Located beside London Fields resides this cosy but spacious Italian restaurant and bar, Martello Hall. With their juxtaposing rustic and industrial design, Martello Hall offers up a perfect balance between trendy and hygge for any occasion – whether it’s a date or drinks with mates.
The Idle Man were lucky enough to find a rare gem in East London that offers ups the perfect balance between that hearty Italian cooking as if your Italian mum had cooked it and a fine-dining experience. From entering their warm and welcoming space we immediately felt comfortable and at ease, which is sometimes a big factor to whether you enjoy your meal or not. With a Dutch ‘brown cafe’ mixed with a Florence kitchen it was the beginning of a great night at Martello Hall.
As the nights are gradually getting darker and colder, it’s safe to say your needs for a heartwarming drink and food increase as the temperature decreases. With their impressive cocktail list, including a regularly changing array of 12 wines on tap and gin distilled on site you won’t have to even venture outside Martello Hall to another pub – it’s got it all.
If Martello Hall was just a cocktail bar, we would still go there just for that. But even if you’re not a cocktail fanatic you still can find exactly what you’re looking to drink at Martello Hall. For our non-drinkers, Martello Hall offers up ‘hotdesking’ during the day before the gin gets flowing, you can sit in their bright and airy space to get your work done with bottomless coffee all day for just a tenner. Alongside bottomless toast, a selection of Po’Boys and pizzas, you can beat the Monday blues by ‘working from home’.
If that were us, we would do our office work in Martello Hall, then as the evening fades in, put our laptops away and wait impatiently for the array of delicious food. There’s a ‘social’ small plate sharing menu, combining dishes like mini parmesan fonduta with toast; pecorino and potato croquettes with a hot mustard sauce; and buttermilk fried chicken with hot mustard, watermelon and jalapenos. There’s also, as you may have noticed, a gigantic wood-fired oven in the corner, from which is hustled pizzas with toppings like the Phoenix, topped with toasted pistachio, parmesan, rosemary and red onion, or the Calabrian, which comes with ‘nduja, finocchiona salami, roasted fennel and mozzarella.
Alcohol goes hand-in-hand with the food at Martello Hall – Saturday’s are all about pizza and punch-based bottomless brunches whilst Sunday takes the reigns with bottomless roasts. So basically, any day of the week is an absolute treat at Martello Hall so if you’ve haven’t been yet you have to visit – you’ll probably see us there again!
NOTE: Martello Hall is open daily from 8am (weekdays) or 10am/12pm (weekends) till late. You can reserve a spot on their website right here.