Formerly a sleazy pole-dancing joint, The Crown & Shuttle has reverted to its historic role as a public house – slaking Shoreditch boozers’ thirsts with fine London ales such as Redemption Urban Dusk and Redchurch Old Ford stout, plus quality foreign imports. Wines include a smooth Italian Pinot Grigio at £26, while the appealing menu offers ribs, wings, Lebanese salads and whitebait with aïoli among its bar snacks. Otherwise, doorstep sandwiches come deep-filled with the likes of crispy duck in raspberry beer with watercress and beetroot or cavolo nero with purple sprouting broccoli, pesto and aged Gruyère. The Dalston-distressed, exposed brick interior (think Victoriana meets the 1950s) is perfectly pitched at Shoreditch nu-media, bloggers, blaggers and adventurous City boys keen to live on the edge. A heated courtyard garden is an urban bonus.
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