TheThree Compasses – Claw Pop-Up:
What could be more appropriate than dragging the hip and trendy peskytarian Hedonist along to a seafood pop-up in East London. The Three Compasses is a rather happening pub specialising in London craft beers, with that kind of cosy, scruffy interior that you’d like in your own local. It’s a bit of a tricky place to reach if you are not already part of the Hoxton or Shoreditch tribe. But, it’s got that ‘my favourite local’ feel about it – perfect for a cold winter’s evening.
Especially as right now, until the end of January, there’s a pop-up menu of Devon seafood which, for me at least, made it worth an expedition to the East.
Claw serves traceable, sustainable crab from Start Bay in Devon with bread from Celtic baker, cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy and veggies from Borough Market.
The special menu includes five burgers (all suitable for the peskytarian) with tarragon salted fries. There were a couple of interlopers too on the menu when we visited – a seasonal Christmas burger and a classic beef burger, but that may have been because the Three Compasses was setting up for their own Birthday party that evening. We did get offered jaffa cakes and bakewell tarts too! Happy Birthday:)
I chose ‘The Samphire’ – a brioche bun filled with Devonshire hand-picked crab, iceberg lettuce, samphire and Claw sauce. A good combination of flavours, with perhaps a little over enthusiasm with the samphire itself.
The Hedonist’s Octopus got a thumbs up for excellent, tender and smokey octopus served with pickled cucumber and smokey BBQ sauce with coriander.
If I’m totally honest, I’d have happily ordered two or even three of the Crab and Mac – a deliciously stringy cheesy mac made with Emmental, cheddar, Jarlsberg and of course, crab. It was my favourite dish of the evening (and I really wanted to pop the little enamel pan in my bag to take home too).
Our other side order of slaw was fresh, crunchy and very moreish.
Burgers are priced between £9.50 and £11.00 while the sides are £3- £5 a pop. It would be a great place to have on your doorstep, to enjoy good quality food on the way home from work – or to indulge in what sounds like a fabulous brunch opportunity with a lobster BLT or crab grilled cheese on offer.
We were a little disappointed that the promised East London Liquor Company cocktails were not available, so instead we enjoyed a very good bottle of Sauvignon Blanc for £22. Of course we SHOULD have been drinking craft beer. But, that’s just not my thing – even with a burger.