AT LAST, Dalston may be getting a restaurant worthy of the name. The need to go up to Stoke Newington or down the Ditch has been a drag for Dalstoners — now a pub restaurant may be bringing good dining to E8.
The chosen venue — a vaguely art deco building in a Victorian terrace may look unlikely — but the site, at E8 3DF, near Dalston Junction rail and bus stops, is promising.
It will be called Farr’s School of Dancing after a long-lost facility and will serve “English food”, albeit “with a twist ” and, says Fi Collett of the pub company Antic, “whenever possible locally sourced, organic and free-range”. Sounds as though Hackney’s notoriously picky foodies, even the vegetarians may be able to eat there.
Antic describes itself as “a pub company with a difference” that can take “the ordinary and make it extraordinary, while keeping a “back to basics approach” and offering in its 20 pubs “some of the best entertainment that London has to offer”. Back to basics? Not, umm, discipline, surely? Marketing people sure get carried away.
Work is due to start on the building soon because Antic wants to open the pub in the summer. Last week crowds spilt into the street near Clapton roundabout when Antic reopened a handsome old pub, the Clapton Hart at E5 8EG that had been derelict for years.
David Altheer 171112
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