Located within a few minutes walk from Shoreditch Park and New North Road, these are some of the best hidden gems of Hoxton…

The Barge House

The Barge House is a great little waterside venue, a best kept secret of Hackney’s locals. Located on Regent’s Canal, about a fifteen minute walk from Broadway Market in the direction of Islington. Or ten minutes from New North Road in the direction of Victoria Park.

In the summer, the semi-open air feel is perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon – turn up for brunch and coffee and stay for a cocktail or two, all while watching the world go by along the canal – it feels just like being on holiday. Open for breakfast and lunch, the food is carefully sourced and expertly prepared, all chic takes on brunch classics including haddock and fennel fishcakes, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and bavette steak sandwiches.

But the real draw is The Barge House’s famous Breakfast in Bread. They take a freshly baked sough dough loaf and load it with your choice of breakfasty deliciousness, from bacon and eggs to roast veggies, chorizo and chilli mushrooms. Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 – 5pm. Booking essential.

Find out more and book a table on The Barge House website HERE

Waterhouse Restaurant

The Waterhouse Restaurant offers a fantastic (and very reasonably priced) breakfast and lunch menu alongside a great wine list. For fussy eaters and those of us on diets, you can also mix and match proteins (such as jerk chicken or teriyaki salmon) with sides such as sweet potato or salad.

The best thing about The Waterhouse Restaurant is that it isn’t just a restaurant, it’s a social enterprise. Set up by the Shoreditch Trust in 2008, the Waterhouse offer inclusive training opportunities to young people. They are dedicated to giving young adults opportunities and reducing social and economic disadvantage by working with people including care leavers, and others struggling under personal or financial circumstances. Staff can train for careers as chefs, or in other areas of hospitality, all while earning more than London Living Wage.

Make a booking on their website HERE

Draughts

Are you a fan of board games? Whether you’re into Catan, 7 Wonders, or if you prefer an oldie classic like Connect4 or Monopoly, you’ll find them all at Draughts, London’s first board game café.

Located just off the Kingsland Basin on Regent’s Canal (as well as another venue in Waterloo) you’ll find big social tables and super knowledgeable staff (great for shutting down that friend who likes to make up their own rules).

For food and drink the offer includes tasty nibbles such as Korean chicken and lobster mac and cheese bites, as well as great burgers. And true to form for Hackney you can expect a great selection of craft beers as well as wines and cocktails. Advance to Go!

Find out more and book a table on their website HERE

Arepa and Co

Try something different at Arepa & Co, the canal side restaurant that wants to convert London to Venezuelan cuisine. Think cornbread, black beans, fried plantain, avocado, cassava, shredded beef, pork loin and roasted vegetables.

Brunch has some dishes you might not have tried before, such as breakfast criollo (Venezuala’s fry up!), tajadas (crispy fried plantain with cheese and spring onion) and pastelitos (beef turnovers with salsa verde). And if you’re not feeling very adventurous you can opt for smashed avocado.

The interiors are chilled and stylish, with an industrial vibe and plenty of greenery.

Find out more and book a table on their website HERE

The Narrowboat

A great little bistro pub with canal side balcony seating. Top quality pub grub, including fantastic roasts on Sunday.

The interiors are bright ans spacious, great for a big family meal or a chilled out Sunday afternoon with friends.

They also host occasional classy events including wine tasting.

Located next to Regent’s Canal and a five minute walk from Shoreditch Park.

Take a look at the menus and book and table on their website HERE

So it’s the New Year again. Whether your resolution is to pull off a dry January, to try veganism, to lose some weight, or just to eat a little bit better, we’ve found the best healthy places to grab a bite (and a drink) across East London…

The Hive, Cambridge Heath Road

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Specialising in organic nourishing foods and cold pressed juices, The Hive on Cambridge Heath Road is the ideal location for your New Year detox. And if you’re not doing dry January, they also have a curated selection of fantastic wines and craft beers (also available to take away).

MOTHER Works, Here East, Stratford

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At MOTHER Works it’s all about plant-based organic produce that’s sustainable, nourishing and delicious. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the smoothie menu is the real hook – with a huge selection of tasty healthy treats including vegan Cookie Dough and Mint Choc Chip smoothies and fruity creations like the Berry Blast Off and the Galactic Detox.

Apres Food Co, Clerkenwell

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We all get those comfort food cravings, especially when we’re trying to eat right. At Apres Food, they want to prove that eating tasty, filling and comforting meals doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Top quality cooked breakfasts, and yummy cereals, alongside cold pressed juices and brilliant cakes – you can treat yourself without wrecking your diet!

Cub, Hoxton

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At Cub in Hoxton they focus on sustainability, so you can rest assured that you’re doing good while you’re eating good stuff. Their menu is creatively different, with the set menu offering a mix of food and drinks (and some courses that are both at once!) with tasty booze-free options also available.

 

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