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There’s a nice vibe at The Morgan Arms when stray trendsters & spiffy Eastenders get together over pints & glasses of fine wine. The shining taps behind the beautifully preserved wooden bar
promise such enticements as Butcombe’s Mendip Spring ale & Weston’s Old Rosie cider, while the wine list is broad-reaching and well-priced. The setting, by Tredegar Square, is leafy &
lovely – best enjoyed at the picnic tables outside. Inside, the bar is bright & comfortable though some hokey design details remain from its Geronimo Inns incarnation (the Capital Pub Company
now runs the place). The kitchen is not without ambition, producing such fancy fare as plaice with brown shrimps & beurre noisette, or ham hock & cotechino with lentils & salsa verde,
though ‘costly’ prices raise an eyebrow, & the quality of the once-popular Sunday roasts has declined.
No doubt the Olympic Park and the huge new shopping centre in Stratford will attract more and more people to the East End. Great news for businesses in the area, but not such great news for diners; they will be unlikely to find a scrap of charm in a food court. Fortunately, Londoners are a resourceful bunch, and if they venture a bit further afield, they will find refuge in the Morgan Arms.This place certainly does not conform to a rigid design; it’s more a mix of styles. Some are easily noticeable like the big colourful paintings; some are more discreet like the mismatched chairs and sofas. Overall,...
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