25 April 2014

Earlham Street Clubhouse

35 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LD

Bars , Pizza Covent Garden
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Under new owners, the serpentine den that once housed Detroit now looks elsewhere for inspiration. A New England boardwalk bar circa JFK is the retro theme for cocktails and well-judged, wood-fired, sourdough pizzas topped with, say fennel sausage or mushrooms and ricotta. Design your own app-controlled soundtrack on a 60s Wurlitzer jukebox, and choose drinks from menus dangling from the ceiling – perhaps a Clubhouse lagerita or power ranger (a Bulleit bourbon, red wine and apricot jam sour). Fun touches are set to include at-table beer pumps and table-to-table phones for flirting in true 50s style: invite the new apple of your eye to share a spring break (one of various bowls from £38). Otherwise, this buzzy, loud basement has ‘schooners’ of beer and wine from £4 a glass, as Coney Island comes to Covent Garden.

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 11th December 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Earlham Street Clubhouse

    Earlham Street Clubhouse is a newly opened bar that serves wood fired thin crust pizzas on Earlham Street in Covent Garden (the same road as Flesh and Buns). I was invited down to give it a whirl and as I’ve recently become addicted to pizzas thanks to the likes of Homeslice and Pizza Pilgrims I was a touch excited. It was quite an unusual layout as there wasn’t one main area – there were plenty of nooks and crannies. At both ends there were booths for larger parties and in the middle a narrow and slightly cramped bar. We were seated opposite the open kitchen by the entrance area. As it’s a basement restaurant it was dark and the music was very loud; it had a fun clubby atmosphere...
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  2. Published : Thursday, 14th November 2013

    laymytable :: The Earlham Street Clubhouse

    If I’m totally honest, having been disappointed by places with a bit of a gimmick, or several, I arrived at Earlham Street Clubhouse very skeptical. It was described as ’90s American pop culture (think Clueless, Fugees) meets East Coast chic (preppy, tartan shirts, slacks, pleated skirts à la Upper East Side school girl intertwined with Abercrombie). The decor features an eclectic (‘you plug your box in the wall and you get power, stupid.’ ‘Not electric, eclectic. Stupid.’) mix of reclaimed wood panelling contributing to beachside Hamptons boardwalk glamour, vintage tin signs, high school yearbook photos of celebs and imported Coney Island fairground lights crossed with battered suede seating. There’s a main area, styled with exposed brick, framed varsity flags, a jukebox, a beautiful copper topped Victorian mahogany long bar and a wonderfully open kitchen, which features a wood-fired stone pizza oven...
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