It seems some of Hackney’s hippest hangouts have been labelled pretentious recently, but this isn’t just a change we’ve seen with recent gentrification. We’ve learnt there were pretentious hipster hangouts in the 1800s too. In August 1883 William Buckley was refused entry to the exclusive Hackney Road United Radical Club, and as a result attempted to set fire to the building whilst 250 people were attending a ball.
Rita’s started out as a travelling pop-up, appearing in its first form at Birthdays on Stoke Newington. Now in a permanent location, or permanent as far as we know, Rita’s is located in the heart of Hackney on Mare Street. The menu is an eclectic mix with dishes of South American and Asian influence, but its veins are very much rooted in North American comfort food.
Named after a delicious cured meat, Lardo is an Italian hot spot in the heart of Hackney. Not only is the produce they buy in of the utmost importance, many of their ingredients are made in-house or by small producers, including all their pastas, cheeses such as curds and ricotta and their own range of charcuterie where the pigs and the recipes are exclusive to the restaurant.
Rawduck is the little sibling of Ducksoup in Soho. Open for coffee & breakfast, lunch & cake, dinner & wine (not forgetting a satisfying weekend brunch) Rawduck is an all day food and wine shop-come-bar.
Located in the old railway station at Hackney Central is Oslo, a food, drink and music venue with a 3am license. Oslo will offer food and drink alongside an exciting music programme in a redeveloped railway station.
The menu by Head Chef Dave Ahern (House of Wolf and Burger Breakout) offers modern interpretations of classic East End dishes as well as cured, smoked and pickled dishes celebrated in Nordic cuisine alongside an exciting music programme.
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