Fare Bar + Canteen | Old Street Bar & Restaurant
Michael Sager and Marcis Dzelzainis have a lot in common.
1) A history at Hackney wine bar, Sager + Wilde, where the former was a co-founder and the latter their talented mixologist.
2) The initial ‘M’.
Grade 8 tap dancing They’ve both opeend a bar and restaurant in Clerkenwell, serving Modern European dishes, exquisite cocktails, bespoke coffee and over 250 bottles of wine.
This last one, it turns out, is not just a very specific and unlikely coincidence… because it’s the same place. It’s called Fare, and it’s settled over two floors of the Morelands building; a recently renovated cluster of mid-century creative warehouses in Clerkenwell.
In essence, it’s bar and restaurant that morphs from breezy breakfast spot to late night wine bar, with elegant marble dining counters and reclaimed vintage lighting offset by industrial crittal doors and windows, a bustling open kitchen, and a huge cement and glass skylight between the ground and basement floors. Here’s how it breaks down.
On the ground floor, you’ll find a grab & go coffee area overseen by Brixton roasters Assembly, who have created a bespoke roast for Fare. Beside that there’s a casual bar, with natural wines stocking the shelves and almost a dozen cocktails on tap, including a Nitro Vodka Espresso and the Rum + Coconut, a piña colada boosted with lemon hydrosol (a distilled botanical water). Finally, there’s a canteen space, where you’ll spot that open kitchen and dining counter, serving small plates and dishes from the robata grill – expect Basque-style stuffed mussels; sweet potato and taleggio calzones with pickled turnip; and an Istanbul-style ‘wet burger’ with sweet paprika & sour cucumber.
Downstairs in the basement is the more intimate bar & restaurant, with a 250+ collection of bottles plucked from Sager + Wilde’s roster of lesser-known, independent growers, and tailor-made cocktails (they’ve even created their own tonic, just to show off the spirits best). And they’re not dropping the ball when it comes to food, either – on pans is former Ellory chef Thomas Raymond, who’s cooking up seasonal dishes taking inspiration from Britain and the Mediterranean.
The smaller numbers include fried artichoke with dill sauce & black olive; or warm beetroot with Cashel blue cheese. Going larger, you can expect whole flame grilled mackerel with pomegranate chermoula; slow-cooked Suffolk lamb shoulder to share; and celeriac spaetzle with cacklebean egg.
Sounds like it’ll fare pretty well.
NOTE: Fare Bar + Canteen is open now. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
Fare Bar + Canteen | 11 Old Street, EC1V 9HL
Looking for a nightcap spot? Head along to The Gibson