Secret Diner Review: Cafe Clarkes

Published on July 31, 2014

By Ian Tanner

Lee Clarke gives his name to this cafe and to his main restaurant in the middle of Peterborough city centre, both of which he runs in conjunction with his business partner(s?) from The Banyan Tree (another local restaurant).

Cafe Clarkes resides next to the foyer of the Key Theatre and with mostly glass walls (and a patio) has a light and bright feel, with views looking out onto the banks of the River Nene. While Clarkes in Peterborough city centre is knocking on the door of a Michelin Star (three knifes and forks so far) Cafe Clarkes has a different target. Suffice to say that what it does, it does extremely well. In particular it offers a three-course ‘Lunch to Pre-Theatre’ menu (currently priced at £15) which is a delight!

There have been some reduced-price offers but don’t wait for one of those as you’ll be wasting time required to go back again (and again!). And if you like Lee’s style you’re likely to be tempted by his similar-format lunch menu in the middle of town for just £5 more. There’s a good wine list starting at £16. That reminds me of my one negative: no draught beer!

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.