"The type of place you could readily spend a whole day, scratch that, a whole weekend. "Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
Where do these new venues keep on appearing from? One moment we’re seeing boarded up premises and the next there’s a fully developed pub complete with on-trend interior and tastefully dilapidated tiling exposed. But hey, who minds how it all happens when it just means one more place to go where the drinks are out of the ordinary and the food comes packaged up as sliders.
Having been closed for the past twenty years the Well and Bucket returns to Bethnal Green Road. Located adjacent to Brick Lane it is another welcome addition to Shoreditch. The vast space inside is peppered with tables and intimate booths spread around the large circular bar in the middle. Tasteful and stylish – this is the modern London pub. The walls are distressed, the artwork is all neo-gothic portraiture and the ceiling is covered with low hanging light bulbs, filaments exposed. In fact, it’s actually rather beautiful. There, we’ve said it.
Behind the bar, it’s a case of the new normal for London pubs. Craft beer from Britain to Bavaria and beyond is served from draught and bottles, along with a large range of whisky, bourbon, vodka and rum. There is also a basement cocktail bar below but that exists as an almost entirely separate entity, which affords it its own future review.
Food employs the slider system, which equates to a range of miniature ‘burgers’ with fillings like pork belly and pickles and braised lamb shank. However, although the sliders are as tasty as any we’ve eaten recently, we’d highly recommend you invest in a bucket of prawns and accompany them with oysters, which come prepared in a variety of ways.
The Well and Bucket has almost re-launched by numbers. Everything that seems to be relevant in the London pub scene in 2013 is present and with it has come a lively atmosphere, which makes it the type of place you could readily spend a whole day, scratch that, a whole weekend.
T.A.O reviewed The Well and Bucket on Thu 11 Apr 2013