Clipstone is the place du jour to eat out in London, getting great reviews from critics and customers alike. I went for a business lunch at this restaurant just off Great Portland Street and enjoyed a few of the dishes that have been particularly well-liked.
The house pickles are great, as others have mentioned, which is a bit of strange thing to say as a plate of pickles isn't usually something that makes foodies extremely excited but these are exceptional. The real flavour of excellent ingredients is coaxed out instead of drowned in whatever pickling doo-dahs they use. This makes for piquant moreishness in this simple dish.
The raspberry tomato berry basil salad (pictured) looked as great as it tasted, but unfortunately is now off the menu for Autumn. The hipsi cabbage, burnt aubergine and pickled elderberries that we also had is still on the menu and was probably my favourite among all that we ate. I never thought cabbage could taste so good. The cod we had was exceptional too but has also been replaced for Autumn.
However, they do still have the rillettes of rabbit, pork and foie gras with grilled bread and that is a great plate to start with. Prices are on the hip new London restaurant side with small plates being £6-10 and larger ones at £12-17. The wine list is very good and the staff are kind, patient, welcoming and don't unnecessarily up-sell so are fantastic guides if you're nervous about trying new things. Clipstone is definitely worth it for a special occasion dinner or a foodie lunch.