It wasn’t surprising when Drake & Morgan snapped up this quay-side space to add to their repertoire of city-cool food and drink joints. After sending in Fusion Design & Architecture to breezily create something industrially chic yet cosy — think sheepskin rugs, Scandi print cushions, intercepted with steel columns wooden beams — The Sipping Room came to life on West India Key. Swallowing up the post-5pm office crowd throughout the week, the Canary Wharf cocktail bar opens its doors to everyone throughout the day and across the weekend.
Sunday in particular is for families, with children’s entertainment from Miss Ballooniverse, who joins The Sipping Room team to provide complimentary entertainment, while you take some time to relax. The kids can join in with arts & crafts, biscuit decorating and leave with a special balloon. Everything is very calm and collected, nobody gets wired up like a visit to Brewer’s Fayre play barn. For “Little Drake & Morganers”, the conservative menu offers sausage & mash, fish & chips, or burger & fries, which, when teamed with the entertainment, should prove for a whinge-free dinner — in theory. Dessert is suitably sweet and chocolatey, with hot chocolate and babycinnos on the house.
Everything is on the brunch menu, which we find surprisingly pleasing. All-day brekkie, meaty gastro-pub burgers, giant couscous, as well as Sunday roasts and flat-iron steaks. Committed to the roast option (and not hungover enough to warrant an all-day breakfast), the free-range chicken, with Yorkshire pudding and winter veggies, was the hearty choice that, didn’t feel well-placed on the brunch menu, but was certainly spot-on for the 2pm feed. My request for mash on the side was sneered at, but that’s the perils of a northerner asking for a roast in London, right?
With over forty wines ranging from £18-55, some classics you’ll recognise and many lesser known options available by the glass, ask for something that’ll fit with your dinner or brunch plate — flights are available too. Consult the ‘Potions’ menu for an aperitif, handcrafted in signature Drake & Morgan experimental cocktail style. Camden Hells, Peroni and Brewdog’s Punk IPA make beer menu, with gluten and alcohol-free choices, so nobody will feel left out.
For lazy afternoon vibes and a menu more loaded than The Sipping Room’s loaded fries, this Drake & Morgan restaurant could make for a regular family hangout. The quietly attentive staff and children’s entertainment make the up-market chain most attractive for a family dinner, minus the stress factor that kid-friendly places often unwittingly acquire.
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