The small restaurant space in the Whitechapel Gallery has been home to some excellent chefs in its time, including Angela Hartnett and, most recently, the 10 Greek Street team. With the closure of their Refectory wine bar, we now have news of what’s replacing it, and it’s going to be a modern British spot called Townsend. Named after the Whitechapel Gallery’s architect Charles Harrison Townsend, the kitchen is being headed up by Joe Fox (ex-Petersham Nurseries) and his initial dishes are unsurprisngly full of comforting British winter ingredients, perfect for the freezing weather.
We’re liking the sound of the Mayan gold potato with egg yolk, Berkswell cheese, and winter truffle, as well as the roast venison with beetroot, wild cabbage and ale-braised onions. For dessert, there’ll be Yorkshire rhubarb with pear sorbet and marjoram or ginger and treacle pudding with clotted cream ice cream. And if you get down there between 28th Jan – 4th Feb, you can bag 50% off food too.
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Opens Weds 5th February 2020
77-82 Whitechapel High St, Shadwell, London E1 7QX