Dalston foodies may soon be able to eat out locally

Restaurant site 17 Dalston Lane, Lon E8 3DF, Mau
Clapton Hart PH in Hackney London May 2012
Antic’s Clapton Hart and, top, the new site

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.

Encouragingly for publicans, another (not Antic-owned) pub that relaunched in Hackney last winter, the Three Compasses, has already found itself in the top 5 of a survey of local pubs.

David Altheer 171112

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4 thoughts on “Dalston foodies may soon be able to eat out locally

  1. How apt; the Grim Reaper walking past the front door in the photo.

    At last. Thought nobody was going to spot that. As to the meaning of the symbolism… — Ed.

  2. Clearly, the person who wrote this article doesn’t know Dalston very well… Dalston has some EXCELLENT restaurants and eateries, and I would never think of heading to Shoreditch for food (overpriced, low-quality or just plain ordinary in my book). There has, of course, been an invasion of all-show-no-substance Ditch-type venues opening in Dalston as of late, so if you refer to those then, yeah, agreed.

    It was I who wrote the article. I overlooked the famous Mangal(s), but as to the rest, let’s be having ’em. — Ed.

  3. This has to be positive, although where will smokers be accommodated? I would be concerned about road safety if they spilt on to Dalston Lane. Would this development support the Eastern Curve Garden? You can’t argue if they provide an affordable Sunday roast.

    Antic seems smarter than big pub chains and I believe it has some ideas for accommodating the cigaratti. Space at the building’s rear could be used. It would be wretched if puffters had to gather at the mural. Who’d want that paved space covered in butts and discarded glasses? — Ed

  4. Antic also runs the White Hart in Stoke Newington High Street N16 8EL.
    and, fair play to this company, it does a grand job. Now, how about taking over the empty Fitzgeralds on Lower Clapton Road? Antic would turn it around in a fortnight.

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