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Oct 1, 2011 12:45 AM

Accidental eats at the Zetter Townhouse - Clerkenwell [London]

Just behind the Zetter hotel (home to Bistro Bruno Loubet), the Zetter Townhouse is a beautifully-atmospheric traditional cocktail bar. I'm not a big cocktails man but the list is designed by the team behind 69 Colebrooke Row and my girlfriend seems to think they are among the best in London.

We've been quite often but we ended up eating there for the first time last night through laziness and it comes very nicely recommended as a venue for drinks and nibbles. Grilled octupus ladled with ink, lovely merguez on a bed of curried chickpeas. Halloumi was nice although nothing out of the ordinary and then we had an excellent charcuterie plate with pate.

You go there for the cocktails but if you do I'd recommend some food as well.

The Clerkenwell
69-73 St. John Street, London EC1M 4AN, GB

The Zetter
86-88 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RJ, GB

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  1. I know this is old, but wanted to say that we stayed at Zetter last year and also enjoyed getting drinks and small plates at the Zetter townhouse. We are back in London next month and would love to go back to the Zetter for drinks. There was another restaurant close by that we never tried-I believe Modern Pantry. Any feedback on that place?

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    1. re: macdog

      Yeah, Modern Pantry is pretty good in my view. More Asian influenced than most of the other places in that area, quite modern Australian, I guess, if that description means anything to you.

      I'd probably pick Bruno Loubet instead, but that's my preference for French over pan-Asianish, both are good examples of their breed.

      1. re: macdog

        The modern pantry is pretty decent. It's does that fusion thing that can be awful but along with Peter Gordon, Anna Hansen probably does it better than anywhere else in London.

        Highly recommended for brunch as well.

        Don't forget Workshop across the road for your morning coffee.