Innovation on the menu at new Town Hall Hotel bar

viajante barThe bar at the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green in London is to be taken over by bartender Matt Whiley and relaunched as the Peg and Patriot.

Due to open in mid-April, the bar will specialise in innovative cocktails, house spirits created on site and other spirits sourced from small producers around the world.

Matt, a former director of consultancy and bar operator Fluid Movement, set up his own venture The Talented Mr Fox last August and took on the bar at One Leicester Street off London’s Leicester Square.

The bar at Peg and Patriot, on the ground floor of the Town Hall Hotel, was formerly the bar for Viajante restaurant which closed after nearly four years on Friday (February 28) after the departure of chef Nuno Mendes. The original bar is pictured above.

The restaurant, which is yet to be named, is being taken over by executive chef Lee Westcott with backing from chef Jason Atherton. Lee will also create a food menu for the bar to complement the drinks.

In the 60-capacity bar, Matt will offer a cocktail menu featuring unique drinks such as a Marmite Vodka Martini and a Salt Beef Sazerac, made with a cognac infused with salt beef beigel plus absinthe, sugar and bitters.

The bar will lean heavily towards distillation, making three different styles of gin on site, including the recently launched Moonshine Kid Dog’s Nose, a hop gin, as well as Lisle Street Gin, made with jasmine and currants, which was created at One Leicester Street. Matt will also produce his own house vodkas, liqueurs and vermouths.

The bar is being redesigned by Taiga Design, inspired by the grandeur and opulence of the 114-year-old Town Hall building. The interior will be simple and understated with a pared-back aesthetic, allowing the main focus to remain on the bartenders behind the bar.

The bar has been named after its location on Patriot Square and “Peg” being an old English word for a shot of spirit.

It will be open 5pm to midnight from Tuesday to Thursday, from 5pm to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays and from midday to 10pm on Sundays.

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