This month, Bethnal Green will gain a new French neighbourhood bar, headed up by the former head bartender of the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, Chris Moore. Making a home for itself on the ground floor of a 160-year old building which was formerly The Albion pub, Coupette will be making use of lesser-known ingredients such as calvados, cidre and poiré.
Designed around the six borders of France known as the French hexagon, the cocktail menu will draw inspiration from the heritage of art, fashion, design and craftmanship in French culture. Keeping to the theme of six, the menu is illustrated by artist Joe Wilson and is based on six French antagonists with each section including six drinks. Influencers include Edwige Belmore, the Paris queen of punk and Le Corbusier, one of the forerunners of modern architecture.
Let’s get to the actual drinks though, signature drinks include Apples made from Calvados mixed with cold-pressed apple juice; a Truffled White Negroni and a Champagne Pina Colada. Accompanying it will be a French wine list, which will champion natural wines and less recognised varieties of grapes. Chef James Allen Thompson (City Social and Corner Room) will be heading up the kitchen and serving up French classics such as chicken liver parfait with crispy skin and seasonal chutney; confit duck leg with orange glazed salsify and whole roasted lamb shoulder served with wild garlic and baby gem. There’ll also be a whole section dedicated just to croque monsieurs; as well as traditional offerings of ham hock and Gruyere, there will also be more adventurous options of truffled creamed leeks and confit salmon; Lyonnaise onions and Gruyere and Merguez sausage and pipperade.
Throughout the week, breakfast will a be a simple affair of coffee and freshly baked pastries, whilst at the weekend they’ll be giving your usual brunch dishes a French twist. The Full French Breakfast will be made up of local sausages, oven-baked eggs, confit tomato, Lyonnaise onions and bouin noir; there’ll also be toasted baguette with truffle scrambled eggs and smoked eels and your smashed avocado on toast will be served with peas, mint, radishes and poached eggs.
Come the Autumn they’ll launch a Calvados Club, where French producers will come to London to host unique tastings in the bar.
Coupette: Opens June 2017, 423 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AN, www.coupette.co.uk