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Il Cudega, 358 Westgate Street, E8

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 Italy running from the Alps to the Po Valley. The name in the Milanese dialect means pork scratching: they take […]


Rudie’s, 50 Stoke Newington Road, N1

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 provides the soundtrack and Caribbean classic dishes are given a fresh and modern spin. Jerk is key to the menu, […]


Posh Club, St Paul’s West Hackney

On stage, a strapping Nigerian man in a dress, huge falsies and a wig booms out a show-stopping rendition of “Old Man River”, while his rapt audience, a diverse crowd of over-60s, dolled up to the nines, warmly sing along. Simon Casson, the event’s creator, […]


Gayhurst Community School, E8

  With 600 small and demanding diners to feed in an hour each lunchtime, Nicole Pisani has her work cut out for her. Her previous job as head chef at Ottolenghi’s restaurant Nopi had its pressures, but Gayhurst Primary School is her biggest challenge yet. […]

Kaffa Coffee

Coffee in Hackney

Hackney has undergone a massive transition in terms of its coffee consumption in the last few years. Eat Hackney recently dreamily recounted to me a time when it was nigh on impossible to get a decent cup of the stuff here.  Imagine! Now, you can’t […]


POND Dalston, Stamford Works, 3 Gillett Street N16

Hawaiian restaurant POND Dalston is a visual knock out, taking a Victorian warehouse and shaking it up with an elongated bar, red leather booths that mimic volcanoes, paper pineapples and a cardboard shark. All this plus warm and attentive service that smacks of island hospitality. […]


Dalston Cola

There’s nothing more relentless than January. Especially under the self-inflicted sentence of sobriety so many of us are currently serving. Having bumped the month along on the proverbial wagon, Drink Hackney was very happy to discover Hackney Wick’s soft-drinks producer Dalston Cola, a rather lovely […]

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Bags of Taste cooking classes

Eat Hackney has been up in Stokey at the community hub that is St Paul’s church hall to meet Bags of Taste. This is a new not-for-profit organisation run by Alicia Weston, who is the force behind the fundraising Parkholme Supper Club. Alicia has plenty […]

Flying ducks

Ruby’s, 76 Stoke Newington Rd N16

It was a dreary Wednesday evening in Stoke Newington when Drink Hackney met Eat Hackney, in search of a tipple to add a little sparkle to our night. The drizzle followed us up past the Rio cinema, the pound shops, barbers and Turkish stores, to […]

Taking a break

Forty Hall Vineyard, Enfield, EN2

If finding out that London had its own commercial-scale vineyard wasn’t enough of a heartwarming surprise, discovering that it required a journey to a how-have-I-not-heard-of-that-before train station named Turkey Street* moved it straight to the top of Drink Hackney’s must-do list. The 25min hop from […]