Townsend  

 
 
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77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, Shadwell, London E1 7QX
 
 
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Tue, Sat & Sun 10.30am-6pm (kitchen from 12noon-3pm), Wed to Fri 10.30am-11pm (kitchen 12noon-3pm & 6pm-9pm)
 

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Townsend Named after Charles Harrison Townsend, the architect of the grade II listed Whitechapel Gallery in which it sits, Townsend is a modern British restaurant offering seasonal dishes, freshly baked pastries, and wines by the glass. Director Nick Gilkinson, previously of Anglo, has drawn on the talents of ex- Petersham Nurseries head chef Joe Fox to create the light filled restaurant. Dishes include choices of Mayan gold potato with egg yolk, Berkswell and winter truffle or curried veal sweetbread with cauliflower, sprout tops and burnt onion. Main courses include smoky grilled salsify with red cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke and collard greens, and roast venison for two to share followed by Yorkshire rhubarb, pear sorbet and marjoram or ginger and treacle pudding . While natural light pours in from wall to wall sash windows during the day, at night glass pendant lights glow overhead, reflected in the mirrors which line the walls. The space also includes an intimate wood-panelled private dining room, lined with rare art books and posters. A dining destination for visitors to the gallery as well as a neighbourhood staple for those who live and work locally.

 

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Townsend  L to R: Joe Fox and Nick Gilkinson  

   
Townsend - L to R: Joe Fox and Nick Gilkinson

Townsend L to R: Joe Fox and Nick Gilkinson 


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