Tiosk, Broadway Market

tiosk menu

“Something brewing this way comes … and it’s not coffee!” – so read a sign posted in the latest shop to be renovated on Broadway Market last week. I put on my detective hat, and deduced that the gathering pace of London’s tea movement, (along with the shop name ‘Tiosk’) suggested that if it wasn’t coffee, then this was going to be a new-wave tea shop.

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Verdene E5, Clapton

verdene e5 exterior

Four  years ago a friend moved to Clapton, and spent a considerable amount of time and effort trying to persuade me to open a sherry and tapas bar there. It wasn’t to be. It was nothing to do with the area. Finance, capability and a million other factors were all far bigger issues…. 

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Review: The Old George

The Old George, 379 Bethnal Green Road

The Old George, 379 Bethnal Green Road

This post starts with a sad story. A few months ago, Thomas and I went to try out a recently-renovated pub nearby, The King’s Arms. It used to be a proper local’s pub. But the new management took down the traditional swinging sign. They switched the pub tables outside for expensive benches, stripped out the interior and crammed the back bar with craft beers. Now The King’s Arms pitches itself as a “stylish modern take on a traditional pub”.… 

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