The Edinboro Castle
Well it certainly isn't a castle, so prepare yourself for that disappointment before you get there. Instead, it's a gastropub with craft beers from around the world and a very impressive pub garden that apparently fits 300 hot bods. It also has a pretty big pub menu full of the classics and the chance to build your own burger. The perfect spot to replenish your beer levels after spending too long in the great outdoors (Regent's Park).
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A pub with a dart board seems to be a rare thing these days in London, let alone one in a gastropub. The Bobbin has this and more: board games, a tidy ale selection, beer garden and open fire...can you see why we like it so much? It's got more tricks up its smart little sleeve though - the menu has been given some Italian boosts, so it's got none of standard gastropub predictability. There's some amazing pappardelle with rabbit ragú, made with sage, red wine & parmesan, and even the pub burger uses mozzarella instead of cheddar. There's a sweet little conservatory too, which you don't see often.
The Clock House
Opposite the Rye, the Clock House is a large, stylish and cosy pub and restaurant that makes a pretty perfect place to while away a few hours. The usual suspects can be found at the bar (craft beers, unique cask ales and fine wines) but we reckon the food is the selling point to this place, with plenty of experimentation going on in the kitchen. Our pick for the starter was the pulled pork and fennel seed croquettes with tarragon crème fraiche and apple - and that was followed by Catalan style sea bass fillets with Suffolk chorizo, chick peas, spinach and tomato. Combinations that seem carefully put together and tasted excellent. This place isn't too noisy either making it a safe bet for a catch up or date.
Boxpark - Croydon
From the peeps behind the Shoreditch mainstay of the same name, comes a delightful dalliance south of the river. Don't go looking for new threads here though - this one's strictly food and drink. That doesn't mean there's anything less to smack your lips over: traders include carnivores MEATliquor, brunch heroes The Breakfast Club, vegan fave CookDaily, and more. As for the liquid stuff: Croydon heavies Brgr&Beer have opened their second venture Wine&Deli at Boxpark, and Cronx Brewery comes from the folk behind Yumn Brasserie. There will also be regular weekly events - think DJs, acoustic afternoons, workshops and all that fun stuff.
Monograph London is a pop up supper club taking the concept of experiential dining one step further. They'll be offering their specialised dining experiences where patrons will be given coordinates for a secret location, prepared a three-course dinner, and encouraged to mingle amongst themselves in the communal dining space that'll be evoking the sights and sounds of Tokyo. On the menu are simple, fresh ingredients expertly prepared: a watercress salad with sesame dressing to start; followed by Sanuki udon in an umami-rich dashi broth served with Scottish smoked mackerel and mixed seaweeds; then Takoyaki, octopus-filled batter balls, and a Japanese sweet selection for dessert. It's BYOB, or you can opt in for a sake flight (£19).