Caravan Exmouth Market

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This Exmouth Market fixture is a locals' favourite, known for its tempting menu, own-roasted coffee, charming staff and lively ambience.

Now an Exmouth Market fixture, Caravan has matured into a lively local favourite. The restaurant/bar is an unintimidatingly modern space, with some quirky touches (check out the light fittings). When busy – which is often – it’s noisy, but we’ve few other complaints. Staff are charming and competent, and the menu is a tempting read, comprising many small plates and a handful of larger ones.

Confit rabbit and smoky black pudding terrine comes with pickled nectarine and toast; squid pancake with Japanese brown sauce, mayonnaise and seaweed salt. More conservative eaters might choose the delicious seared sirloin with anchovy dressing. We also relished a deep-fried duck egg, and a sharing plate of merguez sausage, falafel, houmous, aubergine relish, sheep’s cheese, carrot pickle and pitta. Cornbread with chipotle butter is divine but super-rich; don’t order it if you’re interested in trying dessert. And you should – chocolate and espresso pudding with crème fraîche sorbet is just one of several classy options.

Also worth having is coffee. It’s roasted in the basement (where the kitchen and party table are located). A user-friendly drinks list includes cocktails and specialist teas alongside a global wine selection. For a less expensive option, head here for breakfast.

 

Venue name: Caravan Exmouth Market
Contact:
Address: 11-13 Exmouth Market
London
EC1R 4QD
Opening hours: Meals served 8am-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 10am-10.30pm Sat; 10am-4pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Farringdon tube/rail or bus 19, 38, 341
Price: Main courses £4.50-£16
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Average User Rating

2.9 / 5

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N S

I love the food and I started getting take away coffee everyday as I started working nearby. But today I was really taken aback by one of the rude baristas. Instead of asking me what coffee I wanted, he just stared at me coldly with a slightly raised eyebrow until I placed my order. I don't need this kind of hipster attitude in the morning so will be getting my coffee down the road from Brill from now on. cheers.

L W

Fantastic coffee. Arrived at 10 for brunch and it was already full inside, happy to sit outside so wasn't a problem.  The staff were obviously very busy but friendly and attentive. The baked eggs and ham hock hash were great. Will definitely go again but bearing in mind peak times.

Charly Lester
moderatorStaff Writer

Went for a dating event with a set menu, and wasn't overly impressed.  We were all really crammed in, and the food was at best average.  From the comments below it sounds like it's a better brunch option than a dinner one

Sarah

I have been to Caravan before and the food (if you get blessed to get a chance to even order) is tasty and fresh. As a New Zealander, one of the few things I miss from home is a good brunch cafe. Caravan does good coffee and has a good feel to it. Usually. Today my experience was upsetting. Today I took a fellow kiwi friend there for a special 'last breakfast in London' meal. Knowing Caravan is popular I knew we may have to wait. That's okay. Sometimes you have to wait. But and hour and a half? Seriously? Waiting in the cold we saw a few people just give up and leave. One girl was very polite and expressed she had waited for an hour and a half but now had to go. She was upset as she had watched so many come after her and get seated before her. We waited like chumps outside in the freezing, ignored completely by staff for an hour and then asked the waitress when we could get a table (for three) she said we were next on the list. Half an hour later and several people leaving and more groups being seated, we realised that whatever seating system they had, our table of three was well at the end of any priority. I will now never go back. They lost at least £70 (be aware they are not a cheap place to eat). Should you experience similar, please don't wait an hour and a half, jump on a 19 bus towards Finsbury park (bus stop across the road). Get off on Blackstock road at the Riversdale road stop and go to Globe where the customer service is excellent and the breakfast (around £5) is just delicious. I recommend Flat White and Milk Bar in Soho for yum coffee. It is such a shame as Caravan could have made the whole experience easier by just talking to us and being honest about the wait. Or even just talking to us AT ALL. On leaving I explained to the waiter that we had seen at least three or four groups get seated who had arrived well after us.The waiter did not apologise. Pretty stink really. I wanted to show off a good food place and left feeling like an invisible person.

Tash

Had an unforgettable lunch, the food was wonderfully brilliant and the staff friendly and helpful. Certainly a favorite of mine.

sarah

wow! i had the best birthday of my life! i can't wait to come back. The food was simply outstading, the wines (suggested by the waiter) were delicious and natural! thanks guys i wil see you very soon!

Anna

"good for the hip factor" says it all. Staff are outright rude on the phone when you try to book for brunch and it gets worse if you show up to queue. They clearly have their reputation cemented by raving reviews and make NO effort to offer decent service. We left numerous times for this reason.

Peter

The first time I went to Caravan was when it opened a few years back. Then the food, atmosphere and staff were great. I recently went back for dinner and unfortunately this time wasn't so good. I agree with quite a bit of the negative comments. The stuff were nice enough but pretty nonplussed and the food.....we just had a selection of starters and they were cold (I assumed they were reheated) and not very tasty at all. Very disappointed. The Roasted Beetroot was literally out of a supermarket packet (I'm not exaggerating), Goat's Curd and Butternut Squash was a tasteless mess, the Aubergine with Miso marinade was cold and the marinade was extremely thick/strong/sickly, and the Corgette loaf was ok (think average coffee bar carrot cake). Needless to say it was pretty much empty and Moro just down the road still had people queuing. Not Good

DA DA YA

God I have tried to like this place (been 3 times) but the burnt coffee and uber cool staff mean i will not be going back.This cafe for the arty set that don't mind the bull that goes along with this place.

straad

Looking for a good breakfast after a night on sleeper from Scotland we followed the reviews to Caravan. Hmmm, admittedly the atmosphere was good, lovely attentive service, ( apart from one guy who swore profusely, calling fellow worker a****ing retard!), but the breakie was v v disappointing. Honey roasted meusli with stewed pears was more like dusty grape nuts with diced canned pears, sourdough toast was cold and soggy. Coffee was good, but not so sure I would give it another try.

klevalley

I had two coffees- flat white and a capucino- both the best coffee outside of monmouth by far! Had the fries (refried from the day before) and the lamb bun which was recommended by the waiter who was attentive. I wasn't impresses with that choice at all I must say. However, I had the molting, chocolate, lava like heaven thing with creme fraiche sorbet for dessert and a green tea, brand Qi and I was blown away! Go there for the green tea and the dessert alone, if you go for any thing! Its worth the visit. Then I had a coffee. I feel guilty for calling it simply coffee because of it seemed more than that... fantastic, whipped, milk with rich, deep, soothing coffee bean flavour seemed like I was being served a coffee with a warm blanket of love. Thanks Caravan for making my trip well worth it. I only came for the coffee and I was given a very nice treat.

Claire

Fabulous dishes, good coffee and great atmosphere. Totally loved the beef cheeks and corn fritters. Pork belly was a bit overpriced that's true but overall it is a great little restaurant to enjoy all year long. Nice to come for brunch too.

Casey

The food was excellent as was the coffee. It's true that the waiting staff seem a bit disorganized, perhaps overwhelmed by how many customers there are and offers no baby changing facilities, but it is a great location and surprisingly tasty food.

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