23 July 2014

The Earlham Street Clubhouse

35 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LD

Bars , Pizza Covent Garden
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-12M Sun 12N-11.30pm

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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 : Tuesday, 15th July 2014

    MotleySpicer :: Review: Earlham St Clubhouse

    Thanks to the new job, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything let alone gone out for a big night. But it was Dan’s 25th birthday party and that seemed like a good excuse to finally get around to checking out Earlham St Clubhouse – a solid contender for the best pizza in London. ESC is 90s themed bar that happens to also serve up a pretty good pie. The décor is eclectic and kitschy– from the phones at each booth (ours was a red stiletto) to the ingenious use of suspenders to hang menus from the ceiling – but it does all add to the charm. Price-wise, the pizzas and cocktails are both reasonable so it’s a spot almost everyone can be happy checking out...
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  2. The final way I took advantage of an empty London before Christmas was to go down to Earlham Street Clubhouse with a few friends and not even bother to make a reservation. I knew the place had a sort of retro 90s feel (how I am groaning that the 90s are now considered retro enough to be a theme) that did pizza and cocktails, which seemed like the perfect combination over which a group of girls could have a gossip. It actually wasn't as retro as I was picturing - it was in fact, quite stylish, with white plus booths in cosily lit smallish nooks. Only the odd touch provided the 90s reference points and a bit of quirk - the hanging cocktail menus for example (practical as well as fun) and the burger phones at every booth. I'm sure I remember reading that you could call up other booths to have a flirt or whatever, but when we tried calling our own booth from the phone next door, nothing happened. Disappointing...
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  3. 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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  4. 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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