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Fan of Clove Club? Try its sister restaurant Two Lights

This low-key Kingsland Road diner has just celebrated its first birthday

If you’re partial to the Michelin-wielding pleasures of the Clove Club – or perhaps have never been able to afford it, for that matter – we recommend you pay a visit to its smaller sister ‘neighbourhood’ restaurant.

Two Lights, which has just reached its first-birthday milestone, is on Kingsland Road next to iconic bar Jaguar Shoes, its emphasis on simple American-influenced food. With its peak Shoreditch location we’re not sure whether it can quite be classed neighbourhood, however.

Two Lights: it’s very cosy. Photos: Anton Rodriguez

Still, it’s one of those superior boltholes that is, on the evidence of our recent visit, reliable across the board. To start? Don’t miss the cute tiny elderflower chips topped with crab or, in fact any of the small plates: an interesting combo of plump mussels and lardo with peppers came piled on a couple of inches of toast, while even better was a square of flatbread with chanterelles and egg yolk and Tunworth cheese. Oh my.

And mains? The signature dish – well, it is US-flavoured, remember – is buttermilk fried chicken, extremely succulent, with biscuits (what we would call scones), as well as moreish sunflower seed gravy and jalapeno mayo; our only wavering was over a tasty grilled Middlewhite pork chop, nearly, but not quite, overpowered by a rich anchovy and walnut butter.


You’ll probably have to book: we recommend a seat at the window counter to watch the passing trade of Shoreditch-at-play – or in front of the open kitchen, where you can perch and perhaps learn a tip, or three, from the chefs.

Two Lights, open daily except Monday, 28 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DA. More info here

Main image: Anton Rodriguez

Gasholder ate as guests of Two Lights. For more on our food reviews policy see here

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