Craft bar Fugitive Motel to launch in Bethnal Green

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A new fifties-inspired craft bar and kitchen serving speciality beers is opening in the heart of east London’s Bethnal Green in June.

Created by co-founders and best friends David Burgess and Liam Tolan, Fugitive Motel is set to become a “playful oasis” in which Londoners can take refuge from the busy city.

Overlooking Bethnal Green Gardens, the new venue will serve coffee from local roaster partners Climpson & Sons each morning alongside a selection of freshly baked pastries, whereas in the evening, a selection of low and no-alcohol craft beers, kombucha on tap and sourdough pizza will be on offer.

Fugitive Motel’s menu showcases 14 craft beer lines on draft from a range of local East London breweries, as well as those specially selected from David and Liam’s travels.

A concise collection of refined and natural wines and a ‘Spritz and Kickz’ menu, featuring consumer favourites such as the Aperol Spritz rounds off the drinks offering.

Taking its design influence from West Coast American motels common place through the 50s-60s, the 140-cover venue will be decked out in mid-century pastel colours, with a terrazzo bar counter and an abundance of plants and greenery. An outdoor summer terrace will seat 25 people.

The playful nature of the venue is reflected in sharing booths with motel-style ‘vacancy’ lights and a shuffleboard, tucked around the corner of the bar.

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