The Handbook
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Kitty Hawk marks the place that the Wright Brothers ‘discovered’ powered flight. They might have been soaring, but it’s The Kitty Hawk in EC2, from resauranteurs Wright and Bell, that’s currently flying.

Billing itself as ‘a space built around a sense of community made for people to kickback for drinks or dinner or both’  it’s open all day and throws together various styles across the two huge floors of restaurant, cafe, bar and dining counter. Now they’ve another string to their already impressive bow, The Kitty Hawk is launching The Back Room, a hideaway bar where Londoners can unwind in comfort.

The Back Room Wine Bar is a drinking den with a wide selection of New and Old World wines, carefully curated by their ‘Wine Guy’, Adam, and sourced from local merchants. As well as wine served by the bottle there will also be a selection of tap wines and the list will change weekly, meaning there’s always something else to go back for as well as the cosy environment and food.

When it comes to food The Kitty Hawk’s Back Room will be offering drinkers a simple selection of cheeses and charcuterie designed for sharing. The offering will include Kern Cornish and Waterloo, Suffolk salami and air dried parma ham, all served with crackers and sourdough. The menu also will include two small paltes that change daily but will feature Ossobuco Moroccan lamb tagine, Merguez sausage and lentil and fish stew.

Of course you can always head downstairs to the restaurant for a full selection of dinner options and The Kitty Hawk has just launched their latest selection of menus. The Downstairs Restaurant’s latest offering includes starters of pulled confit chicken, roast onion purée and caramelised shallots and sea bass ceviche, lime, coriander and chilli, while mains include grilled sticky pork belly, crispy aubergine, snake beans and radish salad and Stargazy pie with haddock, prawns, mussels and broccoli. Not to be overshone, the puddings feature spiced pineapple carpaccio and lemon sorbet and pecan pie and maple bacon ice cream.

And the beauty of The Kitty Hawk is that if neither the restaurant or the Back Room have what you’re after, you’ll probably find it in The Bar. The Bar, a separate area to The Back Room, is  open day and night all week and serves a selection of craft beers, along with artisanal spirits and cocktails which include Negronis made at The Kitty Hawk and served in bottles and barrel aged for up to 5 months. Other cocktails available include Mezcal and Pink Peppercorn Margarita and the bar will also serve a selection of £5 cocktails including Kitty HawkCosmo, Classic Mojito, Margarita, Whisky Sour and a Bramble.

In the morning the wine bar will transform into a coffee bar, a hangout for weary City workers seeking respite, then between 5pm and 11pm Tuesday to Friday (and until midnight on Wednesday and Thursday) The Back Room bar comes into its own.

Just a short walk from Moorgate, Kitty Hawk is growing and adding even more reason to head down there. We definitely think it’s a flyer.

The Back Room at Kitty Hawk is open now and taking Christmas and private hire bookings