New to Clerkenwell is Foxlow, the 100-cover restaurant and bar from Will Beckett and Huw Gott. Serving slow-smoked and charcoal grilled dishes, salads and sides alongside original cocktails, Foxlow is a neighbourhood restaurant with informal service and a comfortable, lived-in interior.
Situated in a Grade II listed former cork warehouse, the split-level venue features two ground floor dining areas and a first floor gallery. The interior features reclaimed materials throughout. The 1950’s oak flooring and pendant light fittings come from a workingmen’s club in Wigan while old chemistry labtops from a Yorkshire school provide tabletops and make up the bar.
The colour scheme – teal blue and cream with splashes of bright red – was inspired by a 1960s British Rail train, with other unlikely inspiration coming from the Ipcress File (wall lights) and Nottingham Library (1950s wood balustrading). Technical drawings (including a few of old locomotives) and vintage tube maps line the walls.
The menu, developed by executive chef Richard Turner and Foxlow chefs Lewis Hannaford (Hawksmoor Guildhall and Spitalfields) and Paul O’Dowd (Hawksmoor Spitalfields) is divided into ‘Slow-smoked’ and ‘Charcoal Grilled & Roasted’ sections, featuring ethically sourced meat from The Ginger Pig. Steaks also feature, in lesser-known cuts such as Deckle, the top, fatty part of the rib-eye and Rib fillet, the leaner central part of the rib-eye.
The pudding menu is all about Peanutella & Sweet Toast (think Nutella straight from the jar), Salted Caramel Popcorn and five Soft Serve Sundaes including Apple Crumble, Bourbon Caramel and Peanut Butter & Jelly while the cocktail list includes Smokestack Mary (Gin, Tomato, Chipotle, Smoked Paprika and Peated Scotch), Pickle Buck (Rye, Maple, Lime, Pickle Juice and Ginger Ale) and Bitter State (Rum, Campari, Peach and Lemon).