"A noticeably friendlier pub that has added more than the old staples of people watching and posing. "Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
The Cat and Mutton might not have been the hippest place on Broadway Market anymore at the start of 2014 but who knew it had slipped so low as to require closing down and starting again? Not us. But given that since reopening under new ownership it looks great, feels more welcoming and has better beers on draught, it seems like it was a good thing. Taken on by the same people who brought Ruby’s cocktail bar to Dalston, the idea was to reestablish the heart and soul of the ‘Hackney pub’ on this corner of Broadway Market. First, that meant getting rid of the intimidating neck-high bar from behind which the old staff used to loom over all-comers. Next was to open up the space with a new table arrangement and uncover what look like (are?) the building’s original features.
The change has shifted the attitude that once pervaded what has always been a grand, handsome pub. The new Cat and mutton is noticeably friendlier – with the staff playing a big part. Naturally you’ll still find a row of stuffed animal heads paraded above the bar but then it wouldn’t be a Hackney pub without them.
The change to the interior and atmosphere is a big improvement and the food and drink have followed the positivity. On the taps there is a selection of Meantime beers along with smaller breweries and while the food may not be pushing any boundaries, we look forward to coming back for the Quail egg Scotch egg and the jerk chicken with mango coleslaw.
Not done yet, the pub has also made use of the previously under-utilised first floor space. A Ruby’s-esque cocktail bar by the name of Pearl’s has taken residence and exists as a separate entity out of sight – so much so that it deserves its own review.
The Cat and Mutton’s prime location - on the corner of Broadway Market, adjacent to the entrance of London Fields – has always been one of its main attractions but the new pub has grown-up and offers much more than posing and people watching.
T.A.O reviewed Cat & Mutton on Thu 07 Aug 2014