From Gerry Calabrese, the brains behind Hoxton Pony and Hoxton Gin, an innovative bar and restaurant in an old laundry building.
London is awash with washing-themed launches. Coin Laundry promises retro eats in Exmouth Market, Machine No 3 does cocktails in a former Hackney launderette, Chinese Laundry serves home-style Chinese in Islington. And now Wringer & Mangle presents all-day drinking and dining in London Fields’ The Laundry building. Did we miss the memo? Does London need to whiten up? Are we afflicted by a dearth of Daz, a paucity of Persil?
The Wringer & Mangle’s Laundry building is best known for its role in east London’s clubbing scene, and fortunately the basement (just called Mangle) will still pack in the parties. But the upstairs bar and dancefloor has been spruced up to make a space for 250 covers (with a heated terrace, too).
It’s possible the building has scrubbed up a little too well; white chalk paint, climbing vines and laundry-themed bits and bobs give Wringer & Mangle the look of a soulless, ‘shabby chic’ central London spot offering Bottomless Brunch. In fact, that’s one of the few things this venue doesn’t do: it serves lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and Sunday roast. All alongside a list of 30 collins-style cocktails: who knew the classic gin drink was so versatile?
On further inspection, perhaps it’s not worth slicing and dicing in so many ways. The Quick Spin Collins tasted like just that, a lemony-fresh and unappealing mix of sherbet, elderflower and prosecco with gin. Much better was a Pistachio Collins: ginger, honey soda and lime, served long with a nutty green topping. All are priced at £10 a pop, a little dear for what was produced on our visit.
Behind the venture is Gerry Calabrese, owner of Hoxton Gin and once-zeitgeisty party spot Hoxton Pony. It can feel like Wringer & Mangle’s casting the net a bit wide, but it’s Calabrese’s most mature operation to date. And don’t fret. There’s still fun to be had among those collinses even if the menu needs some ironing out.
We also offer hearty plates every day in the restaurant. Starting with fresh, seasonal, locally-sourced produce, our team of highly qualified chefs prepare the best of British food. At the weekend, we have a great roast menu. Alternatively, you can enjoy some delicious food and bubbles with East London's original bottomless brunch
|Venue name:||Wringer & Mangle|
13-18 Sidworth St
|Opening hours:||Open Mon 11am-6pm; Tues-Thurs 11am-11.30pm; Fri-Sat 11am-12.30am, Sun 12pm-10pm|
|Transport:||London Fields rail|
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Hi Joyce, thank you for your feedback. We are desperately sorry your experience at WM was not what it should have been. We pride ourselves on good service and a quality. The staff did try to rectify this with a 30% discount.
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we would love to invite you in again and I'm sure we will deliver the full WM experience.
All the best speak soon. @Joyce L
Brilliant decor in a huge and unique space. I came here for Bottomless Brunch and had an absolute ball. Had bottomless prosecco and poached eggs with salmon and hollandaise which was the dream! I'm thinking about having a birthday here, it's a pretty cool place to get a big group in.
Terrible food. And expensive. The pork belly was an actual piece of fat. Catch of the day had no flavor.
Wringer & Mangle was a very enjoyable experience and I would definitely go back. Although I had free drinks for me and my friends as part of a Facebook competition, the service was still excellent and staff were uber friendly. Not definitely the best place for cocktails as the rum, gin and vodka based cocktails we tried tasted pretty much all the same. The sausage rolls and the pea and mint soup were quite something, very tasty and made with very good quality ingredients. The little terrace where we sat is cosy and perfect for a summer night with friends. The dining room and the bar inside were my taste: bright, spacious and with a laid-back and cool vibe. I can also see this space working quite well in the winter and for one of those lazy and cold sundays when all you need is some good comfort food.
Been 3 times now and each time has great. Good drinks and cocktails, beer served in chilled earthenware tankers. Food has been each of the times that i've been there and the service is always pleasant and fast.
Thursday 3rd March, had dinner with my daughter and to be honest it was awful food, we returned the risotto that was made entirely with pearl barley that exploded in the mouth like popping candy and both fish dishes were equally as bad. One tasted off and the other sole was slapped on the plate with rocket.. not very appealing anyhow after much debate we paid - 30% still was too much and the non alcoholic drinks costing £5.00 each. The artwork was dreadful. Overall I will not be going there again or recommending anyone else to.