Claptonis getting a bit classy of late with new joints popping up left, right and centre. Verden, located just behind off the main drag, brings wine, cheese, charcuterie, weekend brunch, lunch and the odd dinner dish to the ‘hood.
Inside the decor is cool, very cool with quirky lighting, simple seats and big windows. The list features wines from all over the world, many of which are available by the glass and all you can take away for a tenner less than you pay in the restaurant. We fell in love with the Stephan Ehlen Riesling Feinherb 2000, one of the cheapest at just £4.50 a glass, but an absolute pleasure to drink.
There’s an emphasis on sharing rather than a full on 3-course meal. So we did just that, sampling ndjua on toast, jamon and guindilla pepper croquetas, black olive tempura, crispy pigs head, grilled prawns with chilli and garlic and some of the house cured loin and saucisson. Perfect to pick at whilst sipping on a glass or two of vino.
For a sweet treat to end with, don’t miss the chocolate and peanut fondant topped with ice-cream (take our tip and swap that vanilla for a salted caramel ball!). Whether you’re on a date or catching up with a mate Verden is a good call for all.
181 Clarence Rd, London E5 8EE