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Second (or third) helpings: can restaurant sequels be any good?

Posted at 12:30 pm, March 18, 2014 in Food & Drink
Timberyard Covent Garden ©Jael Marschner

We all know about the difficult second album. But what about the difficult second restaurant? Or, to move the analogy into another cultural sphere: film sequels. The follow-up to the initial smash hit might still be worth a trip to the cinema, but after that the quality usually declines as the number of sequels grow. Remember ‘Rocky V’? Thought not.Fortunately, this isn’t always the case in restaurant sequels. Take two recent examples that we’ve encountered.

Timberyard (pictured above) in Covent Garden is a worthy encore to the original café in Shoreditch, bringing its superior java brews, excellent baked goods and east London-cool vibe to Theatreland.

Read our review of the second Timberyard.

Wright Brothers Spitalfields ©Paul Winch-Furness

Meanwhile, Wright Brothers Spitalfields (above) is, in fact, the third branch of the oyster and seafood specialist, after busy Borough Market (the original) and sprawling Soho (which has just had a refurb). And it’s the best of the lot, we feel. Which just goes to show that, er, restaurants aren’t like films.

Read our review of Wright Brothers Spitalfields.

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