The humble corner stores once dotting the vintage streets of London served as the foundation for British society throughout much of the Victorian period. These classic, locally owned shops sold literally anything and everything to the neighbourhood community, playing a central role in everyday street life.
Today, at the corner of Old Street and Shoreditch High Street, a preserved relic of this vintage age remains strong, reminiscing the classic days of quality, character, and service.
The Cornershop Bar is a live music restaurant and pub, known to partygoers and revellers for generations as a quality landmark institution for East London’s food and social fabric through today.
The Cornershop Bar’s location radiates with a richness of London history that few other venues can capture.
The Cornershop Bar maintains the classic feel of the interiors of its antique past but lives up to its reputation as a modern community hub offering a wide variety of live music acts, comedy, open mic forums, and themed nights performed by the same local artists comprising the East London entertainment landscape. In doing so, The Cornershop has served as an East London institution for promising musicians, DJ’s and artists to launch their careers, much more than just an excellent go-to location known for incredible food, drink, and entertainment.
Situated directly facing the historic St. Leonard’s Church, the intersection dates to 1740 and was made popular by the line “When I grow rich, say the bells of Shoreditch” in the children’s nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons.
The menu at The Cornershop is masterminded by Gigi’s Hospitality Group, the same geniuses behind The Grapevine Italian Restaurant and Library at just a stone throw’s distance. You’ll soon learn that the staff unfailingly to treat you as family all the same.
The food at The Cornershop is headlined by a soulful, succulent, Rotisserie Chicken, peeled dripping fresh from the by the grill by The Gigi’s Group’s master roasters straight to you. The meat is slow cooked to absolute perfection using state of the art rotisserie equipment using wrapped heat, bringing the marinated herbs and skin to a golden-brown crisp before being carved for your plate.
Mouth-watering side dishes include Coconut Sweet Mash Potato, Corn on the Cob, Cajun Fries, Spicy Beans, Fried Rice, or a Broccoli Garlic Chilli for that spicy kick.
For starters, a popular choice is the delectable Chicken Caesar’s Salad, flavourful enough to upgrade as a main course, or the scrumptious Chicken Donuts and Wings which will have you coming back just for them regularly.
A whole rotisserie chicken costs £12.50 or a half for just £8. While prices reflect the warm and welcoming approach adopted by owner and food artisan Giovanna, one should still expect the quality of the meal to excel in every aspect, down to the brittle roast rosemary sticks and moist browned garlic flavouring your crisped chicken. Don’t forget to ask for the authentic Argentinian Chimichurri sauce with your meal, made with fresh chopped parsley, oregano, garlic, red vinegar, and chillies, to perfectly compliment your main.
Vegan options are also abundant so don’t expect to stay hungry at The Cornershop Bar. For desserts, the cakes rival those of any nearby bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you haven’t tried the Red Velvet Cake here, you haven’t tried red velvet cake, period. All made inhouse in our very own kitchen!
Sunday Roasts are an all-day event, with the flavourful baby chicken marinated with garlic and rosemary served with roast carrots, beetroot, broccoli and potatoes. The Yorkshire pudding and meat gravy is a masterful take on a classic roast, while the Beef Sirloin here is carefully slow cooked for 8 hours and served with trimmings. For vegetarians, the Nut Roast accompanied with a house special Vegetable Gravy is an absolute must.
Drinks packages featuring Vodka, Gin, Tequila, and Rum mixers are creative combinations available for crowds of 4-6 people looking to celebrate with the best nightlife location in East London. Sporting Events are also mainstay with stadium-quality sound and screens –
The Cornershop Bar serves as a virtual home base for Sports fans during football championships and Olympic events, with an enthusiastic crowd to suit!
Quite simply, The Cornershop Bar is a literal cornerstone of the East London food and entertainment scene. Just head towards the geographic epicentre of London’s historic Shoreditch to relish this authentic time-tested experience for yourself.