THE SCENE This bustling, bright and breezy four-level venue, which is jam-packed on Friday nights, is the place to be in east London. Located in trendy Spitalfields, it offers an upmarket pub atmosphere in the large, open space on the ground floor, with chunky wooden tables and big windows. Head downstairs for sleek black sofa booths, bottles of champagne and dance the night away to live music courtesy of well-known DJs. Or climb the stairs to the first-floor for some pretty decent posh nosh. There’s also a room on the top floor for private parties.
THE GRUB Pop in for an English muffin breakfast; a fishfinger sandwich for lunch or the Luxe bacon burger for a pre-drink meal. Or, it’s fine dining with a rustic twist in the first-floor white-tableclothed Dining Room, with options such as wood pigeon breast, oysters, and ham hock terrine.
BEHIND THE BAR It’s an impressive menu, which has obviously been put together with the discerning drinker in mind. There’s a great selection of cocktails, shots and fizzy stuff, as well top-notch beers on tap (including Asahi).
Bill please Bar snacks from £3; lunch from £5.50; cocktails from £7; shots £5; wine by the glass from £4.20; pint of beer from £4.10.
VERDICT If you get here early and manage to bag yourself a table, settle in for the night – this one’s a keeper. carol driver
ADDRESS 109 Commercial Street, E1 6BG TUBE Liverpool Street