The Factory House
London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
Billed as “a refuge for the modern day industrialist,” the Factory House, a basement a bar and restaurant opposite the Lloyds building has a would-be steampunk vibe that teeters on the kitsch. On entering the venue you’re handed a time-stamp card which you insert into an old clocking-in machine; the spacious subterranean room is peppered with antique train station clocks, old pipes and valves. The waiting station is a converted Victorian coffee roaster and the menus have the look of old newspaper. It’s a busy, cluttered space, which can feel a bit over-themed at times, but the pleasingly comprehensive wine list is ample compensation, as is the selection of Meantime beers. There’s also a short list of cocktails, divided into classics including a Factory House Punch – and ‘colonial libations’. The open kitchen is at work all day through, serving a wide range of breakfast options as well as lunch and dinner. There’s nothing particularly Victorian about the food there’s no Heston Blumenthal style pilfering of historic recipes rather this is solidly cooked modern British food, with steak (from our ß-grillsmithß- apparently) featuring prominently. They serve a great range of British cheeses and their hearty lunch specials will be of particular appeal to local City workers before they’re reclaimed by the machine and the crunch of cogs and gears.
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