Wringer and Mangle, a former industrial laundry, (hence the name) is a 250 cover restaurant and bar situated in trendy London Fields. This quirky spot is the newest venture by Gerry Calabrese, the founder of Hoxton Gin and popular nightspot Hoxton Pony.
The venue is impressive; an eclectic mixture of old and new. A massive open plan space, the laundry site’s heritage is paid homage to courtesy of, whitewashed walls, exposed concrete, copper pipes, quirky large white pantaloons hanging in the bathroom, retro washing ads and of course in pride of place a real mangle.
Combine the industrial authenticity with leather seated vintage stools, antique chesterfield armchairs and low hanging ceiling lighting and you achieve the ambience the restaurant intends, that of quirky sophistication.
In keeping with the East London hipster vibe the walls are adorned with local art and photography exhibitions which rotate every six weeks. There’s an indoor pergola and garden area which opens out onto a courtyard and an inviting heated terrace ideal for all weather drinking.
Along with its well thought out aesthetic image, Wringer and Mangle also take their food seriously, you wouldn’t expect less from top chef Oisin Coyle (Terroirs, D&D’s Skylon), this is good honest British gastro with a twist, it’s casual dining, not fussy but extremely tasty. For starters we enjoyed Mackerel Tartar & Cucumber (£7) Potato & Bacon Salad, Poached Egg & Hollandaise (£7). For mains: Curried Monkish and Seasonal Greens (£16) 10oz Ribeye Steak, Chips, Watercress & Bernaise (£20), for dessert a shared Tiramisu (£6.50)
The cocktails are equally delicious; Wringer and Mangle serve their own variations on the classic Tom Collins cocktail, in fact 30 different varieties. We enjoyed a Lady Grey: Bombay Sapphire Gin infused with pistachio, fresh lemon, Earl Grey tea syrup and topped with peppermint (£10) and The Calvados Collins: Belvedere Vodka, Pére Magloire Calvados, maraschino liqueur, orgeat, fresh lemon and apple, topped with cucumber and cardamom foam (£10).
Service like the whole venue is unpretentious, casual but extremely attentive and welcoming.
When Gary Calabrese opened this venue he said he hoped it would be a celebration of everything that’s great about East London – he was passionate to be back on the home turf where he and his brother grew up, Wringer & Mangle epitomises East London with its style and sophistication, but with undertones of simplicity and honesty.
Price – £76.50 (excluding service).
Service – Welcoming, knowledgeable and attentive staff.
Ambiance – Buzzing, casual and cosy.
Bathroom – 4/5.
For reservations and further information please visit: wringerandmangle.com