Bar review: The English Restaurant, E1

This cute, old fashioned place looks more like an inn that a restaurant from the outside, and sure enough there’s plenty of space in the front to sit and have a drink in the beautiful bar that’s filled with natural light.

The cluttered walls and exposed brickwork are factors that make the place feel cosy and distinctly Parisian.

There certainly appears to be a ‘no crap booze on tap’ policy here, with just a few pumps dispensing Bruges Zot Blonde, Yakima Red, Paulaner, and two Redemption brewery cask ales.

The chips we had to accompany our drinks were quite simply the best I’ve ever had in a bar or restaurant – like chip shop chips done really, really well. The mayo was homemade with the consistency of butter. My friends who claimed not to be hungry somehow mustered an extra appetite when they arrived.

This is the perfect place for a quiet drink after a browse around Spitalfields market – though I don’t know how hectic it must be on weekends. Suffice to say, if I worked just a little closer to the area I’d make it a frequent business meeting spot.