BOW | E3
I’ve been a huge fan of East London Liquor Company since it opened in Bow Wharf in 2014 as a distillery and bar, and they’ve just added a beautiful Italian restaurant to take things to the next level.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of London, this is the place to be, especially with Victoria Park and the canal a stone’s throw away.
Italian might seem a random direction to take the food in, but it fits well with their love of negronis and all things aperitivo. They have a simple menu with a selection of ten small plates and six pizzas on offer at present.
The pizzas are particularly good value, ranging from £6.50 for a fine example of a tomato, mozzarella and basil pizza, to £11.50 for sweet and mildly spicy ‘nduja pizza with pequilo peppers, burrata and roasted fig. And sitting perfectly at the magic London Cheap Eats £8 mark, is an enticing goats cheese, red onion, broccoli, almond, and rosemary honey offering.
After dark, if you can drag yourself from the candlelit dining room, it's straight back to the bar for some of the best spirits and cocktails in town.
Words and photography | Matt Hickman