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“Nice surprise upstairs”
Review of The Ten Bells

The Ten Bells
Ranked #1,638 of 23,379 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Bar
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Spitalfields
Description: Located smack-bang in the middle of Shoreditch and Spitalfieds lies the institution that is "The Ten Bells" pub. This iconic venue has existed in one guise or another since the middle of the 17th Century. Expect all walks of life in this bustling classic boozer at any time of the day or night. Beyond the listed tile work and villainous history lies a solid and well respected pub with an excellent range of quality beers and decent Bartenders. Jostle in with the crowds downstairs or climb a further floor to find comfortable seating and a unique atmosphere where you watch the world go by on the streets below. Whether you are looking for Beer, Wine or Cocktails, The Ten Bells has it all with a touch of class yet still understated much like its reputation.
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Go right to the back of the pub and you'll find the stairs that look like they should be taking to a loft. In fact you'll find the restaurant at the top with long sash windows across the front and a lovely cosy atmosphere to the room.

Service is good and so is the quality of the food. But have to confess there really wasn't enough of it. If there'd just been some more vegetables on the plate to go with the venison that would have been enough. My friends had the lamb and had the same experience. Lovely, but could have eaten it all over again. Unfortunately this doesn't make it great value for money.

Cheese plate was nice, and the wine was good.

A nice place to try and tick off your list.

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Thank DebbieDLondon
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Great atmosphere. Imaginative menu. Delicious cooking. Well presented. Friendly service. Interesting wine list. Je ne sais quoi about being a hidden gem above an old fashioned pub. Will be back, even although I'll be living on the other side if London. Oh, and the bill was reasonable too!

Thank malteague
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

When going to London, and after seeing or visit the usual "tourist attractions", make a stroll to Whitechapel neighbourood, and have a pint at the The Ten Bells, especially when night falls.
There, you can catch the atmosphere of the londiner days of Jack The Ripper legend.
The atmosphere is inviting, the booze is excellent, and - it´s not por laughs- don´t forget to make a trip to the restroom. The stair that lead us there is unforgettable: in yhe walls, you can read the entire story of Jack the Ripper, who was told to be a famous client of the pub.
During the day, as you make some hours before the mentioned pint, make a tour to the nearby Spitalfields Art Market. It's not a waste of time.
So, enjoy London, and the spirit of The Ripper.

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1  Thank Diogo330
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Unsuspecting boozers would be surprised to know that on the 1st floor of the Ten Bells pub is a critically acclaimed restaurant. Upstairs at the Ten Bells is one of those restaurants that is so dependable if you’re looking, for instance, for good Sunday lunch experience.

Located at the back-end of Spitalfields Market it is a perfect spot to enjoy some excellent food while watching the strolling shoppers pass by. We’ve visited on several occasions and each time we were impressed by the level of cooking.

Upstairs at the Ten Bells originally started when ‘The Young Turks’ (4 high-calibre young chefs) took residence above the Ten Bells pub for a 3 month stint, which was extended by a few months after the project received a lot of praise. Since then 3 of the chefs have moved on to open a new dining venture, the Clove Club. However the remaining chef Isaac Mchale decided to keep involved on a day to day basis.

The ground floor of the Ten Bells pub still serves as a boozing ground for what seems to be Londoners favourite past time (even Jack the Ripper used to frequent the pub in the good old days). However, nowadays the pub is gaining more notoriety for its food than for its liquor or infamous historic customers.

During our latest visit to Upstairs at the Ten Bells we tried the following dishes:
-Complimentary sour dough bread
-Buttermilk Chicken & Pine Salt (9/10)
-Beetroot Cracker & Buffalo Ricotta (9/10)
-“Spello” Bean Stew, Lovage, Globe & Violet Artichoke (7.5/10)
-Fried Squid, Roveja Peas Polenta & Winter Tomatoes (8/10)
-Oxtail Consommé, Barley, Bone Marrow & Lovage Tortellini (9/10)
-Veal Tongue, Pickled Red Meat Radishes, Bread & Marrow Sauce (9.5/10)
-Haunch of Venison, Sauerkraut, Spätzle & Pickled Currants (9.5/10)
-Braised Endive, Raclette Fonduta & Beer Pickled Onion (7.5/10)
-Chestnut Mont Blanc, Poached Pear & Whisky Honey (8/10)
-Yorkshire Rhubarb, Buttermilk Mousse & Milk Crisps (9.5/10)

It’s cooking like this that gets us excited. Don’t be fooled by its trendy exterior. If the food at Upstairs at the Ten Bells was served in more formal surroundings it would be considered one of London’s better fine dining experiences. In fact, Upstairs at the Ten Bells reminds me a lot of Nuno Mendes’ Corner Room; extremely good cooking for a very decent price in a laid back and chilled environment. If the food at the soon to open Clove Club is anything near the level of Upstairs at the Ten Bells it promises to be a good Spring for foodies in London.

The total bill at Upstairs at the Ten Bells came to £100 (including optional service charge, 2 glasses of wine and a glass of the housemade blood orange juice).

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1  Thank TKB001
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Great spot for a pint of beer, very good location in Spitalfields. Can get busy. In the summer people stand outside. There is a nice dining room upstairs.

Thank shenaniganso
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