Grub at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
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Time Out says
Posted: Thu May 16 2013
Anyone who’s been to a night at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club will know that you don’t go there for the décor or the sparkling service. It’s trashy and it smells bad, but the nights they put on are a lot of fun. Thankfully the club’s new dining room has no nasty niffs, and on our visit the service was both friendly and attentive.
The menu features homely brunch dishes, a mix of British and Mediterranean mains, such as calf’s liver and mash or provençal-style fish stew, plus roast dinners on a Sunday. Our belly pork was served with a decent strip of crackling and tender meat, but the roasties were a little soggy, and the gravy was thick like Bisto.
It’s a fun place to pop in if you happen to be in the area, but the cooking is more home-style than restaurant standard, unlike the prices.
Grub at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club 42-44 Pollard Row
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4.3 / 5
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I am so lucky to have GRUB around the corner from me! After a hectic night out, their divine breakfast (with the best rye soldiers,) along with a fantastic conversation with another lone diner helped me fuel for super busy day. In fact I made a repeat visit that very evening, treating myself to their Sunday Roast (after hearing recommendations.) Now I can seriously say this lived up to its reputation - it even had a fabulous fennel find to treat my palette, while served with a remarkable horseradish sauce. Now having just finished a Cordon Bleu course myself, I certainly do not agree with the review above. The food's presentation is always beautiful, the quality of the food is great and the factor that GRUB changes their menu every week keeps it exciting. It's such a friendly atmosphere and it makes me happy to say I am already a GRUB regular. I even have my own majestic tea spoon - but I doubt this journo will ever get one of these… as it seems as though the picture painted about BGWMC by this person pretty much framed his writing about the food in general, which I find greatly unfair. It's a separate entity or did he not quite get that? There aren't many food places around here which I like as much. Fact :)
I hate to say it but I totally disagree! I heard about the joint through friends and thought I would give it a try, I found the food to be of a much higher standard and certainly not 'home-style'. Due to the quality of food if anything I was surprised when our bill came and turned out to be more than reasonable. This place is a little gem...I am salivating thinking about the lamb chops even now!
Certainly not the latest in molecular cooking but very decent all the same. We stumbled into this while at a party at the BMWC and were immediately charmed by the space and the staff. As for the food: The working men's all day breakfast is brilliant. Lovely sausage and black pudding and mushrooms that taste like mushrooms. Will be back to try some of their more ambitious dishes.