Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Dove, Hackney

We stumbled across The Dove on Broadway Market last week and felt like we'd discovered a hidden local gem. The deceptively large pub couldn't be more inviting, filled with old wooden furniture and vintage lamps, and jovial crowds around the bar. The Belgian-inspired menu contained British classics such as my delicious fish pie, as well as Belgian twists like the Flemish beef stew cooked with Bruges Zot Brune, and an Antwerp seafood stew in a creamy sauce. In a very non London fashion, the prices are more than reasonable - mains come in at £10-£12, with steak being the most expensive option at £15.95. A glass of very decent house wine, if I remember correctly, will cost you a little under £4.

Their homemade sausages sound like reason enough to make a return visit - I think I'll be trying the wild boar with apple, marinaded in blonde beer. The roasts also are "legendary" apparently, and I imagine it gets booked up fast as the cosy atmosphere is very conducive to a Sunday afternoon of meat grazing.

Anyway, it turns out it's got quite the reputation and is always packed, even more so since celebs like Katy Perry have been spotted hanging out there. So we didn't exactly discover a hidden gem, but certainly a favourite new eatery in the East end.

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