Modern European·
Silver Award
London, W1W 6BB ·Website·Call020 7637 0871

SquareMeal Review of Clipstone

Silver Award

SquareMeal London Hot 100 2018Following the success of Michelin-starred Portland, this sibling – a less ambitious (but no less enjoyable) venture – has quickly become a top-notch Fitzrovia favourite. Whitewashed walls, gleaming tiles, wood furnishings and wraparound windows set the scene, the atmosphere is welcoming and the menu spins through sharing plates and bistro-style dishes with lower prices to match.

Plump mussels poached in saké come with bouncy sourdough, and the same dough is used for pizzas (perhaps topped with clams, crème fraiche and garlic), although we favour the premium Yorkshire hogget, served pink atop coco beans and girolles, followed by Paris-Brest – a deliriously sweet, ridiculously enjoyable concoction of hazelnut praline and choux pastry. Wines also punch way above their weight, with superb on-tap options including Château Pesquié Terrasses Rouge. In short, the kind of relaxed, accomplished, good-value restaurant we’d all love on our doorstep.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Modern European
Eat at Home
Home delivery, Takeaway service
Cool, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Perfect for
Special occasions


5 Clipstone Street, London, W1W 6BB

020 7637 0871 020 7637 0871


Opening Times

Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm Sat 11am–3pm Mon-Sat 6-11pm


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11 Reviews 

Neil M

21 December 2023  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 5

Kathy H

26 January 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Fabulous meal

I have been to Clipstone a few times before, and was pleased to see their set lunch menus are back. I visited with a friend, and we had a wonderful lunch of mussels, and them fallow deer ragu with tagliatelle, and then a coffee financier and icecream. The food was excellent, and the staff are charming, and we didn't feel rushed at any time. A thoroughly enjoyable experience, and I will definitely return. 

Anisha S

28 June 2019  
Amazing food and drink, impeccable service, great value.

James S

28 June 2019  
Amazing food and cocktails. Great atmosphere and fairly priced for the quality you get.

Paul B

21 March 2018  
Great for breakfast, a civilised start to the day.

Lyana P

19 June 2017  
A fantastic experience. Relaxed, friendly and amazing food.

Martin C

04 May 2017  
Fabulous menu. Delightful food and wonderful service.

David H

05 April 2017  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 3.5
An interesting, well-cooked and plentiful lunch
This place was reputed to be casual and indeed its like there are a few tables in the centre of what might pass as a deli or bakery. Smart enough, but not in the slightest luxurious , almost to the point where you expect someone to sit down, order a coffee, and break out the laptop. In no sense was this disappointing or a surprise- especially for a restaurant that guides you to its somewhat more stylish sibling if you'd like to linger. However it must be clarified that no-one asked us to move on after 90 minutes and indeed it might have been difficult to eat what we ordered in that timespan. The menu looked interesting , and there were a lot of dishes where it was difficult to anticipate what the food was to look like, never mind what it would taste like. The answer for our party of three at lunch was a lunchtime tasting menu comprising about half the dishes on the a la carte menu, and which worked out to provide 8 courses. In normal-speak this consisted of 5 dishes that you might consider starters, a main course and two desserts, all of which were brought to share , and all told there was certainly enough food for three decent appetites. I was delighted to see that they brought the food one course at a time throughout the meal rather than the frequent and unfortunate practice of cooking the dishes in pretty much random order and directly they are cooked, so that everyone spends the meal shuffling stuff around tables that are too small, the waiters hoping against hope that you'll say dish A is done so there's room for H that has arrived to everyone's surprise. The pace was just right throughout , and with the exception of desserts, they maintained the "one dish only on the table" style thoughout. Whilst the style of cooking was undeniably contemporary, with lots of veg and much food served vaguely pickled, there was a lot of variation in what was served. A meat carpaccio, a fish tartare, broccoli in a piquant sauce, a single tasty scallop each, a pasta dish and a grilled meat main. So not a lot of repetition and to be frank I could name some national cuisines that would struggle to replicate the variety we had today. Everything we ate was cooked nicely and presented decently if never elaborately. Its not a fussy sort of place. Couple of disappointments:- the yellow foot chicken was nicely cooked but not as flavoursome as I'd have liked (and, by the way without a yellow foot anywhere to be seen- odd to name a dish after something you don't get?), and finally my espresso was very sharply flavoured /acid indeed. There's a reason why none of the big coffee chains serve espresso like that. All told though there was much more to like about our meal than to carp about. The bill for the three of us, including bread, sparkling water, food and two half bottles of a pleasant Gruner Veltliner , and an equally flavoursome Refosco, came to £192. It isn't a cheap restaurant , though we did have quite a lot of food and eight different dishes. We left content, with a feeling that lunch had been highly satisfactory, and I'm sure we'll all visit again.

Kate M

24 March 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 5
Outstanding value
Wholeheartedly recommend Clipstone. Fantastic food, great service, and astonishing value for money. Restaurant is small, so tables are a bit of a squeeze - we had a very nice chat with our American neighbours - but it adds to the buzz.

Jill C

05 October 2016  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
I don't like being kicked off the table after 90 minutes
I loved the restaurant as soon as I walked in. The decor is simple and clean looking, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The dishes we ordered (6 sharing plates) were all amazing; an inventive and delicious combination of flavours, and the wine was just the right temperature, and a spot on recommendation by our waitress. HOWEVER, we didn't even have time for a cup of peppermint tea as we were booted off to make way for SittingTwo after just 90 minutes. I met a friend for a good old catch and a leisurely meal and when the bill is well over £100 for 2 without any desserts or coffee, I would expect to be able to enjoy the occasion, not wander the streets at 8.15pm looking for somewhere to finish our conversation over a cup of tea.
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