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Bonneville (CLOSED)

Restaurants, French Clapton
5 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)

Time Out says

Please note, Bonneville has now closed. Time Out Food editors, MARCH 2020. 

There's a French influence at this Clapton restaurant and bar, with ex-Moro chef Oly Launay bringing a Parisian slant to the food. It's on the old site of the Fitzgerald's pub - a brooding setting stripped back almost to its bare bones and peppered with salvaged decor. The stained-glass window taking up much of the arched ceiling is impressive.

The food loosely follows a French brasserie theme, with starters including moules mariniere and port braised endive with Persille du Beaujolais - a soft French cheese - and walnuts. Mains include ratatouille on toast with poached duck egg and pistou, and braised beef with pommes anna, green beans and tomatoes. Desserts range from cheeseboards to almond ice cream with cherries, a creme caramel and moelleux au chocolat - a chocolate lava cake.

Cocktails are a focus but the wine list - boasting a slant toward France and the rest of the old world - is varied. The whisky selection is well considered, too.



Address: 43 Lower Clapton Rd
Transport: Hackney Central Overground
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Lovely Spot. Bit on the pricey side but it's worth it. Staff are always lovely and the range of drinks they are happy to make is huge. Talking to them will give you some lovely insight to things you might not otherwise try. 

Amazing cocktails, a great atmosphere with a friendly and knowledgable team. I find it hard to walk past and not want to go in. Plus check out the loos.


Amazing place for drinks – great ambiance, friendly staff and nice cocktails. Plus, décor on-point. Between the glass ceiling, fake rhino head on the wall and stuffed crow in the window, it is truly eclectic, but works wonders. Don’t forget to check out the toilets downstairs too – they look just like a Victorian alley (with cobbles, street lamps, smoke and everything). Simply awesome.

But, please, avoid the food. Made from low quality ingredients (just look at that poor looking ham in the croque monsieur), dishes are a bit tasteless. Plus, being too greasy and overly salty (do not get the side of fries), it’ll leave you more nauseous than satisfied. 

Perfect, perfect, perfect. Ate here on Halloween w my girlfriend - we both had one of the best meals and experiences ever. Sumptuous, romantic, trendy, excellent service and ambiance that makes you never want to leave. We had the mussels, sirloin, seabream, fresh bread right from the oven, amazing cocktails and delicious wines, and a 10/10 creme brulee! All with flawless, sweet service - a rare treat.

Excellent ambiance - Wild cocktails - Superb food - Friendly staff. Constantly changing menu including French classics.

Yes, one person made a silly mistake when commenting on a sad event but I'm guessing it was very regretful after all the bad press. We decided to try it after the fuss had died down.jk I had the most amazing steak and the chips were out of this world. Bar staff and waitress were very attentive and the door man is an absolute angel. He was so polite and chatty he looked after me and helped me find my friends inside. Can't wait to go back.

Excellent food and great atmosphere. My pâte de campagne transported me to rural France. The decor is wonderful and the toilets are a must to visit. Would recommend for a night out with friends or an evening with that special person.

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