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Typing Room

Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, LONDON, E2 9NF

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The old Bethnal Green town hall was built at the end of the Edwardian era, and is uniquely suited to have become a 21st-century hotel. The space where council memos were once hammered out on manual typewriters is now an independent dining room, designed along impeccable modern lines, including an open-to-view theatre kitchen with five evening shows a week and four lunch matinées. Time spent at international reference eateries Noma and Per Se, and productive periods under London maestros Tom Aikens and Jason Atherton, have refined Lee Westcott's output to a rare pitch of concentrated creativity, and even where dishes look perfectly straightforward, they reveal unexpected depths of intensity from one mouthful to the next. That's certainly the case with an opening salad of Isle of Wight tomatoes, cobnuts and ricotta in chamomile oil and basil, the inspired element being a clutch of raspberries that enhance the tomatoes no end. At main, richly satisfying smoked eel is contrasted with chicken wings and radish in a golden onion consommé, while the game season brings on partridge served with a little sausage of its offals, offset with red cabbage, blackberry relish and sweet cipollini onions in a sturdy game reduction. To finish, there are fragrant desserts such as satin-smooth sheep's yogurt ice cream with apple and dill granita, or cleanly refreshing lemon sorbet with almond cream and salt caramel praline. Canapés are a parade of inventive delights, and bread service is as ingenious as the rest, when a sourdough loaf made with IPA bitter comes with Marmite butter and crunchy barley seeds.

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Tel: 020 7871 0461
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Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 24-26 Dec, 1 Jan
Days closed for lunch: Tue

Restaurant information

Cooking type: British, Modern European
Chef: Lee Westcott
Number of seats: 36
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.

Typing Room, London e2
  • Typing Room, London e2
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