Foxlow: Bacon ribs, pickle juice, Elvis desserts & beautiful interior

Foxlow in Clerkenwell is from the same restaurant group as Hawksmoor, but given that I have not yet given into the pull of much-talked-about-but-expensive Hawksmoor, you will not find me comparing the two.  My good friend Chris had repeatedly told me that Foxlow did the best salmon in the city – so good that he would often rather dine alone at Foxlow than cook for himself – so I was excited when he finally organised for us to grab a bite there last Tuesday evening.
Foxlow restaurant, Clerkenwell | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
I’d come straight from the Nike Run Club so had worked up a serious appetite.  We were 100% in the right place.  We sat up on high red leather stools in the bar area, and I drooled over the interior design and the items on the menu in equal measure.
Foxlow restaurant, Clerkenwell | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Foxlow restaurant, Clerkenwell | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Pickle-focused drinks kept us hydrated as we perused.  My Pickle Buck cocktail was a surprisingly wonderful combination of rye, maple, pickle juice and ginger ale (£8.75).
Pickle Buck cocktail @ Foxlow restaurant, Clerkenwell | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
The boys had beers and Pickle Back shooters (bourbon chased with pickle juice) – their faces in the aftermath suggested the pickle juice was possibly pure vinegar with a floating gherkin in it…
Pickle Back shooters @ Foxlow restaurant, Clerkenwell | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Foxlow restaurant, Clerkenwell | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Obviously Chris ordered the House-Cured Salmon (£13), with a side of spring greens.  Shane and I were taken with the Eight Hour Bacon Rib with maple and chilli (£16), with sides of skin-on fries with chicken salt (I’m still not sure what chicken salt is, but it tasted good!).
House Cured Salmon @ Foxlow restaurant, Clerkenwell | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Food service was speedy – thankfully, as I was ravenous and my cocktail was going straight to my head!  The bacon ribs were ginormous, and served with a big slice of charred pineapple and a jug of divine barbecue sauce (probably the best I’ve ever tasted).  Succulent and melt-in-the-mouth tender, our plates were soon clean.
Eight Hour Bacon Rib @ Foxlow restaurant, Clerkenwell | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
I was craving dessert.  Shane was after a digestif.  We got both – I ordered the Elvis Presley Sandwich (when faced with the choice “with or without candied bacon”, obviously I went “with”!) with three spoons, and Shane ordered us each a glass of Fernet Branca.
Foxlow restaurant, Clerkenwell | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Our dessert and digestif course was somewhat of a mixed experience.  The Elvis pudding was divine – banana, peanut butter, milk ice cream, sweet fried bread and candied bacon all came together to create an unforgettable dish.  When faced with us and three spoons, it didn’t stand a chance, and lasted less than 60 seconds.
Elvis Presley Sandwich dessert @ Foxlow restaurant, Clerkenwell | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
The bitter and herbal digestive liquer, on the other hand, was quite disgusting (if you ask me).  Who wants to drink mouthwash after a perfectly lovely dinner?!  [See Chris’ face below…]
Fernet digestif @ Foxlow restaurant, Clerkenwell | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
The bill arrived, and we played ‘guess the total’ without much accuracy.  Foxlow is not cheap (about £40 per head) but it is excellent.
Clerkenwell isn’t short of great restaurants and beautiful venues, but Foxlow is certainly vying for the top spot.
Foxlow restaurant, Clerkenwell | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Bar at Foxlow restaurant, Clerkenwell | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
I am super keen to go back for lunch, to try the Ribwich lunch special (“a tribute to a Homer Simpson favourite” for £12) – slow smoked beef, pork and bacon rib, with slaw and pickles, in a sandwich – OMG!
Sundays see a proper roast (Middlewhite porchetta or smoke-roast beef rib with all the trimmings) added to the menu for £19.50.
Foxlow restaurant, Clerkenwell | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? blog
Foxlow
69-73 St John Street, Clerkenwell, EC1M 4AN