Wanting somewhere special to celebrate our son’s 25th Birthday, the Typing Room London suited perfectly as it has a winning combination of a relaxed atmosphere, dazzling and seasonal food sourced locally, and an open kitchen within arms reach. That’s got to be a recipe for a great celebration lunch!
Our table had a clear view of the open kitchen giving it a brilliantly inclusive feel.
It’s great fun to watch them flow around the space. They look confident, proud and happy. We all agree this must be a great place to work. I wonder if it’s just as nice for them to see diners excited faces as it is for us to see their’s.
The Typing Room is part of an old Town Hall, now the Town Hall hotel in East London.
The equally cool sounding Peg + Patriot is a bar to the right of the entrance (you go through the bar to the loos)
Ceiling bling in the entrance hall.
As we got seated we all instinctively knew this was going to be gooood. OK, so James, our birthday boy, has been here before and suggested it. And I checked relevant websites. Then we talked it over. But apart from that, our instincts were on point.
Quite wonderfully a pre-dinner tipple menu was presented. Some of these were difficult to get your head around. But, our taste buds were quite capable!
I was seated by this little fireplace and it got us talking about this room actually being the typing room of the Town Hall, where all communications regarding the council, the mayoral and the judicial side of things were set to ink.
Yummy, the snacks start to arrive. Here you have an onion bhaji. Yes, really. It was amazing.
Beef crisps. Definitely not Walkers…
The cocktails arrive and so it’s time for ‘Happy Birrrrrthday!’. My son is a complete joy to us and we’re very proud of him.
Group grinning is required.
More snacks turn up. These were crispy clouds with bursts of flavoursome creamy moisture. Officially these clouds were crispy cod skins.
These were my favourites. Incredible bite sized pig head and apple parcels. I had to put the word ‘head’ out of my mind.
Bread and marmite butter.
This bread and butter was fantastic. We all love it and decided that marmite was back on our list of ‘eat regularly’.
We have opted for the seven course tasting menu with wine pairing. Here comes our first wine. The key here is bio-dynamic wines or as Frederic Marti, the Head Sommelier, puts it “back to nature”.
It is served alongside: Celeriac, pear, fermented mushrooms and hazelnut.
Everything on the plate stands out. I can taste everything and that’s probably very hard to achieve.
Wine flowing, feeling lucky and enjoying each others company we’ve settled in.
This was hands down the prettiest dish I’ve ever been served.
Crab, cucumber, kombu and lime.
In 30 years I’ve never seen my hubby enjoy cauliflower and this was a stand out dish for him!
Yeasted cauliflower, raisons, capers and mint.
I wish I could remember what James and our neighbour found fascinating.
Sake time! Frederic has made the wine pairing experience fun. He is super approachable and has a wealth of knowledge.
Matched with: Arctic char, courgette, razor clam and lemon verbena.
Next comes some glorious red wine. I follow the crowd and put my nose in the glass.
A joy to look and to eat: Suckling pig, flat peach, chard and dandelion.
We have decided ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’ and opt for the extra cheese course. Well, it is a celebration!
Paul Halliwell, the Restaurant Manager talked us through the cheeses. He was a highly polished and understood all the goings on within the kitchen. He put us at ease with his warm and genuine approach.
This wine pairing is my favourite. But then, I’m a sherry kinda girl. I have no idea if this is sherry (probably not) but it’s sweet and delicious. Aww I’ve just looked it up, it’s a port like wine with aromas of ripe figs, mint and chocolate. No wonder I liked it!
The cheese selection comes with homemade chutney and bread.
Our last wine.
And to cleanse the palate, something gorgeously zesty and refreshing.
Dessert always does get me excited.
This was a heavenly sheep’s yogurt, apple and dill.
Coffee comes and it’s a really tasty one. Lovely artisan look to the cups.
Finally, chef spoils us with some sweet treats. Fluffy marshmallows, fruity jellies and runny truffles.
The super talented executive Chef Lee Westcott wasn’t working there for our lunch. However, his cuisine of modern European food shined in the hands of his second in command.
I would thoroughly recommend a meal at the Typing Room London. Find an excuse and book it up!
The Typing Room
+44 (0)20 7871 0461
Town Hall Hotel
Patriot Square, London E2 9NF
Popping into the Peg & Patriot. In case you need another excuse to make the journey.
If you like the Typing Room you may also like my review of The Restaurant Story London.