Quality Chop House

Restaurants, British Clerkenwell
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Quality Chop House

The Quality Chop House carries deliberate echoes of its 19th-century origins by offering ‘a chop and a glass’ or a two-course and coffee ‘daily lunch’ for £15. Not quite the generosity of the original ‘plate of meat, bread and half a pint of ale for six pence’, but well-priced quality nonetheless. Wine rather than ale is the main draw now (though Kernel beer is offered). There’s a wine shop alongside the bar and dining room, with plenty to interest both casual sippers and serious imbibers. Mainly Old World with good regional representation, the list takes in interesting New World wines, not least on the ‘collector’s list’. Failing a Hatton Gardens’ salary, explore the by-the-glass selection; our £6 choices from Portugal and the southern Rhône were fresh and characterful. Knowledgeable buying is evident in the food too: well-sourced British fish, meat and artisan cheeses, heritage tomatoes and carrots, and Tuscan lardo di colonnata, which, on our last visit, was draped over a fillet of gurnard to good effect, served with creamed brown butter. Flavours are punchy: own-cured wild salmon was doused in unsweet mustard; tiny carrots came dressed with truffled tunworth cheese. Desserts also seemed geared to masculine palates; a chocolate mousse proved a deep glassful of dense ganache. Of a piece, perhaps, with the traditional decor of black and white chequerboard floor and dark wooden furniture – though the wine bar can be a light, bright option on a sunny day.



Venue name: Quality Chop House
Address: 92-94 Farringdon Road
Opening hours: 11am-7pm Mon-Tues; 11am-8pm Wed-Thurs; 10am-6pm Fri; 9am-6pm Sat; 11am-5pm Sun. Meals served noon-3pm, 6-11pm Mon-Sat.
Transport: Tube: Farringdon tube/rail or bus 19, 38, 341
Price: Restaurant Main courses (lunch) £11-£18. Set dinner £35 5 courses.Wine bar & shop Main courses £11-£18. House wine £19 bottle, £4 glass.
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Matt C

The Quality Chop House is the neighbourhood restaurant I wish I had. A friend and I headed here back in February for a catch-up and absolutely smashed our faces into three courses of deliciousness. Walking into an absolutely buzzing and beautiful room, I was greeted by a slightly cold host who showed me to our table without too much grace. Thankfully the waiter who picked up from her was more than charming enough to make up for that slight blip. Once my friend arrived we decided on a couple of starters (Game liver parfait - delightfully creamy - and pigeon + pistachio terrine - cracking) and sharing the aged beef. Asking about sides, the waiter recommended, as we were there for the first time, that we *had* to try the confit potatoes...despite the fact that the beef came with pureed potatoes...thank god he did! The beef was beautifully done, both the short rib and chop, but the confit potatoes were absolutely next level! Perfectly crispy golden oblongs filled with pillows of creamy potato, unreal good, a must order for anyone. We rounded off the evening with a creamy bowl of chocolate mousse/salted caramel gingerbread - delicious. A lovely restaurant all round, will be popping in when I'm next that way

Angela L

Found myself, a long time vegetarian here on a Monday night in December - only because it's my foodie cousin's BDay of course.  Not a lot of veggie options but the ones they do have were good, albeit if you like things bland, this place ain't for you!  The baked cauliflower with black truffle was actually quite light compared to the celeriac wellington main.  They served this will watercress on the side which is perfect.  Ordered a side of Kale which was cooked with horseradish - very tasty but savoury too.  The desserts were all good - we tried two different desserts to share (chestnut meringue and treacle tart which tastes even better together) as well as the black truffle tunworth (for me too salty) but otherwise, great.  The petit four blackberry jelly was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!  This is definitely the perfect place for omnivores but for veggies (not vegans) it's not too bad at all.  They also do BYO Mondays (not in December though - but they made an exception for us)!