Typing Room opens on the site of Viajante

picture of Town Hall Hotel

With more buzz than a nest of angry hornets, it was proclaimed in February that Lee Westcott (formerly of the unstoppable Jason Atherton empire) would step in to replace Nuno Mendes’ Viajante at the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green. And finally the much-heralded restaurant, Typing Room, opens today (16 May).

The 40-cover dining room serves six and eight course tasting menus, as well as Ã  la carte dishes. Westcott says his new venture will “offer a refined European menu showcasing and focusing on the British seasons and produce”. Food served at the neighbouring Peg + Patriot bar and the Corner Room is also provided by Typing Room’s kitchen.

Westcott brings an impressive CV to this new venture, which numbers his old boss Atherton among its backers. He has previously worked with Tom Aikens, Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, as well as time at New York’s Per Se and Noma before running Atherton’s Hong Kong restaurants 22 Ships and Ham & Sherry.

Cocktails and drinks for Typing Room are served by the Peg + Patriot bar, which operates under Matt Whiley (of the Talented Mr Fox at One Leicester Street). Read our interview with Matt.


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