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|Address:||Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London E2 9NF|
|Tel:||020 7871 0460|
|Price: £49.00||Wine: £27.00||Champagne: £64.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 7-10am (Sat-Sun -10.30am) 12N-4pm 6-10.30pm|
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My review may be a little biased, this is a warning. The corner room used to be my “no-idea-where-to-book” go to restaurant. You can't book mind you but I was pretty sure we would be seated (or told “sorry, no chance”) within 30 minutes of showing up, which surely, is just perfect for a cocktail or two to pass the time and tease the hunger.
To start with, you'll find the former breakfast room of the Town Hall Hotel on the first floor, round a corner, by the tapestry buck head (it makes sense when you see it). It's not big and it looks like just the pictures you can find on the internet. The service is generally laid back, helpful and friendly.
At my last visit (we arrived just before 10.30pm on a Thursday night) all tables where occupied and they sat us for a drink in the adjacent room. It was dark, woody and leathery, the room not the drink with beautiful vintage furniture (it looked vintage anyway).
When we made it to the table, we were famished and fell onto the delicious bread (from the E5 Bakehouse I believe) and the giant green olives stuffed with anchovies. We asked for some more and munched happily on them as we studied the menu.
As a rule, I found, the food is just great, it looks amazingly fancy and pretty, the portions are deceptively sufficient and it's tasty. Not interesting (ok, that also), not crazy, tasty, which really is what you want.
I found that desserts there are a tad hit and miss. My sweet-potatoes-popcorn -ice-cream-whatever was… well, interesting, crazy and pretty but not particularly tasty.
Still, for the price, it's a very good deal !