Verden shouldn’t work, really. It’s an up market bar, wine bar and restaurant in what was a pub that had to close for drugs problems. But the owners saw the potential in the old Victorian building – and the area – and spent a small furniture turning it in to what is now most definitely a destination worth a visit. This is so much more than just a good local restaurant. It feels like just the start of something.
The interior design is fantastic. All minimal dark grey walls and feature lights and bespoke seating. It’s quiet in its elegance and is soothing compared to its busy surroundings of Clapton. Luckily the food and wine matches the look.
The charcuterie and cheese boards are both fantastic and are rightly famous in the area. Have the charcuterie and a side of cuttlefish croquets with squid ink mayo. It’s fantastic.
Steak night on a Tuesday has Bavette (served with fries) for £ 12. I had it with the beetroot and blue cheese salad. Mmmmmm. But go on a Sunday and you get to have the option of the Verden club sandwich, for example, or a proper roast. Both are well worth having.
Wine is always available by the glass (which saves on the costs) and is also available for takeaway – along with the cheese and charcuterie – whenever the restaurant is open. A nice touch that.
Verden. That V is for victory.