Fugitive Motel interior © Fugitive Motel

Review: Fugitive Motel

You needn’t check in to Fugitive Motel to check it out, as the ‘motel’ part of its moniker is just for show – it’s actually a new craft beer bar and kitchen which opened this summer in Bethnal Green.

A stone’s throw from the V&A Museum of Childhood, the open-plan space includes a café, co-working space, bar and pizzeria, although it feels more like a bar than anything else. Decorated like a 1950s motel from the west coast of the USA, it has photographs of roadside motels on the walls and plants hanging from the ceiling.

On warmer evenings, you can drink outside at the front or in The Yard at the back, which is adjacent to the railway arches.

Fugitive Motel pizza © Fugitive Motel

The venue serves pastries and speciality coffee from local roaster partner Climpson & Sons, sourdough pizza and 14 craft beers from east London breweries and abroad. Of these, many have a low or no-alcohol content, aimed at a health-conscious crowd. You can also opt for kombucha on tap, natural wines or, for something stronger, an Aperol spritz or Martini Prosecco.

Co-founders David Burgess and Liam Tolan (from the indie bands The Brights and The Light Assembly) curate the playlist, so expect a chilled ambience in the day and upbeat tunes at night.

The pizza lounge is at the back – we tried the bestseller, The Smokey One, made with ’nduja and chorizo. The pizzeria has a double-height ceiling, concrete floor and booths with ‘vacancy’ lights which you turn on or off depending on whether you’d like others to join you.

There’s also a shuffleboard around the corner. The co-founders plan to create a community league board, which is handy if you’re a repeat visitor or regularly here on business.

199 Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 0EL
020-3974 4455 | 

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