In a world seemingly in love with novelty and fads and gimicry, we aim to offer simple integrity, in never purchasing ready-made, in cooking always and only from fresh ingredients, and in rediscovering the noble and rich traditions of the English kitchen.<br /> <br />The English Restaurant is the product of over 10 years’ work by couple Kay and Peter Sinden; what was formerly The Market Coffee House has evolved into a high class, quintessentially British restaurant.<br /> <br />"English cooking is old-fashioned, because we like it that way. We do enjoy foreign dishes and admire Continental cooks, but when we cook the foreign dishes, the dishes, like the foreigners, become 'naturalised English'."<br><br>
Dorothy Hartley, <i>Food in England</i></br>
£25 and under
Was drawn in here at 9pm on a Friday night by live jazz/French cabaret mix music. Interesting interior consisting of rich, deep colours and wood-panelled booths.
Having tried the house white, we decided to try our luck on a bottle of their Gewürtztraminer from Alsace (~ £30) -- sensational!
The starter menu felt quite limited if you weren't interested in seafood. The mains menu made up for...more
best. cappuccino.ever. (so far.)
creamy, perfect taste, perfect temperature (wtf? That's my boyfriend's argument)...
that's what strikes most in the end after a brunch, lunch and tea there.
The food is fresh and tasty as well
For brunch we had the greatly executed benedictine eggs: tasty bun & nice cured ham.
For tea time they have a good £5 deal with delicious homemade scones that come...more
I simply don't know what to think of this place:
- I love the interior with all the the dark wood that makes you feel like you've been transported back a few centuries.
- indeed, I like sitting here, drinking a cup of nice coffee and writing my journal
- it's also fun to watch the yuppy Shoreditch crowd go in and out
- like Lars L. the food also was...more
I've always liked this place and stop by for a coffee every time I am near the market.
HOWEVER, last week it was biting cold out. I popped in for a coffee and I noticed the inside clearly divided into a restaurant area and a cafe area. Has it always been like that? I went to order a coffee and asked if I could sit at a table, but I was told I could only sit in the "cafe" section, which...more
I really like this place with it's laid back atmosphere, friendly staff and decent food. Yes, The Gun has the crowds, the young female bartenders, and "football" on the telly, the English Restaurant goes the complete opposite with a live jazz band or an acoustic set. Am I getting older? I guess so...more