Tucked away on the end of Easton Street, The Easton gastro pub is well hidden and offers a slice of relative tranquillity in this busy area of the city. If it’s lunch, dinner or just some casual drinks you’re after then The Easton serves as a sociable change from the norm.
The focal point of Easton Street, the pub sits on the corner at the furthest end away from the bustling Farringdon Road and Exmouth Market. Have no fears about finding the Easton however – the pub’s bold sign can be seen easily from a distance. Occupying the corner building, it's essentially one large room, surrounded by front facing windows letting light drizzle into the dining area. It keeps a traditional feel, with large red sofas and smart vintage-style wooden tables and chairs. There is also an open, brick fireplace, something of a rarity in London’s pubs. The bar is a typical long wooden surface, which keeps the punters at bay.
Due to its location, The Easton is not as densely populated as other pubs and bars in the area, particularly those in the crowded Exmouth Market. However, this arguably works in the pub’s favour, with customers returning for the hidden, lazy, feel to the place. Being in the midst of housing brings in regulars who adorn the corner booths and stalls during day time, making The Easton reminiscent of a traditional village pub. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu, table service is quick and cutlery is promptly relayed throughout the different courses. The restaurant has no shortage of space, which is a plus point in this highly competitive area.
One of the reasons the pub is full of dining tables is surely down to the focus on food. The food at The Easton is not your typical pub grub; a regularly changing selection of meals that caters for a wide range of tastes and preferences. For a light bite it is hard to look past the grilled tiger prawn and scallop skewers (£8). These are served with a fresh salsa and salad, which complements the fish perfectly. The soup changes frequently, and cauliflower soup (£5) goes hand in hand with the beautiful, daily home-baked bread, which includes paprika among other spices and herbs. Those wanting something to simply accompany their pint can look toward the bar snacks menu – there are no cheesy chips here, but the pub offers an eclectic selection from pork pie (£2.50), vegetable empanadas (£2) or the deliciously crispy hot ham hock croquettes (£5), which are served with an aioli dip.
As far as mains go, The Easton presents a very diverse selection. The classic pub meal of a burger is revamped, offering the pork and chorizo burger (£10.75) served with salsa and hearty hand-cut chips. The lamb and stilton pie (£13) proves to be a very popular choice, served with a creamy parsnip mash. Another popular dish is the grilled Cumberland sausage and mash (£9.75) served with curly kale and onion gravy.
Of course, the desserts at the Easton are also inviting, the warm chocolate and hazelnut brownie (£4.50) is served with cooling vanilla ice cream. For a more fruity taste, the apple and mixed berry crumble (£4.50) comes with a sweet and sticky calvados custard.
The Easton boasts a healthy drinks selection, with Czech beer Staropramen (£3.90), Hoegarden (£4.60) Becks Vier and Kronenbourg 1664 (both £3.80) all on draught. For those wanting a nice cold bottled beer to refresh the palate, Corona, Peroni and San Miguel (£3.70) are all stocked. Both white and red wine prices range from £15-£30, providing an extensive selection that won’t break the bank. Among others, Belvedere vodka, Grey Goose vodka, Tanqueray 10 gin, Janneau cognac, Patron tequila, Mount Gay rum and Black Label whisky are all sold, perhaps prolonging your stay at the Easton for more of a session.
The Last Word
This unseen gastro pub makes for a useful light lunch venue - whether alone or as part of a group – and if you are itching to get off the hectic city streets then The Easton is a handy retreat. The pub uses the large space well and the contemporary art for sale on the walls acts as a modern installation in this nostalgic village-type pub.