Food & Drink

Review: Number 90 – Hackney Wick

Review: Number 90 – Hackney Wick

Hackney Wick is cool. Well, we all know that. I was just reminded recently as I cycled through it, en route to one of the many new gastronomic hot spots in the area. It was one of the warmest Sundays we’ve had so far this year and I kept having that fuzzy, wonderful feeling of […]








JD Wetherspoon ordered to stop serving food after cockroaches found

JD Wetherspoon ordered to stop serving food after cockroaches found

JD Wetherspoon, Baxters Court, Hackney has been issued with a court order to stop making and serving food after Hackney Council environmental health officers found cockroaches in the kitchen. On 12 February, Stratford Magistrates Court issued a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order, prohibiting the preparation and cooking of food at Baxters Court J D Wetherspoon, 282 […]








Restaurant Review: Ivy’s Mess Hall – Dalston

Restaurant Review: Ivy’s Mess Hall – Dalston

Oh dear East London there is no end to your gastronomic surprises. As I headed down to another culinary adventure on Kingsland Road I was somewhat apprehensive about what I was going to experience. As you know, Dalston is rammed full of new restaurants, bars, cafes and pop ups, and while a lot of the […]








Burns Night – East London style

Burns Night – East London style

It’s not everyday that you’re welcomed by a kilted piper at a night out in Hackney Central, so I have to confess, arriving at the grand exterior of the St. John’s of Hackney church and greeted by the sound of the pipes cutting through the night’s silence made me feel a tad regal. Nice start. […]








Bar Review: Little Red Staircase, Shoreditch

Bar Review: Little Red Staircase, Shoreditch

The Little Red Staircase capitalizes on the Hackneyite’s – and by extension the Shoreditchised Londoner’s – fondness for the strip of homely, inexpensive and frankly delicious Vietnamese eateries that line the Kingsland Road. And when I say capitalize, I mean capital ‘S’ for Saigon, as in the barely postcolonial feel of this ‘micro’ cocktail bar […]








East London Supper Clubs: “Back in 5 minutes”

East London Supper Clubs: “Back in 5 minutes”

So what is the strangest location you have ever dined in? I never stray too far from the traditional restaurant setting. Walk in, check reservation, get seated, order, eat, you know the drill (except when the sun is shining in those 10 days a year in London, then a good food market does the trick). […]








Newington Green has its own weekly food market

Newington Green has its own weekly food market

And so it came to pass, on a miserable, wet Sunday, you know, one of those that Londoners relish or despise. The debut  of Newington Green Market, the latest addition to the area’s weekly markets was launched. Did I mention the launch fell on a wet, horrible Sunday? I think I did. You see, I […]








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