Upstairs at The Ten Bells

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© Michael Franke
Young Turks at the Ten Bells

The Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields is historic for the wrong reasons. In recent decades it was tastelessly renamed The Jack the Ripper, which further cemented its place in history as the pub patronised by many of the serial murderer’s victims. One of the five unfortunates – Mary Kelly – used to stand outside the Ten Bells to attract business.

In the last decade, in line with the resurgence of much of Spitalfields, the Ten Bells has become a trendy watering hole. A months-long pop-up by the ‘Young Turks’ – originally three chefs who collaborated on sell-out, pop-up dining projects around London – generated a lot of interest, which has resulted is some of them staying on.

The new menu is a la carte, but is much in the same vein as the Young Turks was, albeit with a changed kitchen brigade. A new set lunch menu was launched in February 2013.

Venue name: Upstairs at The Ten Bells
Address: First floor
E1 6LY
Cross street: 84 Commercial Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Tue-Sat; noon-4pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Tue-Sat
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail
Price: Main courses £14.50-£16.80. Set lunch £17 2 courses, £21 3 courses

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I enjoyed the format of their tasting menu and the restaurant had a charming, friendly atmosphere - didn't feel too pop-upy. Though it just wasn't as memorable meal, which is what I would expect from food that looks so well turned out and has such accomplished people behind it. The pickled cucumber didn't taste all that pickled for example - I expect bigger flavours from cuisine like this...


Service was attentive and the food was interesting, with Noma-esque turns in places, but (and this is coming from someone hyper-sensitive to salt) many dishes were under seasoned. You do put yourself at the mercy of the changing menu though - the artichoke puree with the vanilla ice cream was too much for me and I couldn't eat it. Great value evening at £39 though and a nice, cosy dining room