Earlham Street Clubhouse in Covent Garden
If you want to live the experience of attending a beach club party in the Hamptons complete with delicious pizza, beer and cocktails, you don’t have to go to the States any more – just plunge into the wonderful atmosphere at new venue Earlham Street Clubhouse in Covent Garden.
Designed by Matt Rawlinson of award-winning Raw Design, this basement venue combines classic clubhouse interiors – wood panelling and exposed brick – with recycled tin advertising signs and classic Hollywood portraits. New York-style pizza can be ordered direct to your table but the venue is so full tonight that the best option is to queue for the wood-fired delights created by the award-winning “Chef Toni”.
Pizza names are an obvious nods to American TV shows of the 90s: Screech (tomato, mozzarella, salami picante, fresh chillies & oregano), The Fresh Prince (tomato, sausage, spicy sausage, broccoli, red onion and chillies), The Ross & Rachel (half and half of any of the above). Sold by the slice, and in 12 inch and 20 inch sizes, they are universally delicious. Soft in the middle and topped with superb and well-selected ingredients, prices range from £3.50 to £18.
Accompanying the food there is a selection of cocktails designed by expert drinks consultants Soul Shakers, with prices ranging from £7 to £9.50. The innovative extendable ceiling menus are a definitely a win, and there are plenty of options to choose from. Following a couple of pizza slices, we try a Power Ranger (featuring Bulleit bourbon, shaken with fresh lemon, egg white, apricot jam and red wine) and a Prom Queen (with Ketel One vodka, raspberry liqueur, strawberry purée and cream). The Axel Foley (Don Julio Blanco vodka, fresh lime and sparkling grapefruit served long with a salt rim) is a little disappointing in its strong and irregular taste.
The effect of the alcohol is perhaps inapt in combination with the pizza. However, with so many options and the great atmosphere, Earlham Street Clubhouse is definitely recommended.
Photos: Alejo Garcia
Earlham Street Clubhouse: 45/60
To book a table at Earlham Street Clubhouse, 35 Earlham St London WC2H 9LD, call 07724 935924 or visit here.