Owl & Pussycat

Brick Lane

The gentrification of trendy Redchurch Street continues as this former east-end boozer returns in a familiar gastropub guise. Fashionably mismatched Chesterfields, stripped tables and antique fittings furnish the lilac-coated main bar, which serves pints of Peroni and Heineken, a selection of four rotating ales, and wines by the glass.

Post-work, the pub can get uncomfortably crowded with designers from nearby agencies and itinerant City boys happy to pay the above-average prices, but ample seating in the well-heated rear terrace provides a useful retreat.

Upstairs, a Victorian-style dining room usually offers a British menu, though currently it is hosting a pop-up steak joint called Flat Iron.

Venue name: Owl & Pussycat
Address: 34 Redchurch St
E2 7DP
Opening hours: Open Noon-midnight Tue-Sat; noon-midnight Sun, Mon. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-5pm, 6.30-10.30pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Shoreditch Overground or Liverpool Street tube/rail
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £90
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