Bar in Old Street
Serata Hall is a bustling but relaxed bar in Old Street serving food and drinks all day. It hails from the same people behind Martello Hall in Hackney and Cattivo in Brixton. Expect stripped back exposed walls, high ceilings, plants and neon signs. It certainly as an element of ‘coolness’.
The bar has its own gin still called Agnes which makes the Serata Hall gin. You can find her underneath the DJ booth! Serata Hall also offers other homemade gins from its other venues.
We sampled a Cattivo with Small Batch Cattivo Gin, Kirsch, Chambord, Maraschino Syrup, rose petals and elderflower tonic (£11). We also had a mocktail (£5) which they make according to your preference. Ours consisted of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, sugar syrup, lemon and elderflower.
They also apparently have the biggest selection of tap wine outside the US with over 12 wines on tap!
The Small Plates
The menu is centered around Italian dishes. Everything on the menu is made on site, from the pizza dough that takes a full two days to prove to the homemade pasta made every day.
We tucked into the following from the small plates menu:
- Padron peppers and sea salt / £5
- Burrata, heritage tomatoes, rocket, pangrattato, rocket pesto and gnocco fritto / £12
- Zucchini fries with aioli / £6
- Cauliflower cheese arancini (Vegan) with pistachio pesto / £6
- ‘Nduja & taleggio arancini with hot red pesto / £6
We loved the padron peppers which were so salty and moreish and the zucchini fries were perfectly crispy. The burrata itself was tasty and we loved all the ingredients but would have preferred smaller versions – the gnocco fritto was huge! The red pesto with nduja arancini was delicious too. We would absolutely recommend having a few drinks with a selection of small plates!
The Larger Plates
The main meals were good but not as great as the small plates. We had the Beetroot Gnocci (vegan) with Pistachio pesto, walnuts, rocket and sage / £12. The pistachio pesto was delicious but the gnocchi was a little mushy – it would be nicer al dente. The Chef’s Meatballs with ‘Nduja tomato sauce, spaghetti, parmesan, gremolata and oregano / £13 was such a decent portion. We expected the tomato sauce to be spicier with the nduja and would love them to alter the sauce a little.
Serata Hall is a great bar in Old Street to visit with friends, work colleagues or on a date night. Go for the gins and wine and get a few small plates to share. They also have a have fun quiz night on Wednesdays in the upstairs area where bottles of prosecco are only £15! Serata Hall also runs gin blending and cocktail masterclasses so keep an eye out for dates.
East London Girl: Serata Hall
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