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The Grind coffee empire has returned to the area where it all started with this flagship restaurant and ‘club bar’, not that far from the original Shoreditch Grind café and bar. As with SE1’s London Grind restaurant, Clerkenwell serves a mean weekend brunch menu, including truffle hash topped with a poached duck egg or French toast-style banana bread, as well as weekday breakfasts such as beetroot-cured salmon and kimchee. For lunch and dinner a charcoal oven is fired up for the likes of miso-glazed lamb ribs with red snapper. In contrast to London Grind, this branch is spread over two floors, with a dining room and separate cocktail bar above a basement with a late license and clubby soundtrack. Here you’ll find a green marble-topped cocktail bar and, of course, plenty of Espresso Martinis.