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The English Restaurant

Restaurants, British Spitalfields
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
The English Restaurant

Time Out says

National pride comes easily to this winningly atmospheric restaurant on the fringes of Spitalfields Market. It's not, though, a slave to its patriotic moniker – the wine list borrows heavily from France and there are smatterings of global influence on the food menu, too.

Mostly, though, it's English – or rather British – all the way. Expect, then, dishes ranging from ham hock terrine with homemade piccalilli to oyster fritters with tartare sauce, spiced bean pottage with potato cake, and steak and onion pudding with savoy cabbage and bacon. Monkfish in a saffron sauce with basmati rice is indicative of rare deviation from Blighty's bounty.

High tea is served daily from 3pm untll 6pm, with toast, raisin bread, English muffins or crumpets served with jam, marmalade, Marmite or honey one of the options. Breakfasts include, of course, a full English. 

By: Time Out London Food & Drink



Address: 50-52 Brushfield Street
E1 6AG
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail
Price: Main courses £11-£19. Set lunch £14.50 2 courses. Set dinner £28 3 courses
Opening hours: Meals served 8am-11pm Mon-Fri; 9am-11pm Sat; 8am-7pm Sun
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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My husband, son and I visited The English Restaurant for breakfast on a Wednesday morning. It was quiet and roomy with only a couple of other tables occupied. The staff were friendly and very attentive. I had a very British bacon sandwich - thick white bloomer bread with a few rashers. Very tasty but the had a little more fat on it than I enjoy so I spent quite a bit of time cutting that out. But it was fairly inexpensive and we enjoyed our food. Not sure how easy it would be to get a table in the evening.


What a delight! Me and my friend visited on a whim...we had no booking and tried our luck on a Saturday night near Christmas so were thrilled to get a table we loved the menu. It's quaint inside with neat little tables and booths in the back. We had the set menu of 3 courses for £31 which included crab cakes with hollandaise sauce for starters followed by turkey, cranberry sauce and vegetables and finished off with hot chocolate fondant. Wine served by the glass was £5 a go but this was a proper restaurant and they gave you a good ten minutes between courses. Food was tasty and well cooked, ambience was cool and calm. A nice grown up treat in Shoreditch.

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