The Bike Shed in Shoreditch is a motorbike enthusiasts dream. Housed under the arches off Old Street, is a club and membership based hub for lovers of all things bikes. You can roll up, park and chat in the exclusive parking space to the side or drop in for some grills and beer.
The Bike Shed as a brand has a huge following, staging events, hosting meets, organising rides and generally keeping this niche community up to “speed” on everything two-wheeled and power-driven.
Setting up home in Shoreditch at this fitting site is a win for them, because there is so much space to build on the social aspect of this club. Yes it is a bar and restaurant, but it is also a shop with biker gear galore and some pretty impressive bikes on display centre stage, as well as a barbershop.
We were lured in by a bona fide member and even as motorcycle virgins, we were impressed with our surroundings. As our group of five sat down, we scanned the menu which was full of good hearty dishes. As we were quite a big group, I will break down the food and courses.
Me! Chicken liver pate. This is a fave of mine and I was not disappointed. Smooth, creamy, livery (if that is even a word) and bang tasty smothered on crispy bread. For main course, chicken breast wrapped in parma ham on a bed of parsnip puree and kale, with red wine jus. Lush!
Others, for starters dishes ranged from goats cheese salad, ham hock croquettes and chicken drumsticks. Main course options were the big ass burger piled high with cheese, bacon, onion rings and salad! Succulent chicken burger with onion rings, celeriac and radish slaw. Burgers were served with chunky chips. One of my companions went for the chicken breast in parma ham as I did, and finally our fifth diner had Cumberland sausages with mash and yummy gravy. This gorgeous grub was washed down with one of the best old fashioneds’ I have had. Others also went hard-core with gin and tonics or mojitos.
All in all, the food was great! The place whilst not busy on this particular night, still had a buzz to it. Our waiting staff were so sweet and friendly. The only negative was the Manager who was really ripping into them at every opportunity, for no reason we could see. I get it, sometimes team members need to be taken to task, but in front of customers, really? Not cool.
This did not spoil our evening, but we were so sympathetic to those guys who were really working the room well and keeping everyone happy from what we could see. A little advice, staff morale is key to your success, someone give that Manager a chill pill.
Anyways, big Love to the Bike Shed!
The Bike Shed
384 Old Street