There are some places that are great for getting a bit drunk in London, and Serata Hall is definitely one of them. A restaurant-come-bakery-come-co-working-space, it’s huge, with cool fresh and airy interiors, and a fun social vibe. There's DJs over dinner, Absinthe cocktails and a much-abused bottomless brunch. Outrageously close to Old Street underground station (perfect for stumbling home), Serata Hall is the third in a series, following Canova Hall (Brixton) and Martello Hall (London Fields), both of which have this same vibe and offering. A tried and tested concept, it’s all-day carby, tasty Italian(ish) food: think arancini, truffle tagliatelle, vegan beetroot gnocchi, and pizza. There’s some naughty, naughty sides too, which, if you’re a bit hungover and/or a bit drunk, you’ll definitely be drawn to, like triple-cooked chips with nduja ketchup, fried mozzarella balls, zucchini fries, and sugary bombolini doughnuts.
Prices are pretty cheap and portions are huge. The burrata is great, with XXL doughy gnocco fritto to soak up all that creamy goodness. The pea and pecorino arancini are tasty, and the truffle tagliatelle is good, as carby and as creamy as you’d hope. I didn’t really rate the Porn Star Margherita pizza (too much going on), though the base was good so I reckon a straight up Margherita would have been a better choice. I wouldn’t say it’s the best Italian food in London (some of the dishes, pizzas especially, have one too many things going on) but it’s a super fun place to go with friends for a feed. You’re gonna have a good time and you’re gonna leave stuffed and probably drunk. Tap wine is served in carafes. G&Ts are served doubles as standard. And there are sharing rum punches that would no doubt cause a lot of fun.
The weekend brunch offers a lot of the same menu (pizza, pasta, all the tasty sides) along with a few classic brunch dishes too. Order food as you please and pay £25pp extra for bottomless (and they mean that!) drinks for two hours. Chaos!
SERATA HALL, 207 OLD STREET, LONDON, EC1V 9NR