SquareMeal Review of
Typing Room at Town Hall Hotel
Believe the hype surrounding the Typing Room’s chef Lee Westcott: talent-spotted by Tom Aikens and Jason Atherton (his backer here), this twentysomething whizz-kid is destined for the stars. But if ever a restaurant owed its success to the entire team from designer to sommelier, receptionist to lowly commis, this flagship dining room in Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel is it. Every detail is considered, from the welcoming aperitifs and flowers to the Marmite butter, pre-meal snacks, racy wine pairings and by-the-glass sakés. Five- or seven-course tasting menus promise a carefully paced homage to new Nordic cuisine with impeccable British ingredients taking centre stage, from Herdwick lamb with St George’s mushrooms and nettles (a veritable ode to the English countryside) to an unlikely dessert of beetroot, white chocolate and black olive, via attention-grabbing seasonal ideas such as scallops with green strawberry, lardo and sorrel or duckling with apricot, runner beans and mustard. Typing Room’s stylish Scandi-esque interior will endear it to scruffs and suits alike, particularly at lunchtime when £29 pays for three courses.