Brunch at Clipstone, Fitzrovia is as lunch-like as any brunching can be! This is not a negative. I can get a bit bored of seeing the same things on a brunch menu, even in London. Here you can get scrambled eggs on toast (of sorts) but you can also get exciting sharing plates with a base on classic cooking. The brunch menu includes a selection of Bloody Mary cocktails.
Clipstone restaurant is great if you need brunch for a crowd or a table for two. It sits on the corner of a quiet street of the same name in Fitzrovia and has plenty of outside tables for two, some have a view of the BT tower.
Inside the dining room is no frills and clean. Wooden floors, uncomfortable looking seats (actually pretty decent on the derrière) and an open kitchen.
We sat by the bar where vast glass containers held mixtures of alcohol and fruits (mainly, tho’ veg occasionally).
The menu is based on classical dishes, but here they are reinvented with tantalising twists.
These are a bit like sausage rolls, but the best you may have ever eaten.
The dishes arrive as and when the kitchen prepares them. Don’t let this bother you, it is wonderfully timed so each course gets it’s due attention.
This lamb carpaccio was incredibly soft!
This simple looking asparagus dish was one of my favourites. A perfectly made sabayon with gently cooked seasonal asparagus.
Try one of their cocktails. One of my favourites was their Cherry & Plum Gin Sour.
This vol au vent was possibly our favourite brunch dish. It is a far cry from my memory of them from the 80’s. This one has light flakey pastry and scrumptious deeply flavoursome fish and a soft egg that melts open.
We found the service at Clipstone to be extremely efficient, friendly and knowledgable with wine and cocktail choices.
Beautifully soft cod with a classic Spanish garlic sauce and spring veg frites.
We possibly ordered too much, our default setting. But we were happy not to have missed this Longhorn beef dish. I couldn’t stop eating the potatoes even tho’ I was getting full.
It didn’t take much arm twisting to get pudding at our brunch. I find it brilliantly fun and indulgent when there are desserts on a brunch menu, like this spot on panna cotta.
This lemon meringue was also a favourite at our table. The basil sauce was a clever touch.
We would definitely recommend brunch at Clipstone, Fitzrovia, there was very little to fault. So make sure you go hungry and avoid wearing silk (the lack of upholstery will have you slipping off the chairs!).
Clipstone, 5 Clipstone St, London W1W 6BB