Caravan Exmouth Market 1

11-13 Exmouth Market , London, EC1R 4QD

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SquareMeal Review of Caravan Exmouth Market

The whizz-kids behind Caravan Coffee Roasters have come a long way since opening their first gaff on Exmouth Market. Now spread across the capital, each site follows the formula with urban-industrial interiors and a seasonally changing all-day menu bristling with ideas from around the world – including the jamon and smoked san simon croquettes with saffron mayonnaise. A sure-fire winner with vegetarians (try the green quinoa grain bowl with burnt grelots, grilled broccoli, miso verde, sprouts and cashews), this mini-chain also offers delicious pizzas at its larger sites, alongside the small-batch coffees that helped to kick-start London’s latest love affair with caffeine. Caravan set the bar high with its trendy brunch options too (we like the paprika and spring onion waffle with thick cut bacon and maple-date butter). A packed, convivial dining room is pretty much guaranteed, ably buoyed by reasonable prices and inexpensive Old World wines.

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Caravan Exmouth Market is recommended for

Buzzy | Child Friendly | Brunch | Outside Seating

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Kings Cross Thameslink Station 596m

Farringdon Tube Station 739m

Address

Address: 11-13 Exmouth Market , London EC1R 4QD

Area: Clerkenwell Barbican

Opening times

Mon-Sun 8am-10.30pm (Sat-Sun 10am- Sun -4pm)

Nearby Landmarks

London Metropolitan Archives 165m

Sadler's Wells Theatre and Lillian Baylis Theatre 487m

Details

Telephone: 020 7833 8115

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Cuisine: Fusion

Private Dining: 12

6.8

Food & Drink: 7.4

Service: 7.2

Atmosphere: 7.7

Value: 6.5

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Claudia C. 04 November 2012

We live in the neighbourhood and have been to this place a few times. The food is good and the coffee is excellent but the service is always shocking. Waited about 5 minutes at the door last Saturday because the lady in charge of allocating tables was too busy chatting to another waitress. Had to ask for somebody to come and take our order twice and the same for the bill. Sadly, it is always the same in this place. We just keep coming back because we love the food but frankly, Morito or Elk in the Woods are looking better and better in comparison.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Angelina G. 29 August 2011

This place rocks. Great food and service at good prices.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 0.0

martin h. 07 August 2011

Saw the ques expected so much I thought I'm going to have a great brunch! I was so wrong the bubble ‘n’ squeak tasted sour as if it was made with kimchi, scrambled eggs were bad and the bacon tasted of nothing. Worst of all the flat white tasted of tepid milk. Wasd at St.Ali the other week it was oh so much better

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 0.0

Laura G. 30 March 2011

Overall it's not been a good experience. Minuscule portions at extrordinary prices. We live very near and have been there about 5 times. Food is tasty although really greasy. We're not coming back after having paid 7 pounds for a single toast of coconut bread. We checked the bill and complaint. The waittress' answer was that he could read my mind and ordered the whole coconut bread breakfast instead of a single slice of bread, which was exactly what we ordered. Very rude people and very bad service. The owner, who is the chef, came up to talk to us just to offer a bargain, 5 pounds for a single coconut bread slice. It was the waiter's fault but we paid for his lack of professionalism. We were a regular costumer but they preferred to charge for the bread rather than kept a good costumer. Very small space packed with lots of tables. You can smell your neighbourd's table food and hear their conversation even if you're not paying attention. They have a very random table distribution based on your style. The Elks in the Wood (Camden passage) and Moro (Exmoth market) offer better food, really good quality and extrodinary service.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Ms. Macaroon bronze reviewer 22 November 2010

Visited on a Sunday lunchtime as sadly Morito was closed (note to self, must start checking Sunday opening hours!). Disappointed that Caravan only offer a brunch menu during the day at weekends, which was distinctly underwhelming. A miniscule portion of poached eggs, bubble & squeak & baked ham arrived on a stone cold plate, with congealed hollandaise and cold eggs. No excuse for that, especially at these prices. Baked eggs with ragout & chorizo was delicious (and hot!) but too soupy – should have been served with bread and a spoon. They also need a new Prosecco supplier as the current brand is lifeless – sent our first glasses back but even a new bottle failed to yield much more fizz. Brilliant punchy Bloody Mary's though, and charming, attentiive service. Left with the feeling that if the laidback kitchen put as much effort into the food as the place does into being ‘cool’, it could be so much better.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Sim T 10 September 2010

Birlliant – love this place and go there repeatedly.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Dionne C. 03 June 2010

I was taken to Caravan as a guest of a client a few weeks ago (a party of four) and returned again on my own with my partner because I wanted him to see what I was raving about. Fantastic service, really brilliant. Nice to be served by people who know what they are talking about and seem to enjoy working there. The food is outstanding. Always nervous the small plates are never going to fill us up but this was not the case. at my client lunch we selected a bit of everything under the instruction of my host and it was delicious. The wine menu is also well selected and well priced. On the weekend I visited with my partner and we had a fabulous brunch outside in the sun. Superb coffee, and delicious “Caravan fry up” for my partner. I had food envy until I tried mine – the cornbread french toast. Finished with more coffees – when they are this good it is a shame not to. I will be returning.. next time for dinner and more drinks. I want to try the large plates!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

c.gabriel 24 May 2010

I've been to Caravan four times (lunch and brunch twice), which I feel warrants an unbiased review. This place is good. Really good. The Kiwis here have mastered the balance of great food and drink, exceptional service and good atmosphere without being too potentious or stuffy. The brunch menu is great, interesting balance of your regular favourites plus a few interesting options. The poached eggs with Chorizo and yoghurt are not to be missed as is the cornbread French toast. If you're going for brunch – try something you wouldn't normally eat. You will be pleasantly surprised. And of course make sure you have a coffee – it is seriously good. All day menu – I love the small plates it is a perfect way to dine with a casual group for lunch or dinner and easy to share. And the charming Kiwi Maître D knows his food and wine so he will help you with all your choices. Definitely my favourites are the cornbread, oxtail and polenta, soft shell crab, salt beef fritters, asparagus and pork buns (yum!). Again it's that balance thing again… All the staff are super friendly, without being too cheesy or overfamiliar. They are knowledgeable of the menu and professional. It suits the atmosphere. The outside communal seating is brilliant too! The wine list is comprehensive and dangerous (for all the good reasons!) Only downer? My travel to get there…I wish I lived closer. Oh and I never seem to hear any music (probably because I am enjoying myself too much to notice…) This is a refreshing welcome to London. Nick Jones take note.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

James J. bronze reviewer 01 May 2010

There was a worrying time – heralded by the departure of The Guardian and seemingly personified by the closure of Brindisa – that Exmouth Market's stature as a foodie heaven was waning. But that wasn't the case – a Japanese café, a better-then-average Indian and (around the corner) a carnivore's dream Argentinian joint have confirmed Clerkenwell's gastronomic credentials. And now Caravan adds considerable lustre to an already impressive crown. In some ways it throws down a gauntlet to the diva of Exmouth Market, Moro, offering a Peter Gordon-esque approach to fusion cuisine. The position is good (replacing a never-quite-made-it series of bars), the atmosphere lively, the decor minimalist but warm and the service charming, relaxed and friendly. The tasting plate of humous, falafel, baba ganoosh, cheese, some intriguingly orange-flavoured carrots and flat-bread is a nod Moro-wards, though the mains as yet are fairly fusion-less (an excellent stew of pork belly and beans, topped off with some jaw-shattering crackling or a succulent veal schnitzel – a far cry, thank goodness, from the Austrian original's resemblance to deep-fried chamois leather). But it's the puds that betray the Providores/Sugar Club heritage – a quite stunning orange flower-water flavoured blanc mange with a dreamy guava sorbet and lifted with a sprinkling of crunchy toasted nuts: pure heaven. The equally imaginative trio of coconut rice, caramel bananas and tamarind ice-cream would have benefitted from a different presentation – the very sweet, gorgeously banana-y bottom layer (the whole thing comes in a Duralit water tumbler) is too far down easily to combine with the richly textured rice and the deliciously sour, though pungent tamarind. Ideally they need to be tasted together for maximum effect. Maybe served side by side on a plate would allow for more blending of flavours. A short wine list climbs quite quickly into the £30+ league but is well chosen. Two cocktails, two courses, a bottle of Rioja and service came to a few pounds under £100 – excellent value and a steal compared with Moro… A really treasurable new addition to Clerkenwell's gastro street.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Andrew M. 21 April 2010

I've visited Caravan a number of times over the last month and each time it has impressed. Everything is good, but the service is particularly excellent with knowledgeable, friendly staff always about. The place has had a lot of press regarding its brunch and coffee, which are excellent, but for me it's best in the evenings. They have a very interesting wine list and the menu has plenty of options of choose from – there are smaller options as well as main size dishes. I had a whole gilt-head bream with salsa verde the other night – divine. Despite one cold dish, which was quickly replaced, everything has been great. The room is simply but tastefully decorated. Tables are quite small but I can understand why given that prices are very reasonable. Outside seating in summer will no doubt be a hit. Highlty recommended, and a great addition to Exmouth Market.

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