The Salt Beef sazerac is indicative both of the style and attitude of the drinks at the Peg & Patriot, the new bar at the Town Hall hotel in Bethnal Green.
The drink's creator Matt Whiley, who also goes by the moniker 'The Talented Mr Fox' has quite recently carved out a niche for himself. His pop-up turned permanent bar at One Leicester Street serves cocktails with clever names constructed with an array of unusual ingredients such as sweetcorn distillate and pistachio gin all of which are made in house.
Taking up the mantle of the recently departed Viajante bar, Whiley has completely redesigned the bar and room, now filled with comfortable seating and a slightly discordant but very enjoyable music policy. The playlist features Brooklyn, Queens' and Philly's finest. Fans of De La, Gang Starr, The Roots and Dead Prez are well catered for here.
In terms of the drinks, a similar approach has been taken to their sister bar, with an equally impressive, but distinct menu of bespoke preparations. The Sazerac, is much less salty, beefy and beigelly than one might imagine, and is a hat tip both to Whiley's heritage and to the East End Jewish population, who retain a strong heritage in this area.
The Peg & Patriot at the Town Hall Hotel, E2 9NF opens Friday 16th May