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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.
When Typing Room first opened a month ago in Bethnal Green Town Hall, it stirred up some moderate hype and I was expecting good things. The restaurant is backed by Jason Atherton, and head chef Lee Westcott used to run Jason’s tapas restaurants ‘22 Ships’ and ‘Ham & Sherry’ in Hong Kong. FYI Lee’s also got Noma, Per Se, Tom Aikens, & Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s on his impressive CV.Typing Room’s website is minimalist to say the least, and I liked this about it. Not giving too much away, there’s plenty of room left for the imagination. For me, the menu speaks for itself and reads attractively – I was immediately...
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Executive Chef Lee Westcott has worked alongside some of the world’s most innovative chefs, experiences which have shaped his signature cuisine of modern European food. His background includes working with Michelin-starred chefs Gordon Ramsay and Tom Aikens (heading the latter’s eponymous restaurant for two years), as well as stages at Per Se and Noma. Additionally, Lee has helmed two of Jason Atherton’s restaurants in Hong Kong.
Now he has returned to London to oversee Typing Room at Town Hall Hotel, his first solo venture. Here, his focus is on showcasing the best of seasonal, local British produce via ‘simple and clean flavours’. Read our interview with Lee here.
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