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Draft House gets ready to open Birdcage on Columbia Road

The latest from Charlie Mc Veigh's Draft House group is another departure from the norm, much like their recent Bump Caves. This takes a bit of that and a bit of the Draft House to create Birdcage, opening on Columbia Road.

What you need to know about Birdcage

The Victorian pub has been around for a while. The Birdcage Public House is a famed East End building, having previously ganed some notoriety in 19th century body snatching trials. The pub was getting close to Bankruptcy before being saved by the Draft House Group.

The food will reflect its location - with pie and mash on the menu. Indeed, pie, mash and liquor to will come with hand-crafted pies and "fully encased with short-crust pastry". Fillings will include Steak & Ale, Steak & Kidney, Chicken Leek & Ham and Spinach, Sweet Potato & Goat’s Cheese (all £6.90). They'll be served with mushy marrowfat peas, and liquor or onion gravy and, of course, scoops of buttery mash (£1 each).

And they'll be taking some drinks over from Bump Caves too. They'll be serving optics cocktails, created by Max Chater of Bump Caves. They're dispensed from traditional 3-litre pub optics bottles and will include the Manhattan, BUMP Martini and BUMP Hi-Bye (all at £5.90). And craft beer too with a huge range of craft beer on draft and in bottle, many from local breweries and from the USA, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic.

They'll be a "knees up" at the weekend. For that, they're calling in Columbia Road’s  favourite buskers for renditions of old classics.

When does it open? 27 November with a soft launch (50% off the bill) - full details here.

And where is it? Draft House Birdcage opens at 80 Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 7QB.

For more information, follow them on Twitter @drafthouseuk

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