Typing Room at Town Hall Hotel

Lee Westcott’s creative menu of modern European cuisine is pure, natural and honest cooking, presented in a relaxed atmosphere in the Town Hall hotel’s Typing Room restaurant. The hotel imbues minimal contemporary style in splendid architecture in the heart of the vibrant east end of London.

It’s no secret that East London is undergoing a renaissance, but for the last couple of years, the grandly renovated Town Hall Hotel has been leading the charge in Bethnal Green.Its old restaurant, Viajante, even brought the Michelin men out of the city centre for the first time. Now that Nuno Mendes has left the building, hungry eyes have turned to Lee Westcott, freshly planted in the kitchen of new dining offering the Typing Room. He hasn’t disappointed…

This is the best restaurant in East London right now.

Gourmet credentials - The man behind the menu is Lee Westcott (an alumnus of Tom Aikens, Noma and Per Se) and the man behind Lee Westcott is Midas-touch restaurateur du jour Jason Atherton, so the Typing Room’s culinary pedigree is  impeccable. Westcott’s approach is simple and seasonal (five‘snacks, five starters, five mains and five ‘treats’) but his dishes are crafted with intricacy and showcase inventive flavour combinations – mackerel and passion fruit, pine-smoked pigeon, chocolate and lovage…

Top tipple - The Typing Room’s wine list is the realm of Barcelona-born sommelier Miguel Gomez, who clearly has a special affection for Italian and Spanish labels. There’s a good range of wines by the glass too, but those in search of real liquid innovation should pick up a preprandial in Town Hall bar Peg & Patriot – if only to see salt-beef beigels and marmite work on a cocktail menu…


— Innovative flavour combinations

— Astonishing savoury cocktails

— Jason Atherton pedigree

Rates from £172.26 per night

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