In just a couple of years, the number of choices for dining out in Clapton has expanded at an unprecedented rate. At least 16 new food businesses have opened since Wily Badger’s summer print edition. And that’s not including the pop ups, the new street food stalls at Chatsworth Road Market, or the wine and craft beer shops that have also opened.
See some of the best restaurants below:
Cave of Plunder
201 Lower Clapton Road, E5 8EG
Open: Mon-Sat: 12:00-23:00, Sun: 12:00-22:00
What it is: Multi award winning milkshake bar, pizzeria & diner. Featured in Time Out and voted in top 5 coffee houses in Hackney. Delivery service available.
They say: “…[Cave of Plunder] is a rather wonderful cafe featuring a range of freshly ground Nude Espresso coffees. Don’t worry if coffee isn’t your thing though, Cave of Plunder also have a milkshake bar that has attracted something of a cult following among local students” Hackney Post
Last edited: 13th July 2014
181 Lower Clapton Road, E5 8EQ 0208 533 1057
Open Tues-Fri 8.30-22.30, Sat 10:00-22.30, Sunday 12:00-22.30
What it is: An emphasis on the community and a no-nonsense approach to food. By day a cosy café providing home baked muffins, focaccia, simple breakfasts and wholesome lunches; evening sittings offer an ever-evolving menu of stews and one-pot dishes served with crusty bread, carafes of wine and locally brewed beers and ales.
They say: Recently voted fifth best hidden night time gem in London’s Time Out.
Sodo Pizza Cafe
126 Upper Clapton Road E5 9JY 020 8806 5626
Tue-Sat 12:00-22:00 (closed Sunday/Monday)
What it is: Pizza place with eat-in or takeaway.
Signature: Margherita Sourdough Pizza £6.00, Homemade Ginger Ale £2.00, Cured Meat Sourdough Pizza £9.00
They say: “…serving a concise choice of sourdough, stonebaked pizzas. Sodo uses ingredients sourced from the finest local suppliers.” View London
Shane’s on Chatsworth
62 Chatsworth Road E5 0LS 0208 985 3755
Open Tue-Thu 18:00-22:30, Fri 12:00-23:30, Sat 11:30-23:30, Sun 11:30-21:00
What it is: British food focussed on game and fish. Seasonal and sourced from Britain.
They say: “Shane’s of Chatsworth has just made Clapton into a proper dinner destination…focus on British food, seasonality and local ingredients…booking is essential” Timeout
Creperie du Monde
51 Chatsworth Road E5 0LH 020 8525 5735
Open every day from 8:00-21:00
What it is: creperie with international influence
90 Lower Clapton Road E5 0QR 020 7502 3288
Tues-Sun 9:30-23:00 (delivery service 18:00-22:30)
What it is: family-run Pizzeria/Italian restaurant with delivery service. Friendly atmosphere.
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