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The Empress of India - Victoria Park

The Empress of India
130 Lauriston Road
Victoria Park
East London
E9 7LH

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

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Review of The Empress of India, Victoria Park

The Empress of India

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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Alfresco Dining YesPrivate Parties YesChild's Menu Yes
Accepts Cards Yes

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