REVIEW: The 3 Crowns, Old Street
Greeted by The 3 Crowns’ dilapidated green-tiled exterior reading ‘Barclays Stout and Ales’, you’d be forgiven for assuming this is a pub that errs on the wrong side of shabby chic. Step inside and any preconceptions happily melt away, as you join a mix of unassuming young professionals and in-the-know locals chatting at the sleek wooden bar. A quick scan reveals inventive drink options and snacks scrawled on the blackboards, modern fittings, nimble staff and a curtain dividing the dynamic pub from a more intimate dining space.
Reopened in May by a crack team of foodies (its taps lay dormant for almost three years), The 3 Crowns is determined to bring back the community feel of a reliable East London boozer, with creative, ever-changing menus to tempt you back again and again. Beers rotate, with Meantime brews as a constant, while the food menu evolves throughout the day as the chefs make the most of the ingredients they have to hand and experiment with new flavours.
As each dish arrives at the table with minimum flair, maximum impact, the feeling is that Luca Mathiszig-Lee, Lee Urch and Rohit Patkar (who recently opened chic rooftop bar The Boundary) genuinely can’t wait to share their passions with astute customers who appreciate good, honest grub. For starters, if Guincale or Squid with Tomato Salad happen to pop up on the day you visit, we urge you to give them a try.
For mains, we ate Veal Schnitzel with a fried egg and anchovies, which was light yet filling, and the almighty Onglet steak, served with gorgeous girolles and chunky hand cut chips. Dessert was a creamy Creme Brulee with the freshest vanilla and a sumptuous Chocolate Brownie, with fudge sauce and ice cream.
After dinner, a few rum and cokes with a generous dash of lime, followed by a shot of Patron were enough to send us off into the night full and satisfied, happy in the knowledge we’d definitely be back soon. A real winner.
Amy @ FashionBite xx
The 3 Crowns; 8 East Road, Old Street, N1 6AD. 0207 842 8516