Earlham Street Clubhouse, Covent Garden

Frat-boy fun masks some underwhelming pizza at this ode to Americana

Earlham Street Clubhouse

Having been something of a pizza wilderness in years gone by, Covent Garden has become increasingly well-served in that department of late, with nearby Sartori recently joined by the first permanent outpost of by-the-slice specialists, Homeslice. Earlham Street Clubhouse is the latest name to add to the list, having opened at the back end of last year amid much fanfare.

So is the new kid on the block a serious challenger to its near-neighbours? Well, in terms of pizza alone, we’d have to say no. While Sartori specialises in charred Neapolitan cornicione and Homeslice excels in intriguing flavour combinations, Earlham Street’s pizzas fall a little flat, doing sterling work in soaking up the cocktails, but offering little to excite the tastebuds.

We opted for a Screech (Tomato, Mozzarella, Salami Picante, Fresh Chillies and Oregano) and The Fresh Prince (Homemade Riccotta Sauce, Scamorza Cheese, Fennel Sausage, Wild Mushrooms, Fresh Basil and Baby Tomatoes). Both were served on sizeable, crispy bases, and were topped with a healthy amount of their respective ingredients.

The Ross & Rachel

However, quality of said ingredients was a notch or so below the standard required for a truly memorable slice. The sauce on the Screech was lacking in depth, managing to stay clear of the offensively sweet territory occupied by Domino’s and the like, but also failing to register much in the way of a fresh tomato hit. What you’re left with is a punch of heat from the salami and chilli, and not much else besides.

The Scamorza and fennel sausage served up on The Fresh Prince weren’t half bad, but a sprinkling of baby tomatoes made for an anaemic accompaniment, and one not nearly perky enough to cut through the rich ricotta sauce. A valiant attempt at a Bianca, then, but not a terribly successful one.

Not that Earlham Street Clubhouse is an unmitigated disaster. It should be noted that we visited very early in the restaurant’s infancy, and other reviews suggest that service issues have since been ironed out. If you’re looking for somewhere for Saturday night cocktails in the centre of town, you could certainly do a lot worse, but for pizza, you’d be better off heading to one of ESC’s near neighbours.

The Bill:

1 Screech
1 The Fresh Prince

£20.00

Earlham Street Clubhouse
36 Earlham Street
Covent Garden
WC2H 9LD

www.esclubhouse.com

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3 thoughts on “Earlham Street Clubhouse, Covent Garden

  1. Dear LondonPizzaBlog. I see your pioint and totally disagree of course ! Especially when you mentioned the quality of the ingredients ! Probably someone pay you to do purposely a bad review because you have not a solid evidence or whatsoever . I’m the Ex Head Chef of Earlham street Clubhouse , workied there since day one , and I know the quality of the ingredients is premium ! We do not buy anything cheap or low quality ! For instance the mozzarella that I was using is freshly made every two days before my order, the Parmesan. That I have used is 24 month mature delivery price £130 for 1/8 , the prosciutto that I was using is top of the range called “San Daniele” delivery price £140 pounds for 4/5?kg piece , the tomato sauce is the top quality and is from region called San Marzano and is freshly made every single day on site , the fennel sausage is made by my recipe from a local butchers and thre price is not low at all, the dough that I have used there is specially made called (master class sourdough) with two sages of fermentation 48hr using 150 years old sourdough starter and so on ….. Just to add that I’m a world pizza champion with medal from World Pizza Cup and serval years of experience .When you want to be a food critics or whatever, please get a bit of food knowledge and cooking knowlage and then your reviews will looks much more genuine !
    Thanks kind regards Chef Tony

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