sourdough toast, topped with thick slabs of bacon and a side of field mushrooms. I'm a sucker for a baked egg dish, and while this wasn't the best I've ever had, it was a perfectly tasty mix of tomato and pepper ragout with egg, greek yoghurt, merguez sausage and a delicious flatbread to soak it all up.

Caravan | 11-13 Exmouth Market, London


Shawarma Bar

You're spoiled for choice with restaurants at exmouth market so we went by whichever had the shortest waiting list on the Friday evening! Luckily for us it was Berber & Q's Shawarma bar.

A feast of Middle Eastern cuisine, we found the menu a little confusing but with some help from the staff we were sorted. Sharing is recommended - we started with some juicy lamb kofte and a huge bowl of delicious hummus topped with crispy chickpeas and a myriad of spices, mopped up with pita. 


Filled pitas were served street food style as our main course. Mine was jam packed with spicy harissa chicken, salad and tahini, while his was stuffed with beef short rib and pickles. They were a dream, and don't even get me started on the side of crispy potatoes, smothered in whipped feta and chilli pangrittata - a spicy, crispy breadcrumb topping. OMG. 


If I'm honest, I'd say skip dessert - while the yoghurt with plums and crunchy biscuit topping was tasty, it wasn't the "cheesecake" I was expecting. Enjoy a Peach Habibi cocktail instead!

Berber & Q - Shawarma Bar | 46 Exmouth Market, London


The Wilmington

Nothing beats a proper roast dinner on a Sunday. Technically not on Exmouth Market but tucked away just behind it, the Wilmington appears to be a typical old London boozer but inside you'll find a stylish and cosy interior. We arrived early for our booking so enjoyed a couple of No3 gins in the bar first. The staff here were fantastic and even brought us a glass of fizz as an apology for our table not being ready on time. (We didn't actually mind but I'm not one to turn down free booze!)


No word of a lie, the pork belly dish was the best Sunday roast I've ever had. The epic crackling, the giant homemade Yorkshire pudding, the perfect roast potatoes, honey glazed root veg, even the cabbage... I couldn't fault any of it! His ribeye steak with rosemary chips was just as epic so I'm told - we'd had big plans for dessert and post dinner cocktails but ended up rolling back to the hotel for a lie down instead! 

The Wilmington | 69 Rosebery Avenue, London


This guide gives you just a hint of the choices of where to eat in Exmouth Market - there were so many more places I'd of loved to try but just didn't have time! If you're around Clerkenwell I highly recommend the three restaurants we visited, and next time I hope to check out Exmouth Market Grind as well!

Where would you recommend to eat in London?

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