Critics seem to love this place.
You could call them Anglo-philes.
And it’s not surprising, considering the ludicrous standard of food wafting out of the kitchen courtesy of founder Mark Jarvis – previously at the Michelin-starred Texture and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons under Raymond Blanc.
The interiors were done up on a shoestring after scraping together start-up funds from friends and family. The result is a sophisticated, understated space with simple cream and grey walls, plain wooden furniture and low lighting, worn without a hint of self-consciousness. It’s the perfect backdrop to the Turner-prize worthy creations that the chefs will be hand-delivering to your table.
Said dishes are modern British in nature; usually based on a deceptively simple trio of seasonal ingredients that can sound a bit weird on paper but are majestic in their execution. Lunch comes as an a la carte or five-course set offering, whilst dinner is a seven-course tasting menu with an optional pairing with wines and ciders.
Or as we like to call it, mandatory.
Menus change weekly but you can expect recurring favourites like the bite-sized burnt leek tartlet and scallop tartare amuse-bouches alongside seasonal specials like asparagus with marjoram and sorrel. At the heart of the tasting menu you’ll find dishes along the lines of lamb with violet artichoke and anchovy, Isle of Mull scallop with white beetroot and chamomile, and the umami-heavy cheese and onion on malt loaf, finishing off with tangy desserts like lemon curd with horseradish that could well be the most heavenly thing you have ever tasted…
Not that they’re angling for compliments.
NOTE: Anglo is open for lunch Tues-Sat and dinner Mon-Sat, with a break in service in the afternoon. You can find out more on their website HERE.
Anglo | 30 St Cross Street, Ec1N 8UH
If you like this place… you’ll probably like The Clove Club.