Caravan Exmouth Market

4.4
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344 reviews
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£25 and under
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Global, International
CARAVAN IS A RESTAURANT, BAR AND COFFEE ROASTERY LOCATED ON A BUSY SITE IN FARRINGDON’S EXMOUTH MARKET. WITH GLAZED FRONTAGE ON TWO SIDES OF THE BUILDING, OVERLOOKING THE MARKET AND A BUSTLING LONDON INTERSECTION, THE SPACE HAS AN OPEN AND RELAXED FEEL TO IT. AT MARKET LEVEL WE HAVE CREATED A MAIN DINING ROOM SEATING 48 AND A BAR SEATING 18. IN WARMER MONTHS WE OPEN OUR BI-FOLD DOORS AND LET THE MARKET IN, SEATING A FURTHER 30 OUTSIDE. THE BASEMENT HOUSES OUR KITCHEN AND COFFEE ROASTERY, AND INCLUDES OUR ROASTERY TABLE THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE HIRE FOR UP TO 12 GUESTS. The food at Caravan is well travelled. We use seasonal ingredients to create dishes that draw influence and flavours from around the world. Our food is served from three menus – breakfast (weekdays), brunch (weekends) and our all day lunch and dinner menu which is made up of small and large plates designed for sharing.
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T
London
56 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would go more often if they were doing something about the sound insulation, its hard to have a decent conversation

AH
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I did really enjoy it much more than I thought I would- the service was impeccable: our waiter was very attentive, the portion sizes were perfect: we shared pretty much everything, every single dish was absolutely delicious and all the ingredients seemed perfectly balanced. We all agreed the best dish was the cod dumplings. I also appreciated the subtle darkness - made it all even better.

SW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, interesting menu. Music and background noise / acoustics were too loud to have a conversation. The service was very good.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Too noisy to talk. Very cramped tables. Food delicious. A pity.

JJ
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate here before Sadlers Wells, sharing plates gave us just the right amount and food as good as ever. Lovely combinations of flavours and different from most places one goes. Highly recommended.

DH
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service could have been more attentive, very slow at times. One of our meals was pretty bland but otherwise ok, not groundbreaking. We were a group of six and had a good time.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

It’s such a shame that they allow smoking outside when they have all the windows does open. The whole restaurant ends up stinking of cigarette smoke which is not what you want while trying to enjoy Caravan’s lovely food.

I’ve complained several times to the staff there and they don’t really seem to care or even understand why it’s a problem.

We will not be returning to this branch because of this second hand smoke.

LK
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was great, the vibe was also just as good.
I'd definitely recommend this place to friends.

VA
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good value prices in a nice area of London. Really handy for Sadler's Wells theatre pre dinner

M
Hertfordshire
9 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Go regularly as I love the food. Service is good too.

c
London
33 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great fresh flavours in the dishes with some classics as well as new recipes. All was served quickly and by friendly staff.

JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall a great experience. Eggs on avo tasted great but the sourdough was a bit under toasted/tough to cut

LE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Main course was delicious the nicest main course I have had in ages - I booked again immediately !!!! 😀

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! Delicious, creative cuisine served by friendly waiters. I loved some of the dishes so much, I bought the cookbook.

H
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Paid £20 for cod (!) and it was the most boring dish I ever had. Cod with mushrooms that was still sitting in dirty water that the mushrooms had been cooked in. COD was fine in itself but nothing special and to charge £20 seemed insane. Definitely wouldn’t recommend. My friend had the cod too and hers was the same. Juice was nice but they stopped making blended juices at 4pm for some reason.

P
Bath
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had one of their bowls, it was really delicious but the portion was quite small.

SK
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice food and helpful staff in terms of allergies.

LF
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

First time trying this location - big fan of other locations. Although ambiance, venue and service are great, food missed the mark. Food was generally underwhelming, and some dishes had ingredients that did not compliment eachother. Would go back for cocktails and drinks, but would skip out on eating with so many other options on the strip.

ES
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Friday 9.20pm. The food - especially the halloumi and mushroom bowl and the cauliflower ‘small plate’ - was exceptional. The ‘cheesecake’ dessert - despite the absence of a cake base - was delicious. Food arrived promptly, but frequency of service dropped as the time passed. Not giving 5 stars because loud music and loud conversations of two parties bouncing off the polished concrete floors reduced our ability to hear each other (over a small table for 2) steadily to next to nothing. The food maybe looked good but it’s far too dark to see it. The place tried to cater both to cocktail parties and to diners. Got to have a look at the food in normal light on the pass in the basement, was n the way to the loos - it did look very nice under normal lighting.

AJ
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Friendly staff and positioned in a nice spot alone exmouth market. We did have to wait quite some time for our drinks, arriving after our food came out, even though we ordered this almost as soon as we arrived.

RE
London
10 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food as always. Was disappointed however, to be told here on OpenTable that our preferred time was unavailable when the restaurant was, in fact, totally deserted.

OT
London
1 review
Reviewed on 10 December 2018
Overall 3food service ambience

I felt compelled to write this review - a near first for me - because of just how awful Caravan's food was. My boyfriend and I wanted a restaurant for a Saturday night date night with ambience and charm. From the exterior, Caravan seemed a fit and we felt fortunate to find a table. While the ambience didn't disappoint too much - the music and general 'vibe' were solid - the food was abysmal. The fries were frozen inside. The cauliflower was frozen outside. And the lamb meat balls tasted so strange we would have preferred if they had been frozen. Then they may have numbed the effect of the other two plates. The croquettes were passable, but likely pale in comparison to Waitrose' finest frozen assortment. Drinks - margaritas - went down okay, but unfortunately we couldn't gulp them fast enough to wash down the food - because getting a waiter's attention was as difficult has a taxi in a snow storm. All in all, a real bust, with a nice exterior.

G
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Poached eggs were cold. Sent back, received 2 more cold poached eggs. Awful. Wanted to send back again although was with client and didn't want to make a fuss. Seriously bad. Like they'd been in a fridge.

N
London
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food and the service was good but the space was too noisy. The value for money is also not the best. We’ve been to better restaurants with better ambience for more value.

l
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good diner experience. All plates were very nice and tasty with real research in the combination.
The corn bread is a very nice surprise. Don't underestimate it. And so are the desserts. The ginger cake and the chocolate delice don't disappoint. I always judge the quality of a cuisine by the dessert and Caravan ticks the mark.
The service however could just slightly be improved (we received dishes even before we had our drinks and waited a while to order the dessert and pay the bill)

J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really tasty and great atmosphere on a busy, sunny evening. Great service, pretty loud!

LM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is always excellent, attentive but not over-attentive service, great atmosphere. More antipodean wines on the list would make it perfect.

h
London
163 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome and very creative

i
London
169 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is amazing but service/price isn't the best possible

PV
London
41 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Four of us went for dinner on a Friday night. All the food was sooooo tasty and the atmosphere was great. Service was efficient and friendly enough I guess.

Smaller than the Kings Cross one but food equally good. Would recommend.

E
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food! GET THE BURRATA YOU WILL BE SO GLAD YOU DID!!!!

VA
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Caravan is one of my fav places to meet friendsor go on a first date :)

LS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great space and lovely ambience. Really enjoyed the food and service. Would definitely go again.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had the Caravan fry up which was excellent. Good service in a relaxed environment. Excellent for brunch.

T
London
56 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Every time I go to this Caravan I remember why I have not been for a while. The place is just to noisy and its almost impossible to have any form of conversation.
Besides that the food is always amazing but it would be great if they were to do some sonic insulation work.

EL
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent creative food in small sharing plate format. Particular favourite was braised oxtail on polenta mash. Only let down was wine list which was too focused on old world wines.

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great coffee, espresso martinis, ambience and service. Top date place

EY
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Too loud to hold a conversation without shouting across the table.
Disappointed by the lamb ribs, which was served as fat on bone without any meat and luke warm, and the corn bread which had lovely flavours but was cold.
Service was great and dealt with the situation well

A
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. We shared lots of small plates - seasoned well and attentive staff.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food. Good place to meet. Tasty food suitable for vegetarians.

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