Pod Life – The Lawn Club delivers a whale of a time and its half price
Emma Chadwick | 25th January 2022
Even on the coldest night of the year, The Lawn Club is a cozy oasis in the heart of Spinningfields and even better, its food offering is half price for the rest of January.
It’s a mostly outdoor venue, ideal if you’re still a smoker as you don’t have to go far to enjoy a drink and a fag, with plenty of cover and heaters and pergolas that you can pre-book should the weather turn. Obviously, it’s glorious on a sunny day.
There are also pods that you can drink or dine in, they seat seven and are £10 to hire in the week and £30 Friday to Sunday. These are toasty, with blankets and hot water bottles and great fun if you want to let of steam without the whole world knowing your business.
The Lawn Club Med Salad
The food though was the big hit on the night we went – while Sophie who looked after us was a fantastic host, all with a lovely, casual fun vibe and banging soundtrack.
The Lawn Club has big plans to add to the food offering with a pizza oven and I hope they don’t tamper with the current menu too much as there were some fantastic dishes and what’s better, it’s half price for the rest of January.
So, get down the back of the sofa and grab what pennies you have before pay day and treat yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
There are small plates that can act as starters or for sharing dishes which start from £4.50 (£7 to serve four) and we raved about the bang bang cauliflower, which was a crispy, nutty delight working beautifully with the sweet veg cut through.
A sharing platter of baked camembert (sharing plates from £7) was a gooey, gorgeous indulgence that took us back to the pistes and made the equally sumptuous brie bites a little redundant (our eyes were bigger than our bellies).
A burger that's dripping in good stuff.
Tiger prawns in a lobster sauce are served in their shell but are worth the messy de-shelling, plump and spicy, whilst salt and pepper calamari was equally good, a tangy delight.
We were washing these down with cocktails (from £8) and can recommend the classic Espresso Martini and Lawn Star, yum! Sophie also arranged for sugar-free versions for the VIVA gym buddy. We also quaffed fizz and bottles start from £35, whilst house wines start from £24.
Onto mains and I enjoyed the classic burger, just what you want from a burger, juicy meat, cheese and pickles, with halloumi and chicken options available. All a tenner (well a fiver in Jan).
The others chose salads and the first thing to say is that these are huge portions, so you may not need as many starters.
The heated outdoor terrace at The Lawn Club.
A classic Caesar with added chicken did what it said on the tin, whilst a Med salad was a colourful array of avo, artichokes and a rainbow of Med salad.
Loaded fries (ok so they chose salad and fries) were gulped down with accompanying groans of pleasure.
Puddings, if you have space start from £4, we didn’t have the room but at half price, you deserve a sweet treat.
VIVA Verdict: A great place to catch up with mates and food that will surprise you. One to add to your list.