They make their own gin here, of course, as you can see through the large glass windows - and some other spirits. And they're serious about it: not for nothing does the cocktail list feature both Mother's Ruin and Gogo's Ruin. Edith Anderson would do well here. While nobody was working in the distillery itself on a Sunday at lunchtime, that's just another reason to come back some other time.
We were really there for the food. Most of it is comfort food - burgers, hot dogs, and the modern favourite of mac and cheese - but everything has been given some very interesting twists. One outstanding idea was "truffled biltong mac 'n chini", ie arancini like you've never had them before. The beef burger was made with added oxtail, giving extra richness and moistness and then sauced with pineapple bacon jam; the chicken burger had Asian trimmings. Everything we tried was full of flavour, perhaps more so than some palates might like.
Our waitress was very good at helping us to navigate the menu and the drinks list. She had good knowledge of what was what, and offered good advice about what would suit certain preferences and what would not. She volunteered, for example, that if we tried the lamb and slaw starter then we ought not to pick the lamb burger, as the meat was the same in both dishes and we'd be covering more ground if we tried something else instead. That was great for first-timers at the restaurant.
This probably isn't a place in which to linger for long unless you're young and hip. The industrial chic decor and furnishings really don't lend themselves to it. I imagine that it could get quite loud in the evenings or when it's busy - the perennial downside to a trendy venue. But you'd be missing out if you didn't give this a try.
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