The Dusty Knuckle, Abbott Street car park, E8

Dusty Knuckle

Round the back of Bootstrap and Café OTO there’s a grey-blue shipping container where The Dusty Knuckle are turning sourdough to social gain. This compact […]

40ft Brewery, 3 Abbot Street E8

40 ft Tap Room

“A German, two Swedes and an Irishman walk into a bar…” chuckles Ben Ott, head brewer of 40ft, as he starts our tour of his […]

Hackney Pirates garden, E8

Pirate Garden

Early in 2015 Eat Hackney visited the Hackney Pirates literacy charity to write a blog post. Impressed by their strange but effective vision of mooring […]

The Savoy, Strand WC2

Savoy

As fervent enthusiasts for celebrating our borough, when whispers reached us at Hackney Towers that the Savoy was serving up Hackney-inspired cocktails, we knew we […]

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane E8

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Think Dalston, and your first thought probably isn’t green space. Dalston Junction is one of the borough’s busiest crossings, where the arrow-straight former Roman road […]

Rochester Castle, 145 Stoke Newington High Street, N16

Ceramic

Wetherspoons has been making waves of late. Often cited as the ultimate in pub blandness, it’s the chain’s peculiarities that have been garnering recent press. […]

Gallo Nero, 75 Stoke Newington High St, N16

Window

For anyone who has spent time in Italy, the foodie clutter of Gallo Nero is charmingly familiar. Fat rounds of parmesan sit alongside piles of […]

Good & Proper Tea, The Bower, 211 Old Street, EC1

Black tea

Just a step off the grind of Old Street roundabout, tucked into the rather suited-and-booted-looking Bower development, a tranquil revolution is bubbling away at Good […]

Il Cudega, 358 Westgate Street, E8

Coffee machine

Il Cudega is a first for Hackney, and probably for London too: a café/wine bar/deli specialising in food from Lombardy, the generous sweep of northern […]

Rudie’s, 50 Stoke Newington Road, N1

Albums

There’s no Caribbean kitsch at new Jamaican restaurant Rudie’s, where elegant wooden columns subtly mimic the shape of palm trees, a cool collection of vinyl […]