SquareMeal Review of
Hubbard & Bell
We love the vibe at this hipster hangout in The Hoxton, Holborn hotel, where the varied choice throughout the day ensures widespread appeal. Sit at long, wooden-topped tables for US-style breakfasts (smoked salmon bagel, sourdough pancakes with pineapple and brown butter) and weekend brunches; collapse on comfy sofas with an Origin coffee; meet mates at the bar for cocktails and snacks (plus DJ stints from Thursdays to Saturdays); or grab a cosy booth to make an evening (or afternoon) of it. The extensive menu stretches from raw and chilled dishes to smoked and grilled food, via salads, burgers and pasta, with the kitchen making good use of on-trend ingredients. Most plates can happily be shared. Highlights on a recent visit included punchy yellowtail ceviche with grapefruit and fiery jalapeño; smoky octopus in a rich sauce with chorizo, potato and capers; and agnolotti stuffed with ’nduja on a bed of creamy burrata and pea shoots – not to mention the addictive truffle fries and finger-lickin’ s’mores. The large space also includes various rooms for private hire: ‘library’, ‘living room’, ‘playroom’.