Sally Clarke

After a two year diploma course in hotel and catering at Croydon Technical College, Sally Clarke studied at Cordon Bleu School in Paris where from daily experience of the food markets, cafes and restaurants she began to visualise a career in the world of food and wine. Sally then spent 4 years in California where she met Alice Waters of Chez Panisse who became her mentor and friend.

In 1983 she returned to London to search for a site for her restaurant and the following year saw the opening of Clarke's in Kensington Church Street, London offering her famous "no choice" four course dinner menu. Today, the idea of a "Sally's" choice menu remains, now in a 3 course format and has been supplemented with an a la carte menu as well.


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In 1988 Sally acquired the building next door to the restaurant and there developed Clarke's Shop, a provisions shop selling freshly baked goods from the restaurant kitchen, including pastries, breads, tarts, cakes, muffin and biscuits alongside a daily changing selection of fruits and vegetables.
Sally Clarke Shop moved to new premises across the road at 1 Campden Street in January 2013.

From this successful business developed a wholesale bread business, Sally Clarke Bakery, which now produces up to 3000 loaves each night, delivered on a daily basis to many central London hotels, restaurants and speciality shops, including The House of Commons, Eurostar, The Dorchester, Searcy's, Galvin Restaurants and The MCC at Lords.

1999 saw the publication of "Sally Clarke's Book, recipes from a Restaurant, Shop and Bakery" which was awarded the Glenfiddich prize for Best Food Book. It was also shortlisted for the Food Writers Guild award. In 2006 Tatler magazine awarded the restaurant "Most Consistently Excellent Restaurant". Sally was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Honours List in 2009.

After more than 29 years in Kensington Church Street, Sally is still to be seen most days in the kitchen, shop and bakery where she works closely with her teams developing new ideas, recipes and menus.