This is another in that occasional series of articles that are about somewhere that I’ve not been yet. There are over 200 posts about pubs here, and I’ve been to almost all of those, so I hope you’ll allow me the occasional indulgence of the odd one that I’ve not visited.
After over a decade under different guises, The Elephant’s Head returns to Clapton under its original name, restored to its former glory, and now with giant Bloody Marys to share and bottomless roasts.
The pub’s new incarnation pays tribute to its old-school Hackney history, not to mention its 1980s heyday, while embracing new East London culture, to create a buzzing neighbourhood pub offering a fantastic range of beer and delicious food.
The menu at the Elephants Head puts a simple modern twist on traditional East London pub food. Dishes such as crispy cod cheeks are reinvented with the best quality, responsibly sourced cod cheeks, breaded, cooked and served whole with chips and mushy peas. Alongside the main menu are some true English classics, including ham, egg and chips (a staple Saturday night tea when I was growing up), toad-in- the-hole and a full mixed grill.
The menu includes an array of tasty options for vegan diners. The mushroom pate emulates a chicken liver parfait without the meat and butter, there’s a cauliflower steak (bang on trend), and a dairy-free chocolate cake.
What is Sunday without a perfect roast? Choose your main: beef, pork belly, chicken, or chestnut and squash nut roast; and add your bottomless sides: roast root vegetables, roast potatoes, greens, Yorkshire puddings and best of all, the bottomless gravy boat. All meat is sourced from responsible local suppliers.
Also available is the Sunday sharing special recipe Bloody Mary menu, featuring The Elephants Head’s take on the classic Bloody Mary. Choose from three exclusive cocktails, Bloody Mary (Vodka), Bloody Maria (Tequila), and the Red Snapper (Gin).
The real treat is the special homemade recipe, combining Worcester sauce, coriander, basil, chilli, horseradish, lemon, salt, pepper, garlic and red wine, which is rested for four days to ensure that it really packs a punch. Just choose your spirit then share with four friends with the bottomless roast.
The extensive cocktail menu, designed by some of the industry’s hottest talent, includes a celebration of what the Elephants Head team feel put the London cocktail scene on the map. This sees the resurgence of some 90s favourites, such as the Mitch Martini and a range of Espresso Martinis.
Situated within a five-mile radius of modern breweries, The Elephants Head is also a beer drinker’s heaven with seven brews as standard, four guest beers on rotation and an array of hop-based bottles on offer. If you fancy something lighter, The Elephants Head bar snack menu offers delicious homemade classics, including a Scotch egg, Rarebit and Chicken Wings, served with East London Barnfathers hot sauce to add a modern and local twist.
Lots to look forward to if you want to check out the new Elephants Head.