The Owl and Pussycat
34 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP
020 3487 0088
Tube: Shoreditch High Street
The scene: I loved this place when it was smelly, run-down and staffed by the worst- tempered bartender in London. But that’s just me. The pub has been refurbished and is now cosy but clean with a bevy of charming people working behind the bar. It gets busy at the weekend or on a sunny evening when you can sit in the (heated) beer garden or stand outside. The vibe is casual and friendly.
The grub: Traditional British fare with a few twists. Head to the restaurant upstairs for more peaceful dining.
Behind the bar: Good range of beers on tap, including several ales.
Bill please: Pint of lager £4, ale £3.60, wine from £3.
Verdict: Manages to tread the line between laid-back and sophisticated. You’d be hard pushed to have a bad time here.
– Frankie Mullin