Betsy and I drove to London Fields last weekend, to meet two lovely chums for Sunday lunch.
Sunday lunch takes equal spot (the other is brunch) at the top of my List of Favourite Meals. There’s just something about it. It has a laziness to it. And a booziness. And a ‘all-the-trimmings-ness’… I was so looking forward to holing up at a new discovery with great food, good nattering and being out of the cold, rain, wind and hail that had descended that morning.
Wringer & Mangle takes its name from its location’s former life – an industrial laundry. Despite it now definitely not being a laundry (the roast beef gave it away) it has managed to keep hold of the soul of the place and its heritage.
There is an industrial feel that’s been softened with stylish and cosy touches, copious amounts of greenery and oodles of art all over the walls – the fruit of their endless art exhibitions, which change frequently and consistently…
It was such a surprise to find this place, as it was immediately somewhere I felt I should have been frequenting for years… but this would have been impossible, seeing as it only opened last November.
It’s the latest venture from Gerry Calabrese, who is also responsible for delighting us with the likes of The Hoxton Pony and Hoxton Gin. His heart is very much in East London and he was clearly keen to get back to his old stomping ground and create a new hub of happiness, creativity, community, excellent grub and HAMAZING cocktails with special twists. Job done, I say.
The starters and mains were all delicious – I had the lamb and it was incredibly fragrant and flavoursome. Really special.
I popped outside to have a look at their all-weather outside terrace, before heading back in for pudding… it is a gorgeous and tucked away space… and even though it was raining, the cushioned seats remained dry and inviting… and so did those extremely cosy blankets!
And then it was back inside for an apple crumble to end all apple crumbles. It was, I think, the best apple crumble I’ve ever had.
Oh, and we might have also ordered this chocolatey amazingness to share as well…
The meal was absolutely top notch and we were all really impressed. Wringer and Mangle is the kind of place you could come to with anyone – someone special, friends, family, kids, grandparents etc…
It’s such a big expansive space, with tonnes of light flooding in from the huge windows at the end of the room, that even when it’s full (250 covers) it doesn’t feel over crowded. And the vibe is happy. It’s relaxed, cool, laid back, fun and feels how Sundays should be.
I absolutely loved it and will definitely be back.
And I will also definitely be ordering that apple crumble.
And so will you, if I’ve taught you anything at all.
Wringer & Mangle
Sidworth St, London E8 3SD
This post was shot on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic ;)
// We were guests of Wringer & Mangle, and if I hadn’t loved it I wouldn’t have written about it.