When I was brought to the Artisan of Clerkenwell on a date last week I was expecting a trendy but typical bar. But after spending the evening there, I have to admit that it is much more. To start with, I instantly liked the look of the place. The funky industrial decor is interlaced with vintage touches; I particularly liked the teacup candles on all the tables.
We started our evening with a glass of wine and a game of table football. Though this massively brought out my competitive streak, it really broke the ice and filled any moments of silence that naturally happen on those first few dates. By the time we’d played a few games and finished our drinks, we felt more relaxed which put on a good track for the rest of the evening.
As this bar is pretty big, we had no problem securing one of the sofas which gave us the chance to chat some more now that we had both settled into the evening.
As the evening continued, we couldn’t help but notice the delicious looking food coming out of the kitchen so we decided to stay on for dinner and were seated upstairs at a table overlooking the bar. Though we were tempted by the British-style tapas menu which included dishes like shepherd’s pie croquettes and sticky cola pork ribs, we decided to go for a main course each. I eventually chose the seaside catch of the day dish, which for me was fillet of seabass with lentils while my date went for the steak burger in a sour dough bun. I was really impressed by the quality of food that came out, as I quite often find that a good bar doesn’t always equal good food. But luckily, this most definitely wasn’t the case at the Artisan of Clerkenwell.
Overall, the evening went off without a hitch and I would definitely come back. Though it is definitely a trendy bar, of which there are plenty in London, the overall package that the Artisan of Clerkenwell brings makes it stand out from the crowd.