At last, somewhere to work, rest and play has come to London Fields in the shape of Stories, a clever little bar that’s come from the people who brought The Book Club to Shoreditch. So unsurprisingly, it attracts a mid-week crowd of hip, MacBook-toting creatives, sipping skinny lattes to meet deadlines, while we imagine weekends will see an onslaught of the usuals that make up the market’s hectic traffic, and who’ll pop in for a spiked juice or smoothie.
On a recent invite, we had the pleasure of sampling the Brunch menu which has a decent share of early day options, such as the buttermilk pancakes, bacon or cumberland sausage on a brioche bun, or a humble English brekkie on toast, all for a mere six quid. But it was lunch we were after, so tucked into the smoked haddock & colcannon fishcakes with poached egg and salad (generous and flavoursome) and the lamb burger with triple cooked chips we could have eaten twice over if we weren’t so full. And the best bit? Both are less than a tenner.
As for drinks, the idea of an alcoholic smoothie seemed a little bit too tempting to resist – and while Don’t Be A Strawberry Fooled (fresh strawberries, pineapple juice, santa teresa gran reserva rum, coconut water) could have been sweeter, we didn’t mind the spicy kick of Show Me Your Melons, made with watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, santa teresa gran reserva rum, mint and chilli.
With top-notch food and drinks, Stories should effortlessly pull in the crowds because of its simple appeal and the fact it’ll be running regular events, like its Shoreditch sis. It might become the new hipster’s paradise, mind you, but for now it’s a welcome new kid on the block that’s too friendly to not like. (Words: Matilda Egere-Cooper)
For more info, visit: www.storiesonbroadway.com