Listen up Claptoner’s, we think we’ve found E5’s best roast dinner.
You might not have come across Clapton Country Club due to its location – tucked away down the cobbled road that leads to Blok, it’s not really one you stumble upon.
However it’s been gaining quite the reputation as a gorgeous wedding venue (check out their Insta to see what they get up too!), so we’ve been dying to have a snoop around. As luck would have it, every Sunday they open up their doors for their Sunday Club, so even if you don’t have any upcoming nuptials planned, you can still get in on the action.
The cavernous space is well worth a look. Retaining its industrial vibe (it used to be an old tram shed) it’s been lovingly restored with huge beams, steel columns and distressed brickwork. The long communal tables are perfect for big groups of celebrating friends and the live jazz adds to the noisy jovial atmosphere.
The wine list is pretty special with a focus on small vineyards and biodynamic producers. If you fancy splurging, you’ll get your hands on a top notch bottle here.
With no starters available, we got stuck straight into the roast offering. There’s a whopping three vegan options – two nut roasts and roasted harissa spiced baby cauliflower with all the trimmings. We would never normally go for the nut roast but were so glad we did – the pastry casting was right up our street, like a little slice of pie – and no mushrooms in sight – hurrah!
If meat tickles your pickle there’s a choice of Scottish prime rib-eye roast beef or Norfolk Gold corn fed roast chicken with lemon, rosemary and thyme herb infusions – both of which are free range and cooked to perfection.
Portions are generous and all the sides are first-rate – think heritage carrots, petit parsnips, roasted herbed potatoes, seasonal greens, creamed leeks, a Yorkshire pudding & meat stock gravy.
We just about managed to squeeze in a slice of sticky toffee pudding for the road which, although not as good as my nan’s, we’d order again.
If you like the sound of that, be sure you make a reservation – it’s strictly booking only.