Monikers, Hoxton Square

Hoxton Square is fast becoming the foodie destination of East London with numerous bar, cafe and restaurant options to choose from. Eager to offer an old school feel, the proprietor of Monikers has radically decided to open up an eatery in what used to be the gym of St Monica’s School. This reinvented location has a charming retro feel and relaxed ambiance.

Head Chef Richard Teague serves up a daily mix of dishes like potted cockles with toasted sourdough, black pudding Scotch eggs, roasted wild duck and fish and chips. Specials are written on a rolling blackboard and there is a full brunch menu at weekends. A group of us went along en masse for a birthday celebration and loved sharing the tapas style cuisine. We especially enjoyed the indulgent mini chorizo with honey, messy barbequed ribs and trying-to-be-healthy sprouting broccoli. For cocktail fans I’d recommend the fresh and fruity English Patient.

There is an eccentric private dining room for special occasions constructed from a West Midlands bus! If you book dinner or a little party inside it (for up to 30 friends), then you’ll be issued with pens to graffiti away to your heart’s content.

School’s out and the party is only just getting started at Monikers on Hoxton Square.

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