SquareMeal Review of
Temple & Sons bar
The door at Jason Atherton’s latest wheeze opens to the sound of a (faintly irritating) old lead bell. Staff in Victorian costermonger outfits beckon you into their caramel-coloured, dimly lit domain: a twee take on an old East End grocery, complete with artisan food. Temple & Sons is a delicatessen by day (serving soups and posh sandwiches) with a grill restaurant upstairs, but morphs into a 40-cover cocktail bar by night. Expect tasty tinned tipples and convincing cocktails in sundry on-theme containers. Topping our shopping list are the ‘Martinny’ made with Ford’s gin, fino sherry and Lea & Perrins distillate; and Yellow Paint (Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum, Colman’s mustard, elderflower and lemon). Alternatively, order quality beers that include a gluten-free lager, Balfour Leslie’s Reserve sparkling wine (£12 a stem) or Jersey cider. To eat, ‘tidbits’ include smoked salmon salad, and game and truffle sausage roll with mash and HP gravy.
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