Gerry Calabrese to open East End bar in former laundry


Gerry Calabrese

A new bar is to be opened in a former industrial laundry in east London by bartender Gerry Calabrese (pictured), founder of The Hoxton Pony and Hoxton Gin.

Wringer & Mangle will feature an inventive drinks menu offering variations on the classic “Collins” cocktail as well as an expansive all-weather terrace and an ever-evolving series of art exhibitions.

The interior of the 250-cover bar and restaurant will combine the contemporary and the classic, juxtaposing industrial cement finishes with retro adverts, mismatched tables, Chesterfields and wingback chairs.

Alongside a long bar, the space will feature artistic attractions such as a giant light box lit with Victorian bulbs, a copper tubing sculpture and an exhibition of local photography and art from around Gerry’s native Hackney.

An indoor pergola and garden area at the back will bring a touch of nature inside while French doors will open out onto the terrace.

The courtyard will be kept warm by a fire pit and 7ft smoker and feature reclaimed wood, creeping Russian ivy plants, flickering lights and Victorian lamps.

Gerry and his brother, Jon Calabrese, who is head of operations for their company Calabrese House, have created an innovative menu promising a “unique sense of fun and attention to detail”. They say the gin-focused list will offer some unusual twists on classic cocktail-making that has never been seen before.

Chef Oisin Coyle, formerly at London restaurants Terroirs and Skylon, has created a well-balanced menu, with an emphasis on both healthy and heartier plates. Wringer & Mangle aims to be the best brunch spot in the neighbourhood while Sundays will offer “Build Your Own Roast” and a range of roasted meats with a wide choice of sides.

The regular Wringer & Mangle Tea Parties will host afternoon tea every day from 2pm to 4pm. As well as the traditional afternoon tea with an array of sandwiches, pastries and cakes and teas, guests can choose to have gin cocktails, presented in large self-cooling infusion jars and served in vintage teacups.

Gerry, who is the son of legendary bartender Salvatore Calabrese, has been working in the hospitality sector for 18 years. He co-founded The Hoxton Pony in east London in 2008 and cabaret-themed club Baroque in Mayfair in 2013. He also launched Hoxton Gin four years ago and offers consultancy services through Calabrese House, working with brands such as Peroni (pictured).

He said: “I am really enjoying going back to my roots and championing the East End again. There’s no place in the world I’d rather be.

“We hope Wringer & Mangle will be a celebration of everything that’s great about this area, sense of community, creativity, fun, and of course fantastic food and drink.

“This is where my brother and I started out and now we’re back with another project we feel passionately about on our home turf.”

Wringer & Mangle will be located in The Laundry Building, opposite London Fields Brewery, in Warburton Road. It is due to open at the end of October.

Picture by Tom Dymond.

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