Who knew that disused petrol stations made such good restaurants?! Pump Shoreditch is one such example, home to multiple food stalls plus a more permanent restaurant, Boneyard.
From the restaurateur behind West Thirty Six (Robert Newmark), Boneyard serves up awesomely dirty, meaty dishes reminiscent of American road trips and Route 66 – think double stacked bone marrow burgers, chilli con carne potato chips, free-range buttermilk chicken, BBQ-smothered ribs and the thickest ice cream milkshakes.
Boneyard is casual – you order up at the bar, and food comes in red plastic baskets, with wooden cutlery. There are cute décor touches, with cacti on all the tables, candystripe straws to slurp your shake from, and a Texan feel to the wooden interior – but it’s probably not first date appropriate!
But third date? For sure! Get stuck in, enjoy eating with your fingers and getting covered in BBQ sauce, then hit a trendy Shoreditch speakeasy for a nightcap (you’ll find a list of my favourites below).
Best bars near Boneyard:
– Callooh Callay – for quirky cocktails through the wardrobe.
– Joyeux Bordel – for potent drinks in a very dark and romantic subterranean bar.
– Bull In A China Shop – for specialist whiskies, served over hand-carved ice sculptures, or as novel cocktails.