A recently re-launched gastro pub – previously The Empress of India - dating from the 1880's and named after Queen Victoria. Expect open planning, high ceilings and red leather banquette seating.
They offer a brunch-style breakfast at the weekends with dishes ranging from Muesli through American Pancakes to Home-Cured Duck Benedict and full English Breakfast.
While lunch and dinner starters such as 'Wild Mushrooms on Toast with Shallot Rings & Madeira Cream Sauce'; 'Pea Soup with Quail Egg & Perigord Truffle'; 'Dorset Crab Cake with Tarragon Hollandaise' and 'Crispy Ham Hock Terrine with Roast Scallop, Apple & Dill' set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Grilled Summer Vegetables & Goats Cheese with Confit Garlic & Soft Herbs'; 'Cod Fillet with Beignet Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Lemon'; 'Boiled Ham with Mash & Parsley Sauce' and 'Braised Shoulder of Lamb with Minted Ratte Potatoes with Anchovy & Parsley Jus'.
Finish with 'Apple & Blueberry Crumble with Custard'; 'Lemon & Thyme Cheesecake with Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'White & Dark Chocolate Mousse with Marinated English Cherries' or ‘Truffled Brie with Welsh Fruit Bread & Quince Purèe’.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-14.30 (12.00-22.00 Sat); mains about £13 to £24; weekend Full English Breakfast £11
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 19.00-22.00; mains about £13 to £24
- Seats: 60, plus 16 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list, travels the world, kicking off at around the £18 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible, plus Children's menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Mile End or Bethnal Green Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Outside eating