AFTER A STUMBLE or two, Farr’s School of Dancing is to open late next month as a pub. Named for the dance school at the Dalston Lane E8 3DF building in the 1930s, it will, says Antic, the pub company that owns the Clapton Hart, serve “locally brewed and sourced craft beer, ales and ciders” in the main bar on the ground floor.
On the first floor the Farr’s kitchen will not open until a few months after the pub’s launch, when it will offer “a British menu both for dining and light snacking”.
Farr’s will occupy three floors and have “beautiful” high ceilings, wooden floors, and original features, including vintage furnishings with pre-war touches.
The “British boozer and bar”, as it repetitiously describes itself, is 100m from Dalston Junction station and the under-construction Premier Inn, in right of picture above, making it well placed for the influx of south Londoners and east Asian tourists drawn to the area by its improving transport links.
The pub aims to offer music and arts events in the basement, which would fit well with Hackney council’s concept of a cultural quarter centred on the Arcola Theatre.
Hamish Scott 161013
* Backstory: the Clapton Hart
* Farr’s School of Dancing, 17 Dalston Lane, Hackney E8 3DF. Opening November 2013, 4pm-midnight. Disabled lavatory.
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