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Katy Salter dishes up the local gastro need-to-know

Don’t go hungry during Clerkenwell Design Week. All that pavement pounding can work up a big hunger, so try some special deals during the festival. Off ers include a three-course menu for two with a glass of Champagne at Le Café du Marche for £55, £17 for two courses at Bird of Smithfi eld and £5 on all Spritz drinks at Polpo Smithfield. You can also get a free brownie with your coffee before 11am at The Clerkenwell Kitchen, and 50 per cent off food at Chez Mal at the Malmaison on Charterhouse Square.

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We’re already spoilt for great cafes in Clerkenwell, and now there’s another to add to the list. Printworks Kitchen is a new family-owned hangout on Rosebery Avenue. Taking its name from the building’s former life as a print house, the café serves seasonal salads, doorstopper sarnies like homemade salt beef with pickles on rye, and a selection of vegan and gluten-free bakes. Coffee comes from the acclaimed Horsham Coffee Roaster.


It’s all change at the Zetter as we bid au revoir to Bistrot Bruno Loubet, and say bonjour to Grain Store Unleashed. Monsieur Loubet is bringing his smash King’s Cross Concept (less meat, more veg) to the St John’s Square Hotel. Grain Store Unleashed is open for a limited period before a new, as yet unnamed, restaurant takes its place. Dishes on the vegcentric menu include grilled calcot onions and sweet peppers with smoked cod roe, and a pud of parsnip white chocolate cream with matcha tea, puffed oats and grapefruit gel.


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