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Rack City Ribs: a tasty new residency at Rose & Crown

One of KT's best backstreet boozers is serving up soul food throughout the sweltering heat

This Torriano Avenue watering hole is such a gem that at least one member of the Kentishtowner team has enjoyed a ‘big’ birthday there over the last few years.

Maybe it’s the timeless shabby-chic pared-back interior, with its easy-going neighbourhood vibes and actual friendly punters. Or maybe it’s that quite delightful sunken garden – pretty magical on a balmy evening.

Speaking of which, the good news is the rear courtyard has just been spruced up a little, with new garden furniture, climbers up the walls, and planters spilling out with palms, ferns and grasses. It now promises to be an even more relaxing place to sink a pint in.

Work in progress shot of the sunken garden spruce-up. Photo: R & C

Ah yes, pints. The pub is, of course, probably best known for serving up some of the most interesting craft beer in the postcode. Current tip? A rather delicious 6% cherry Gose from Brew By Numbers (which is as vividly red as you can imagine).


The other element in the Rose & Crown’s strong suit has always been its shrewdly evolving kitchen residencies – instantly rectifying the common dilemma that, however good the food in your local is, it always seems more exciting to eat somewhere else.

Low and slow: Rack City Ribs. Photo: PR

The latest contenders are Rack City Ribs, who’ve done stints across east London at places including Truman Brewery.

Here they’re serving up tasty slow-cooked ribs – 8-hour beef and applewood-smoked pork – as well as brisket, plus a vegan jackfruit option with slaw. You even get to choose a glaze – sticky bourbon or pineapple jerk. Mouth watering yet?

For sides think skin-on fries, sticky wings, creamy slaw, sweet potato fries and more fries loaded with – yes – brisket. You’ll be thankful for the walk home afterwards.

Even better? Like all good establishments the Rose & Crown are doing #EatOutToHelpOut, which only helps make it all a ridiculous bargain.

Our advice? In this heat get there early to bag a cool spot in the foliage.

Mains £8.50-£17.95, sides £3.50-7.50. Enjoy 50% off (up to £10) every Mon-Wed throughout August. Follow @roseandcrownnw5 and @rackcityribs for more info 

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