British, Modern Restaurants in Whitechapel
1. Mr White's English Chophouse British, Modern restaurant in Whitechapel 103 - 107 New Road - E1
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2. The Buxton British, Modern restaurant in Tower Hamlets 42 Osborn Street - E1
From the team behind the nearby Culpeper, this new (June 2019) gastroboozer occupies a cleverly rebuilt seven-storey site near the foot of Brick Lane, whose redevelopment has allowed the addition of 15 bedrooms. It opened too late for survey feedback: The Standard’s David Sexton found the ground floor bar a little “cramped” and “not for lingering”, but a good value, if “lonely pioneer of bourgeois taste” in this grungy ’hood.
3. The Culpeper British, Modern restaurant in Aldgate 40 Commercial St - E1
“The lovely first-floor dining room is a particular favourite” at this thoughtfully converted Spitalfields gastropub with its own rooftop garden (complete with summer BBQ). “Friendly” and “unpretentious”, its cooking pleases all reporters (but misses the raves it once attracted).
4. VQ British, Modern restaurant in City 9 Aldgate High St - EC3N
“Handy… especially when other places are shut!” – these “round-the-clock” diners have grown from their SW10 base (which has been around for yonks) to bring their late-night formula of “decent food, a good vibe, friendly service and dependable value” to ever-more ’hoods: recent additions include sites in Euston and Clapham. Only Chelsea, Bloomsbury and Aldgate are actually 24/7.
5. St John Bread & Wine British, Traditional restaurant in Shoreditch 94-96 Commercial St - E1
Home of “possibly the best bacon sandwich in London amongst all the faddishness and superficiality of modern Spitalfields” – this “carnivore heaven” is “more accessible and less full-on than the original (and still best) St John”, but still serves “excellent nose-to-tail food” from breakfast to dinner. Its white-walled, canteen-like quarters are echoey and not especially comfortable, but somehow avoid seeming as grimly utilitarian as they otherwise might. Top Tip – the baking is gorgeous: “an Eccles cake here will offer all the benefits of a warm hug”.
6. Humble Grape British, Modern restaurant in City 8 Devonshire Row - EC2M
“An amazing choice of wines” is served by “lovely staff, who are passionate and knowledgeable about the list” at these “proper wine bars”, whose liquid offering is “complemented by a very good food menu” of “well-made” dishes (small plates, plus cheese and charcuterie). The Battersea original is still the branch attracting most feedback, although the chain is spreading eastwards, and its operation in the crypt of St Bride’s Church and newer Liverpool Street branch are “very competent”: next stop is an opening in Canary Wharf.
7. Helix (Searcys at The Gherkin) British, Modern restaurant in City 30 St Mary Axe - EC3A
“The wow factor” of its “remarkable views by day or night” helps make this “fun and busy” space – the top three stories of this landmark City tower (originally restricted to those working in the Gherkin, now open to the public) – a “good choice for a special occasion”. The catering has its fans too, although critiques include that it can be “ordinary” or “very expensive”. Top Tip – “good set menu”.
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