‘Lost men gather here and find what they can’. Yep, that sounds like London to us. Certainly, the opening episode of this second series contains a couple of highly promising new ‘lost men’, particularly Joseph Mawle’s dodgy cop Jedediah Shine. ‘Ripper Street’ still feels a touch over-stylised and there’s often the sense that, in plotting terms at least, there’s less to it than meets the eye.
But ‘Peaky Blinders’ for one, owed plenty to its murkily brutal, pre-modern charisma and it’s never less than watchable. Tonight, Matthew Macfadyen’s earnest Detective Inspector Reid has a new reason to sigh despairingly as some bad business in Chinatown leads him to a new drug that’s set to take the underworld by storm.
The Westbridge Hotel Restaurant
This informal dining room doubles as the restaurant for the boutique Westbridge Hotel - a prime example of all the regeneration Stratford enjoyed in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games. It's just down the road from the Olympic Park, and close to Stratford High Street station, too. The a la carte ranges from fried baby calamari with tartar sauce and baked camembert with onion chutney and toast to teriyaki chicken skewers with lemongrass rice, roasted quail with garlic mash and spinach, and sirloin steak cooked on the grill and served with French fries and pan-fried courgettes in gremolata sauce. Burgers also feature, including one made with wagyu beef. A lighter lunch menu includes panini and wraps, soups, salads, omelettes, burgers and mains such as fish and chips, wild mushroom risotto and meatballs with spaghetti and a tomato sauce.
Venue says: “Brunch menu now available Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 3pm.”