1 Michelin Star Chefs: Isaac McHale , Chef Owner, The Clove Club

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Isaac McHale is chef owner of the one Michelin starred, The  Clove Club.

Isaac McHale was born in Orkney and grew up in Glasgow. His career working with food began at fourteen years old at a fish-mongers.

Clove Club

The Clove Club London

Address: Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St,
London, EC1V 9LT

Phone: 020 7729 6496

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.thecloveclub.com

Opening Times:
Dinner: 18:00 - 22:30

Tue – Sat
Lunch: 12:00-14:15
Dinner: 18:00-22:30

Sun - Closed

Instagram: @thecloveclub

Twitter: @thecloveclub

Facebook: The Clove Club


He later enrolled at Glasgow University, on a food chemistry course but dropped out after a year. To learn more about the industry, Isaac completed a series of internships at Marque, Noma, and Elystan Street, when Tom Aikens was at the helm. He then worked for six years at The Ledbury, under Brett Graham. After leaving, he formed a collective with Ben Greeno and James Lowe. They called themselves the ‘Young Turks’ - a trio of London chefs who ran a series of experimental pop up restaurants and supper clubs across London.

Devilled Spider Crab Tarts%2C Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Pine Salt%2C Warm Haggis Buns with Peated Barley Vinegar Powder

Devilled Spider Crab Tarts, Buttermilk

Fried Chicken & Pine Salt and Warm

Haggis Buns with

Peated Barley Vinegar Powder

The Clove Club

Crowdfunding using a website called Crowdcube, Isaac opened The Clove Club in 2013 with Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith. They earnt their first Michelin star one year later and have retained the star to this day. In 2016, The Clove Club was the highest new UK entry to the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants List.

They have maintained their position at number 26 in 2017. The restaurant is situated in Shoreditch Town Hall in East London. The Town Hall was built in 1865 and ceased to be a home for local government during the 1960s.

The Clove Club is comprised of two rooms - the restaurant serves a five-course menu, showcasing interesting and often overlooked ingredients. The bar at The Clove Club is more lively, with the option to stay for a drink or have a bite to eat from the bar menu – an abbreviated version of the full dining experience.

The Clove Club prides itself on serving organic ingredients with creative flair - Rene Redzepi’s creative influence on Isaac is noticeable in their quirky food style.

Monkfish cooked in Malted Barley Oil & Jerusalem Artichoke

Monkfish cooked in

Malted Barley Oil &

Jerusalem Artichoke

Some of his signature dishes include Flamed Cornish Mackerel, Rhubarb & Toasted Oats and a nod to his Scottish roots - Raw Orkney Scallop, Hazelnut, Clementine & Perigord Truffle. The restaurant is known for its relaxed atmosphere – diners top up their own wine and water.

TOCK ticketing system

In 2015, The Clove Club was one of the first restaurants in London to use the TOCK ticketing system, where diners pay in advance so that in the event of a cancellation, the restaurant still receives the money. Other restaurants already using the system included Thomas Keller’s Per Se, The French Laundry and Alinea. Isaac McHale told Bloomberg in 2015: “It’s going to ruffle a few feathers, but everyone has a problem with no-shows.”

Opening Luca

Earlier this year, the team behind The Clove Club also opened ‘Britalian’ restaurant, Luca – a 1950’s inspired restaurant in Clerkenwell where head chef Robert Chambers serves clever dishes such as grouse ravioli and pheasant Milanese. The restaurant also has a pasta-making room where guests can watch pasta being made during the day.

Videos with Isaac McHale:

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Editor 25th January 2018

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Isaac McHale , Chef Owner, The Clove Club