Cat and Mutton
London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
This sprawling Georgian alehouse in Broadway Market has been the subject of a pretty spectacular revamp care of new owner, Tom Gibson, of Ruby’s in Dalston.
The ground floor still has the look and feel of a boozer, albeit a very cool one while upstairs there’s a speakeasy-style bar and dining room.
The pub part of the operation offers Meantime ales on tap along with other craft brews. The first-floor drinking den, dubbed Pearl’s, is a low lit space with tin ceiling tiles. There’s a better than expected wine list with a good choice by the glass, carafe or bottle, as well as an on-the money cocktail list, full of on-trend tipples, rye, pisco, and Kamm’s all present and correct. We’re intrigued by the idea of the Alfred’s Porter, a punchy mix of cognac, stout, honey, and oyster sauce, and suspect the Ethel’s Wish, a blend of rhubarb liqueur, lemon, and prossecco, will slip down all too easily on a warm London evening. Food is a cut above too as you’d expect from the Ruby’s crew with Ben Denner of Lucky Chip the chef in residence, under the banner of the Licky Chops. The menu’s full of interesting and tasty things, and is not overpriced either, something which we appreciate. Big, bold flavours are the order of the day, along with an appealing attention to detail. Bread comes from the popular E5 Bakehouse and is duly excellent; their Sunday roasts are also all kinds of awesome.
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