The Clarence Tavern, on buzzing Stoke Newington Church Street, is the latest from the people who brought you gastropub pioneer Anchor & Hope in Waterloo. Opened in March 2020, and almost immediately being forced to close, it has fought back to place its reserved sign firmly among London’s good food pubs.
Its stripped back interior and outside terrace are the kind of places where you can really relax and enjoy what the kitchen has to offer, alongside an extensive range of drinks that include craft beers from the new Brewpoint brewery in Bedford and a wine list that covers all the bases.
The food comes in boldly flavoured pub-sized portions. Starters veer from harissa roasted carrots, herb tahini and almond to smoked cod’s roe and pickled cucumber on toast to burrata and marinated rainbow chard.
Among the mains you may find skate, spiced brown shrimp and samphire, guinea fowl ragu with fried polenta, cavalo nero and parmesan or slow-cooked lamb to share between two or three.
For that special occasion you can also hire the bright and airy dining room upstairs, with space for up to 26 people.