Mason & Taylor
51-55 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA , 020 7749 9670
Tube: Liverpool St, Rail: Shoreditch High Street
The scene: Industrial elegance, with wooden tables, exposed light-fittings and lots of aluminium on show. There are massive windows so it’s light and great for people-watching by day but cosy
at night. Works equally for a date or a boozy gathering of friends.
The grub: All food is seasonal, locally produced and utterly delicious. It’s served on small plates, so order several to share. The lovingly planned dishes change regularly and include unexpected ingredients. Expect acorn risotto and pickled ox tongue. The grilled Jerusalem artichokes and wild boar sausage with beetroot mash are unique and delicious.
Behind the bar: As big a selling point as the food, the menu boasts 12 craft beers and real ales on tap plus loads of bottled beers. Friendly staff will help you if you’re lost!
Bill please: Beers from £4, small dishes from £3.
Verdict: Original, cool-but- not-pretentious and genuinely good. When gentrification happens with this much style, we’re happy.
– Frankie Mullin