Who would have guess that this Spitalfields pub would serve classy British food, using seasonal ingredients. Therefore expect dishes to change according what ingredients is in season.
Ten Bells started as a pop up project and with its popularity it is now permanent. The restaurant is located next to Spitalfields market, which is a few minutes walk to and from Liverpool Street tube station.
The menu is simple, split up by snacks, starters, mains and desserts. We took a miss on the starters and ordered a selections of snacks to share – Buttermilk Chicken & Pine Salt (£6.50), Grilled Baby Fennel (£5.10) and Razor Clams & Grapefruit Sauce Vierge (£3.00 each). The buttermilk chicken was my favourite and the one snacks that I would recommend on the menu,
For mains, I ordered the Cornish plaice, Girolles, Samphire & Seaweed Butter (£16.80). However, I was almost tempted to go for Roast Grouse, Black Rice, Crapaudine Beetroot & Pickled Cherries (£21.00). For some they found the flavour of the dish too rich, but I thought it was okay. It was a clever combined dish with the ingredients that was used.
Dessert I choice the Poached Peach, Ewe’s Yoghurt Mousse, Muesli & Hibiscus (£7.00), which was better then I expected. It was not like a bowl of muesli with peach and yoghurt. But my favourite of the desserts would be the Chocolate Mousse, Coffee Crumbs, Sorbet & Raspberries (£7.00). The Fig Tart, Hay Ice Cream, Creme Fraiche & Fug Leaf Oil (£7.00) would be my second favourite of the dessert selection.
We also ordered a portion of the petite chocolate madeleine (£3 for six) which you have to wait at least 15 minutes, as they come served warm. I would had prefer to wait 15 minutes for a chocolate fondue or a soufflé instead.
Overall the food was good quality and each one beautifully presented. It’s not your usual pub food! or pub price. If you like to visit Ten Bells then you could take the option of visiting the restaurant for their express lunch (2 courses £17/3 courses £21).
Upstairs At Ten Bells
84 Commercial Street,