Grub is the tastiest idea that Melanie May and James Knox Boothman have ever come up with, for they are the brains behind the new restaurant at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. Situated in an old doctor’s clinic, between the trannies, old men and hyperfunsters, you’ll find James in the kitchen and Melanie sauntering between you and him, and you’ll find a delicious very British menu. Josh Jones sat down with them for a quick chat before the rush started. Get yourself down there and fill your boots.

What can people expect when they go to Grub?
Best of British Grub with a nod to the East End working class, with class.

Where do all your ingredients come from? Is it true you get flowers and nettles from Hackney Downs and Victoria Park. Is everything East London based?
We packed Stevie (front of house) off to the woods who is more used to Gum trees, not stinging nettles. Luckily she had gloves and the nettle soup went down well. People are becoming more and more aware of where their food comes from and it’s all about supporting the local independents who are ethical and organic. Sh!t, we should be doing this in Stoke Newington. We want to celebrate East End grub with good produce that tastes delicious.

You’re open at the weekend for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Has anyone come and stayed for all three? Would you encourage that person if no ones done that yet?
Yeah most of our friends, there are G&T’s or Bloody Grubby Mary’s (secret, very boozy recipe) with every course. The room is bright and there is a shower in the bathroom to wash between courses. No, really there is.


Photo: Tom Medwell


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