Sunday Brunch at Verden, E5

Verden Interior

This newly opened cafe / restaurant/ wine bar seems to have been plopped form nowhere into its somewhat questionable location in Clarence Road, Clapton, E5.

My friend lives just down the road. She enters the well crafted, black and wooden interior, looks around and muses “Is Clapton ready for this?”. A few moments later with some talk about the changes in Lower Clapton and we guess the neighbourhood is getting there. And fast! The rush of new places to eat and drink in the area is astonishing. Verden seems to up the anti in style and atmosphere; the kind of place you might take your parents, or treat yourself to a long casual dinner on a Friday.

With slick branding, lovely easy-going service and some mouth watering menu choices, it appears to live up to expectations.

For our brunch on Sunday, bloody marys were much appreciated – impressively garnished and made with freshly pressed real tomatoes, popped with spice and vodka. My avocado on toast was nicely seasoned but could have done with a kick of lemon or chilli. My friend’s club sandwich was filled to the edges with chicken, cheese, salad and a layer of lardo. Fat on fat = tasty!

Would be nice to explore more meals here or the cheese, charcuterie and wine combinations tempting us from the counter.  The deserts look wonderful too, but I am a sucker for anyone that will offer me cheesecake.

For menus and more info head to their website,


Verden Interior2

Verden Exterior



Bethnal Green Rebel Dining Society

I’d love to go to the next one of these – looks sub-lime!

“We have signed up and identified the location, we have a vague idea about the music-food-drink concept and we know the evening ahead will involve absinthe. But we don’t know how much absinthe, how it will be served, or with what….”


You can book your place at The next one is on June 8th. 

Rebel Dining Society

Jellied Eels in London Fields

 My thought process went something like this: “I live in east London yet I have never tried jellied eels, the typical east London cuisine, nor do I know anyone that has. So you know what? I shall be a real east Londoner and eat what surely must be a delicacy”. Now i look back on this naive country girl’s whimsicals and oh, how I laugh. Well I would if I couldn’t still taste the foul, fishy funk in my mouth every time I open my gob.

After one mouthful, you soon realise that water is not strong enough. Neither is swilling meths. Like a cold platter of tough catfood with the tough skins left on and extra eel flavour crammed in to the bile surrounding it. I honestly cannot fathom how that little eel shop can survive.  One explanation is that idiots like me will have some nostalgic thought processes and spend £2.50 on shark bait. Maybe it’s tasty when hot…

Jellied Eels from London Fields

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