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Cocktail shaker

Sweetdram at the Geffrye Museum

The herb garden behind the Geffyre Museum looks, with its artful foliage arches and dense herb beds, as if it has been around for a couple of hundred years. In fact it’s a relatively new creation, planted as a homage to the area’s now vanished […]

my neighbours the dumplings

my neighbours the dumplings, 165 Lower Clapton Road, E5

For a blissful two months in Clapton this spring, my neighbours the dumplings actually were Eat Hackney’s neighbours. Living across the road, Eat Hackney shopped at Palm 2, browsed for vinyl in Lion Records, and downed dumplings in this delightful wee place. It’s the creation […]

Dusty Knuckle

The Dusty Knuckle, Abbott Street car park, E8

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 bakery – selling some of the best sandwiches in the borough – was set up by Max Tobias and friends […]

40 ft Tap Room

40ft Brewery, 3 Abbot Street E8

“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 small-but-perfectly-formed brewery. Referring to the four founders of this year-old operation, he recounts the story of how this innovative company […]

Pirate Garden

Hackney Pirates garden, E8

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 a pirate ship in the heart of Dalston, we couldn’t help but notice that the yard just… wasn’t very nice. […]

Savoy

The Savoy, Strand WC2

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 had to investigate. Unperturbed by the daunting omnibus journey into town, Eat Hackney and I grabbed our best hats and […]

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane E8

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 that cuts through the borough collides with gritty Dalston Lane. Energetic and a tad edgy, it’s not the most relaxing […]

Ceramic

Rochester Castle, 145 Stoke Newington High Street, N16

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. Intrigued by their empire expansion, outspoken founder and unique interior design, we set out to discover the oldest of them […]

Window

Gallo Nero, 75 Stoke Newington High St, N16

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 foil-wrapped Baci chocolates, Parma hams hang from the ceiling, bowls gleam with sundried tomatoes and sticky candied peel, the scent […]

Black tea

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

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 & Proper Tea. Having started out selling brews from a cute Citroën-H van and raising cash through crowdfunding campaigns, founder […]