Caravan & Exmouth Arms

April 27th 2012katie

I used to work around Exmouth Market, and I quite miss it: it’s got cute shops and cafes and several outstanding pubs and restaurants – Moro, Medcalf, The Easton, The Wilmington Arms…

Caravan is probably my favourite, though:


It’s an all-day Antipodean eatery in the vein of Workshop (previously St Ali), with those small sharing dishes of food that I can’t get enough of. The head chef is ex-Providores pedigree, and they take the coffee seriously too, with a roastery in the basement.


I’ve been here for dinner before with my parents (who are always wildly impressed with these trendy London eateries we take them to) and for their fabulous brunch a few times, but when they started tweeting some amazing-sounding new veggie dishes I knew it was time to head back again.


I love getting ‘freebies’ in restaurants and this aperitif of cold garlicky gazpacho went down very well indeed (fish eaters get miso soup instead).


We ordered aubergine and onion bhaji; asparagus and baked manouri cheese; spicy tofu; deep-fried duck egg with morcilla (black pudding, for Josh) and the standout dish of mushrooms with creamy cheesy polenta with a red wine sauce. I love when I don’t feel that I’m missing out as a vegetarian and you certainly don’t here – the little dishes give such a flavour punch and I love having a small taste of lots of different things in one meal.


It’d be rude not to finish with a freshly-roasted coffee!

Exmouth Arms
Exmouth Arms

After dinner, we went just over the road to the Exmouth Arms. Under new management since November and previously somewhere I hadn’t thought of stepping into, it now boasts tons of craft beers and a nice USA-inspired food menu of sliders (mini burgers) and sides like coleslaw and deep-fried pickles. Try the Odells if you go, it’s a classic American IPA. Happy Friday!

Comments (6)

  • Kim

    April 27th 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I love Exmouth Market for food and drinks. I’ve only been to Caravan for brunch, yet to try it in the evening. Recently went to Moro. A-mazing

  • Kat

    April 27th 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Ahh, I love Exmouth Market (I used to work ’round there in ’06 and then again as a freelancer in ’11), and used to love popping into Caravan. (And Al’s before it — I remember being really devastated when it changed hands, only to realise Caravan was a lot better.)

    Not tried Exmouth Arms though, so I’ll have to give it a shot next time I’m visiting. Nice photos — that polenta dish sounds very tasty!

  • rooth

    April 27th 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Oh yum, that all looks quite delicious and hearty as vegetarian fare goes

  • Sian

    April 28th 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I came here for the first time recently. Actually had a lovely time, but didn’t enjoy dinner as much as I wanted to. It missed the mark for me. But then the staff and cheese board totally made up for it. There aren’t many cheeseboards worth paying for in London, but Caravan’s is one of them.

  • Michelle

    April 30th 2012 at 12:25 am

    This place looks great. I feel like I ‘slow stalk’ you. Going to restaurants you have been. But is is really handy when there is a someone telling me about cool veggie-friendly places.

  • Leann

    May 1st 2012 at 2:57 am

    Wow. The food looks amazing! If I ever visit London (hopefully) I’ll have to check out Exmouth Market and this place :)

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