The English Restaurant Reviews
Times Magazine - Giles Coren
"I went to The English Restaurant in Spitalfields with our Literary editor, Erica Wagner, because Jeanette Winterson, who lives round the corner, told her it was good. And Ms Winterson is not wrong. It's a folksy/elegant paradox of London Ancient and Modern, a lovely, wood-panelled, 17th-century townhouse...which now offers an unselfconscious roster of old English staples: oysters, devilled whitebait, steak sandwiches, bread pudding, salt beef.
We had nine very excellent Colchester oysters and a crisp chicory and walnut salad dressed with Roquefort, and then a crab salad...and Erica had the special, a Dover sole, off the bone, over buttered spinach with a Jerusalem artichoke puree and a scatter of deep-fried oysters. These were so good, so stupidly, stupidly wonderful, so crisp and hot and sweet, that I hollered out for more, a plateful, all for me..."
"'Dinners and old wines, ports, game in season, shellfish...' – just some of the delights advertised on the brown frontage of this determinedly patriotic restaurant. Citing Dorothy Hartley (author of Food in England) as its muse, the kitchen aims for 'naturalised' dishes with some refined touches – think oyster fritters with saffron aïoli, goats' cheese and beetroot rissoles, venison casserole, and slow-roast pork belly with spiced red cabbage and cider gravy, as well as steak and onion pud. Wines are an all-French bunch and the original café out front now doubles as a bar, where you can sip damson martinis or homemade lemonade while gazing out onto the market. Also expect porridge and kippers for breakfast, scones for afternoon tea and plenty of home-baked cakes too. As for the interiors, reclaimed townhouse panelling, varnished wood furniture and warm-hearted comfort are the order of the day."
"I want to write a bad review - to keep this place for myself!" Anon.
"What a find. The food was exceptional and I have to say that the Game Pie I had was head and shoulders above the standard of food you would get in any of the chain restaurants littered throughout the market. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone who is looking to eat in the area." Anon, Trip Advisor.
"I walked in by myself on my last night of a business trip to London, wanting a comfy English meal before heading back to NYC ... and it was probably the best meal I had during a week in London." Anon, Trip Advisor.
"Best cappuccino in London. And hot chocolate. And carrot cake. And to talk about the good food would take paragraphs." Edward Ferrel
"Effortlessly cool." CBS, The Travel Channel