London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
The little sister of Galvin La Chapelle and the flagship venue of the Galvin pub group, located right next-door to its Spitalfields sibling, boasts a lovely undercover heated rear garden terrace and a menu of what Time Out calls “pimped-up pub grub. “ This translates as bistro-style dishes and a more casual vibe than other Galvin ventures. Formerly called Café a Vin and offering exactly what you’d expect given the name, beer is now the order of the day, with great, gleaming copper vats of unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell above the bar. The stuff is brought in weekly from the Czech Republic. Wine hasn’t been neglected though, with a small but decent range available on tap, including a superior Sauvignon Blanc, thanks to a new high tech system. The food menu includes Dorset crab on toast and a vast Barnsley chop. Their gourmet hotdogs are really something and they have a range of tasty flatbreads (try the one with the one with snails, slathered in garlic butter). The fish pie is also a good bet (and something of a Galvin speciality too). The room is pubby but in a sleek contemporary way with lots of chrome and copper offset with warm wood. The place has an appealing after work buzz and is also a great lunch spot.