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Sustainable Scandi-meets-Shoreditch bar from cocktail star Talented Mr Fox.
Please note, Scout on Great Eastern Street has now closed. It has relocated to Graham Road in Hackney. Time Out London Editors, September 2018.
Fancy playing a game of guess the ingredient? I went off-menu at Scout and sampled a red-hued drink made from... wait for it... beetroot. Scout’s mantra is: ‘Live off the land.’ Cocktails are crafted from items foraged in the UK in the bar’s quest for sustainability. Never mind the British Isles, the menu reads like a whip around the aisles of Waitrose, with Parsnip, Asparagus and Knotweed among the names of drinks. One drawback is that it’s not clear what booze is in each. Ask those questions when ordering.
That beetroot tipple was a subtle, almost chocolatey nightcap with only a faint whiff of earthy veg. More conventional was the sea buckthorn, a long, citrussy gin drink using coastal berries as a substitute for lemons. They’re also cultivating yeast to make their own ‘ferments’, brewing a range of Scout beers and applying wine-making techniques to fruity ingredients. All the trickery happens below in a metallic lab. But nerdy stuff aside, the ground floor is kitted out in Scandi pine with terrariums perched on ledges – I wish my front room looked like this. Hunky staff sit down to chat through the menu for more of those hygge vibes. Don’t worry though, those adventurous, often edgy drinks will keep you from getting too comfortable.