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East London’s eaters had a little cry when Nuno Mendes quit the Town Hall Hotel for the Chiltern Firehouse, but all was not lost. The hotel quickly appointed a worthy successor in the form of ex-Tom Aikens chef, Lee Westcott. Backed by Jason Atherton, Westcott’s Typing Room is a chic, Scandi-esque space furnished in marble, brass and oak. It’s casual enough for guests (and staff) to wear jeans, yet smart enough for Westcott’s artistically presented modern British cooking to shine. ‘Modern British’, in this case, means true seasonal ingredients with Nordic and Mediterranean touches, such as a crisp fish-skin appetiser with smoked cod, oyster and dill; yeasted cauliflower with raisins, capers and mint (an unmissable signature dish); or lamb with tahini-rich blackened aubergine emulsion, yoghurt and onion. Trendy but not off-the-wall, it impresses at both £29 set lunch and £70 tasting menu level, and the natural-leaning wine list succeeds similarly.


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  1. Published : Monday, 19 May 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Typing Room, Bethnal Green

    Backed by none other than Jason Atherton, Typing Room is the new restaurant which replaces Viajante in the Bethnal Green Town Hall. I was really sad to hear Nuno Mendes (now of Chiltern Firehouse fame) was closing Viajante as it was such a unique and exciting restaurant. Intrigued as ever by a new opening, we popped down for lunch to see what head chef Lee Wescott had done with the new place.

    The layout and design was very much the same as before; there were still two small dining rooms and still an open plan kitchen. It had a pleasant atmosphere, however we were seated at a table next to the service area...
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  1. When Typing Room first opened a month ago in Bethnal Green Town Hall, it stirred up some moderate hype and I was expecting good things. The restaurant is backed by Jason Atherton, and head chef Lee Westcott used to run Jason’s tapas restaurants ‘22 Ships’ and ‘Ham & Sherry’ in Hong Kong. FYI Lee’s also got Noma, Per Se, Tom Aikens, & Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s on his impressive CV.

    Typing Room’s website is minimalist to say the least, and I liked this about it. Not giving too much away, there’s plenty of room left for the imagination. For me, the menu speaks for itself and reads attractively – I was immediately...
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Lee Westcott

Chef lee

Executive Chef  Lee Westcott has worked alongside some of the world’s most innovative chefs, experiences which have shaped his signature cuisine of modern European food. His background includes working with Michelin-starred chefs Gordon Ramsay and Tom Aikens (heading the latter’s eponymous restaurant for two years), as well as stages at Per Se and Noma. Additionally, Lee has helmed two of Jason Atherton’s restaurants in Hong Kong.

Now he has returned to London to oversee Typing Room at Town Hall Hotel, his first solo venture. Here, his focus is on showcasing the best of seasonal, local British produce via ‘simple and clean flavours’. Read our interview with Lee here.


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