East end pub grub

Long gone are the days when Shoreditch was purely a cutting-edge grimey destination, boasting raves in carparks and sketchy bars. These days, it’s less rave, more gastro and as a result there are plenty of foodie destinations to explore.

I found myself in the Owl and the Pussycat on Redchurch Street last weekend for a friend’s birthday. In the space of about 3 years, Redchurch Street has gone from being a standard backstreet with the odd gallery, to a hive of drinking and eating establishments.

All low ceilings and rustic charm, this pub emanates the east-end tavern vibe. Downstairs is full of your classic, trendy crowd and on a Saturday night, it’s heaving. If that’s not your thing, head back on a quieter night and take advantage of the original bar snacks such as parmesan chips with black truffe mayonnaise washed down with a pint of Hobgoblin.

Upstairs is the more formal dining room which they have styled in the self-proclaimed ‘Dickensian swish’ look. Here you can sample the full menu which has a predominantly fishy range of choices including oysters, white bait, mussels and crab. I’ve heard they also serve up a mean Sunday roast…and who can resist that?!

(The Owl & Pussycat, 34 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DP)

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