Climpson’s Arch is the home of Climpson and Sons Roastery as well as a multi-purpose fully licensed venue for dining, drinking, music and events. Climpson’s Arch has been a natural progression of our interest in crafting artisan products and a welcoming venue for the local community.
When Climpson's Arch began as a place to house a new roaster for Climpson and Sons growing coffee output in 2012, owner Ian Burgess’s vision was utilise the railway arch space to create a platform for young chefs to show off their talents. “Chefs are rarely seen outside their isolated kitchen restaurant environment. Here, chefs can assert their talent, interact with the customers and get back to basics with food and fire.”
After a successful summer season collaborating with Dave Pynt for Burnt Enz in 2012, Climpson's Arch gained it's licence as a permanent venue for 2013. Building woodfire ovens and a kitchen in a shipping container, the Arch partnered with Licky Chop by Lucky Chip to take over the chef duties in Summer of 2013.
As an important aspect of Climpson's Arch, the bar has recently undergone a refurbishment, designed by architect Lucy Tauber, ready to relaunch in mid November for the first winter season, ensuring the space can host events all year round.
Climpson’s Arch aims to create an ambience that is relaxed, informal and upbeat, where people can enjoy fresh seasonal produce, craft beers , coffee drinks, speciality cocktails and boutique wines... come join us!
"A DIY arch with terrace that oozes charm"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
We commented recently, in the form of an in-depth feature, on the good fortunes of East London’s railway arches. Along with bakeries and breweries an arch on the periphery of London Fields is home to the Climpson’s coffee roastery. Since they already had an arch, they decided to develop it, with the magic words of BBQ and Craft Beer thrown into the mix. Known as the Climpson’s Arch, the space is much like an oversized DIY bar and terrace, which is where the inevitable charm comes from.
The yard outside the arch is home to a portable kitchen, a cookout in a van that offers up Lucky Chip’s BBQ venture, Licky Chop and a number of alternatives from other residents. Think roasted chicken, burritos and pork. The other half of the venue is the arch itself. Already (during summer) only open from Thursday till Sunday, we’ll have to wait and see if winter brings restricted opening on an even greater level. Hopefully the closed interior will mean year-round fun in the simple space. This is a summery space, as many locals can attest. The live music events and carnival spirit have made Helmsley Place a new slice of excitement in an area crammed with entertainment. However, pin up some fairy lights, sprinkle a little fake snow and the Climpson’s Arch has got winter grotto written all over it – and they can have that one for free.
So, either we’ll be looking forward to summer, expectantly awaiting the return of premium BBQ and carnival antics or the arch will endure and it will be all mulled cider and mince pies for the next six months. We wait for news with baited breath.
T.A.O reviewed Climpson's Arch on Fri 20 Sep 2013