Warm Yourself Up With Mulled Cider At Caravan

Carvan, Exmouth Market ★★★★☆

Warm Yourself Up With Mulled Cider At Caravan Carvan, Exmouth Market 4

It's a sign of a good restaurant to thrive in a time of crisis. The evening we head to Caravan in Exmouth Market, things aren't going the eatery's way — a broken extractor fan means it can't serve hot food. Still, lots on the menu is cold, and that's still on offer. We take our seats and notice that despite this handicap, the place is absolutely buzzing. When we reach our table, we receive a complimentary glass each of prosecco — perhaps this is how it's sustaining the buzzing atmosphere.

Outside, Exmouth Market is decked out with a simple string of Christmas lights, zigzagging their way down the street, in contrast to other parts of London which try to outdo each other with the most decadent lights known to man. The mulled cider harmonises perfectly with this stripped back but classy vibe: sweet, warming and stylish.

Despite the trying situation, the small plates of food still satisfy. A cheese plate consisting of gouda, brie and a Brinkworth blue all deliver more than they promised. The quinoa and buckwheat grain bowl proves both filling and tasty, tenderstem broccoli and sweet potato sure packs a punch. The best small plate on offer is the roasted beets served on goat's curd, which is beautifully arranged and tastes even better through its juicy sweetness.

Caravan, 11-13 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4QD

Last Updated 07 December 2017