Phone +44 (0)20 8533 5123
Type of Cuisine Gastro pub / British
Chef Elliott Lidstone
Number of Covers 60
Price Range £££££
Breakfast 10.00am - 12.00pm Sat-Sun Brunch
Lunch 12.00 - 3.00pm (9.30pm Sun)
Dinner 6.00 - 10.15pm
The Empress of India at Victoria Park is the latest addition to the bestselling Tom and Ed Martin show and it has no truck with gastro pub clichés: instead, it sets out its stall as an all-day café-cum-restaurant, serving everything from breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea to full-blown evening meals with a 'Hope and Glory' British accent.
As you might expect, colonial India is the theme in this re-invented Victorian tavern, with features including hand-painted silk wallpaper depicting the days of the Raj, a huge Art Deco mirror rescued from a derelict cinema in Calcutta, a mosaic tiled floor and dark beechwood tables.
The kitchen takes a trip through time for dressed crab, game pie with Savoy cabbage and chestnuts, spotted dick with custard – and every dish is a memory-jerker. Occasionally there are detours – thyme and goats' cheese soufflé, fillet of Glenarm salmon with beetroot risotto and horseradish, pear tarte Tatin with Calvados ice cream, for example – and the rôtisserie comes into its own on Sundays, when whole roast birds are brought to the table on big wooden platters. This exercise in communal CIY (carve-it-yourself) makes the most of fashionable peasant-foodie theatricality. Real ales are a reminder of the venue's former life, the wine list is peppered with good stuff by the glass, and the kitchen even provides takeaways.
Also featured in: AA Guide, Michelin Guide, Harden's.
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