18 Phipp Street, EC2A 4NU
Hackney’s Ellory was a firm favourite at UJ HQ. With its idiosyncratic, Michelin-star-on-Mare-Street charm and carb-tastic Sunday specials, there were elements of a modern classic in the making. Thankfully, news of Ellory closing was delivered simultaneously with the announcement that it would have a new iteration: Leroy, opening in mid-March on Phipp Street. Unlike Ellory, Leroy is set to be a wine bar first, restaurant second. There are scant confirmed details for now, but with the existing site in mind, we have a hunch team Leroy will be channelling some Parisian cave à manger vibes (Maltby Street and P Franco are also fans), with wines from Vignette Tardis, their winemaking project in Campania. Vive Leroy!