Food: The Diner, Spitalfields

There’s something so nice about good ol’ fashioned diner food, isn’t there? Wings, burgers, shakes – I don’t indulge often, but when I do I always enjoy the tastes and flavours on offer. The Diner is quite the fave in our social circle, so when I was approached to do a review and to check out some of the offerings on their new All American Menu, I was delighted to accept the mission.

The things I do for blogging. 😉

After salivating over the options on offer, Matthew and I popped along on Sunday to their Spitalfields location. I love that part of town, especially at the weekend when the markets are on, and it meant we visited at a busy, full time – I love seeing restaurants at full tilt. We arrived and were quickly seated in a comfy corner booth.

A quick note on the menu: I love it. I’m a bit of a typography nerd and I loved all the fonts and colours used! I also think it’s great that while there has been a shake-up of the menu, they have also allowed for some dishes to come through the change, and for others to be available on request!

While we perused the menu we ordered a couple of Big Wave beers from Kona. These bad boys always remind me of Hawaii!

To start Matthew had the Bacon Jalapeno Tater Tots which he loved – they were spicy, tasty little morsels! 

I went for the hot wings with blue cheese sauce. They were really tasty, but my small portion was vast – I was grateful I hadn’t opted for the large! My Pizza Club lovelies will also be pleased to hear that I managed half a dozen of these spicy delights (I can be a bit of a heat wuss!), and Matthew happily helped me out with the rest.

For mains we stuck to the classic burger and fries combo – Matthew went for the new Arch burger (burger-pulled pork-Monterey Jack cheese) and I selected the DCB (fried chicken-bacon-Monterey Jack cheese). Matthew had the cajun Diner fries and I went for an order of the chilli cheese fries.

To enjoy alongside our mains, we went for it and had milkshakes too! Matthew had the True Blue hard shake – a gorgeous pale blue drink with vanilla ice cream, blueberries and amaretto. I had the Snickers milkshake (chocolate ice cream, Nutella,  peanut butter and maple syrup), and made it a hard shake with a kick of bourbon! I love how at The Diner you can make changes to the drinks and meals with no trouble – additions and subtractions were easily and swiftly handled.

Matthew thoroughly enjoyed his Arch burger, and I loved the DCB – my go-to at The Diner is the (excellent) taco salad, but I was very glad I ordered different options this time around!

After wings, burger and half an order of chilli cheese fries I was stuffed, so I had a coffee while Matthew took one for the team and had an NYC Cheesecake Sundae – this was a creamy, sweet delight!

I got to take my dessert to-go, however, and enjoyed a slice of the Cookies and Cream cake at home later that evening (about eight hours after our substantial lunch!).

We had such a lovely visit to The Diner – it’s a fun place to get together and the menu is full of interesting, tasty fare. The staff were all very helpful and clearly work well as a team; they were friendly, welcoming and charming throughout our visit. As ever I was spying on other tables and they received exactly the same level of service and as warm a welcome as we did. There was a table of hungover guys near us that I thought were going to hug the waitress when she delivered their burgers and fries!

If you’re looking for a tasty, filling meal in a fun spot, The Diner is a great shout. We’ll be back again soon.

The Diner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: I was invited along to The Diner to try some menu items. Our food and drinks were complimentary. All opinions my own (or Matthew’s!).


  1. Mellissa Williams
    3rd November 2016 / 8:20 am

    My son would love this restaurant. We love the US and this looks like a really authentic diner

  2. Amanda
    3rd November 2016 / 10:06 am

    We definitely had a great minds blog alike moment today! x

  3. Hannah Latoya Bond
    3rd November 2016 / 10:56 am

    I love diners, those wings look very tasty x

  4. Jasmin Booth
    3rd November 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Yum! Your photos look awesome!!

  5. Elodie
    3rd November 2016 / 1:11 pm

    Love The Diner! I remember their Soho brand being the first place I ever went to with friends when I first moved to London. Their chilli cheese fries are just so good!- Elodie

  6. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    3rd November 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Oh my goodness that food looks absolutely delicious a really comfort food fest 😉 x

  7. Jo Wiggins
    3rd November 2016 / 3:06 pm

    I love a good old classic diner! We have a brilliant one near us. You cant go wrong with milkshakes and burgers x

  8. Lilinha Angel
    3rd November 2016 / 10:29 pm

    What a delicious meal. The sundae looks divine! 🙂

  9. Melanies Fab Finds
    3rd November 2016 / 11:00 pm

    This looks great and I've been craving burgers recently so it's got got be a sign. I must try it out!

  10. beautyqueenuk
    4th November 2016 / 7:33 pm

    Havent been to this one but I do love the Hungry Man breakfast at the Camden Diner x

  11. Stephanie Merry
    5th November 2016 / 2:43 pm

    This sounds like my kind of place! I'll have to check it out next time I'm in Spitalfields x

  12. The London Mum
    6th November 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Looks delicious! Those milkshakes and that beer- I'm totally craving it all now!

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