The Bonneville

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A slick French bar and brasserie on the streets of Clapton, The Bonneville has set up shop at the former home of Fitzgerald's. The interior showcases many of the original features of the former boozer, including mosaics across the walls and floors. A stunning feature is the arched, stained glass ceiling in the main dining room, eye-catching and beautiful.

The Bonneville serves up tasty cocktail; including some wonderful combination such as the classic Mint Julep (bourbon, mint), Morning Glory Fizz (scotch, absinthe, lemon, sugar, egg white, soda) and French Martini (vodka, Chambord, pressed pineapple juice). You can also enjoy a strong selection of beers and rustic French cuisine - a striking combination. Expect a wonderful range of French-inspired dishes, including Veal T-Bone with pomme dauphinoise, onlget with green beans and savoury crepes. Open till 1am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, this is a nice place to grab a drink in Clapton.


No Door Charge
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££


Day Open Close Notes
17:00 00:00
17:00 00:00
17:00 00:00
17:00 01:00
17:00 01:00
10:00 01:00
10:00 00:00


The Bonneville
43 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0NS

East London

Nearest station:
Hackney Downs (Rail)
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Drink Prices Price
Cocktail £7.00


A word from the chef:
Expect a wonderful range of French-inspired dishes, including Veal T-Bone with pomme dauphinoise, onlget with green beans and savoury crepes.

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Happened to be walking past in the afternoon, welcomed for a (Belgian) beer by ever-so-friendly Stewart on the door, went back in the evening for an excellent dining experience. Buzzy atmosphere - obviously popular. Good value and great taste. Loved the music too.
19 Oct 2014 by peterjackling

really nice place, had drinks with friends there and knew already once I walked in that they focus on quality in any imaginable way. thank you for the nice experience
28 Sep 2014 by Pierre

staggeringly beautiful interior - complete with smog filled cobbled street & too many cocktails to remember much. excellent food, fantastic atmosphere and a particularly fine taxidermied rhino's head - best place to drink in clapton
19 Sep 2014 by Viktor

This has to be one of the most beautiful bars in London. I'd go again for the toilets alone, they have to be seen to be believed! The food and cocktails were also amazing.
23 Jun 2014 by alex1979
2 person people found this helpful

I walked past last week with my girlfriend and young daughter. We popped in and had a beer and the place is beautiful. The decor is dark and has a Victorian feel. It has really been done well. The lovely waitress showed us around and was advised us to pop down to the loos. I won't spoil it but really feels like a bit of theatre heading down those stairs. We only had 15 mins so didn't eat but will be back for sure. The staff were charming, beer was great and menu looked really interesting with some tasty plates to look forward to. Good luck with the venture.
17 Jun 2014 by bennyjet
3 person people found this helpful

The place looked great, I was aware of the controversy but I think they have responded well to that social media fuck up. I had a beer, served in an ice cold glass, a continental glass which I think is 4/5 of a pint, so at £4 for that, works out at nearly a fiver a pint. I have never liked the practice of putting your change in a little dish with the hope of a 'keep the change' if I want to tip the barman, I tip the barman, I don't need a clumsy hint. Staff were very friendly, and very stylishly dressed. It did remind me of bars in Belgium and France. I have lived in Clapton since 1997, and I am wary of the current 'Clapton gold rush' which this place appears to be part of. We need to keep bars that are more inclusive of the wider community and the new bars can be a bit exclusive to be honest. That said, I did enjoy my drink in there.
17 Jun 2014 by mjt21
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I love this place, and have done since it first opened. Being just round the corner from my flat it was about time that a bar that stays open late appeared within walking distance. The service is charming and friendly, the drinks are truly exceptional and the food, is unreal. Not to mention the decor. Whenever people visit my flat it usually ends up with a cocktail there after dinner, which is always perfect. In regards to the unfortunate events that have taken place there in the past few days; yes it is awful what happened, yes it may have been a bad idea to post that photo. However, i'm pretty sure it was not intended maliciously or sarcastically, and the entire situation has been blown into absolutely EPIC proportions and is now becoming downright nasty. i feel sorry for them. Bombarded by passive aggressive keyboard warriors who have probably never set foot over the threshold. You can talk about gentrification of course, but i'm pretty certain that most of the people who have written those callous reviews and tweets are most likely gentrifiers themselves and are scared to admit it from behind their laptops. Besides this, this is a natural progression of a city, things change. I am not an exception, i moved to the area a few years ago after being priced out of another neighbourhood, however, after years of deprivation surely it is nice to have something that brightens up the horizon once in a while. I take my hat off to them, i don't condone what a now ex member of staff may have done, but when things like this are on the internet, people look between the lines and only see the negative points of an argument. Christ sake they have apologised profusely enough times to make my eyes water, don't you think they've seen enough. There's only so many times they can say sorry, what do you expect them to do next? Accept the fact they have apologised and move on. Besides, next week when the mass media has moved on from this debacle, this whole thing will be relegated to the twitter archive and be done with. Stop with the naysaying. I will continue going there, I personally love it and I am sure the future will treat them well, i'll probably even go there now. Nasty reviews won't stop me, and I hope other people can see past it too. Go and experience a truly beautiful setting, you may even be surprised.
17 Jun 2014 by trishfingers
4 person people found this helpful

So, the real question is what will the Bonneville do next? If they have any sense they will get involved in this: LINK REMOVED - i will not be setting foot in the Bonneville until i see a CitySafe Haven sticker in the window.
16 Jun 2014 by jogon
4 person people found this helpful

Disgraceful place. Shame on you, we don't need places like this in Hackney, or people like this. You can take your business somewhere else, because you are certainly not welcomed here.
16 Jun 2014 by tinamita
4 person people found this helpful

Firstly, in regards to the negative reviews below & on social media, I have kept a close eye on the developments of the situation. I can understand why people feel so strongly about the comment that was originally put out by the establishment in a time and place such as Hackney, but I also think media can be extremely biased. We all make mistakes in the heat of the moment & all we can do is try to rectify them in the best way that we know. Tearing down & writing hateful abuse to the social media accounts doesn't make you any better a person, neither does it solve the situation. Be careful what/ who you judge without knowing the full story... Here goes; I visited this restaurant on the weekend. Having booked a table beforehand, thank God I did! It was full! This is one of the most beautiful bar/ restaurants I have ever been to in London in a very long time. Some would describe it as an 'acquired taste', but if you truly appreciate art, I can guarantee you will be wow-ed. The cocktails are beautiful, reasonably-priced & they have a huge selection of spirits, as well as draught beers. The food is absolutely amazing; a menu on rotation, just-right portions, beautifully seasoned & the succulent, tender meat melts in your mouth. As you watch the manager/ owner recieving praise from many customers, he is clearly a very humble individual who takes great pride in his establishment and appreciates the custom of a wide variety of age groups. The staff were equally as friendly; nothing was too much to ask & service was attentive and prompt. Overall, exquisite, breath-taking decor, a wide variety of cocktails & spirits, beautiful food & great customer service. I don't know about you, but regardless of the situation surrounding this beauty right now, I like to give credit where credit is due! Keep your head held high Bonneville. You most certainly have something to be proud of. Congratulations!
16 Jun 2014 by unbiased
6 person people found this helpful

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16 Jun 2014 by aidanb
8 person people found this helpful

Rubbish generic overpriced hipster pub, made worse by horrible owners who have a callous attitude towards the community where they ply their trade. Please do not give them your custom! !
16 Jun 2014 by Joe
10 person people found this helpful

This sounds like a really terrible place, have only heard bad things and they have a shocking attitude to local community. Would avoid, plenty of other establishments in the area worth going too.
15 Jun 2014 by calptonia
5 person people found this helpful

I'm looking forward to checking this place out when it opens; I've walked past the sad old pub and often wondered what would take its place. Plus, I love a good mosaic.
27 Feb 2014 by beckyomalley
2 person people found this helpful

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