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Beagle

Located under the Hoxton railway arches, this restaurant manages to retain all the best of a neighbourhood restaurant while delivering destination food & service.

 

On a Tuesday night the bar & restaurant was quiet but still had a nice intimate atmosphere. Having started with cocktails at Happiness Forgets we went straight to our table and ordered bread & butter to fend off hunger pains – the sourdough had an irresistible crust!

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To start we went for the special pickled herring served with surprisingly strong horseradish – you’ve been warned!

The purple sprouting broccoli with walnuts and grated Ashbrittle cheese was tasty but a large portion that could have been halved. I’d have loved a little more citrus in the dressing if I were to be picky.

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We ended up swapping our main courses! I ordered the Lamb with came juicy pink with grilled courgettes and a fresh green sauce, however I favoured the slow cooked melt in the mouth venison with celeariac mash and red wine gravy – divine! The side of duck fat chips were super crunchy.

 

Staff were very lovely and knowledgeable suggesting two full-bodied wines and offering tasters before I committed. I got a deliciously smooth carafe of the french cabernet syrah for a very reasonable £11.

 

Cocktails packed a punch. The Dutch Bullet with caraway, cacao, bitter chocolate & lemon was less desserty then it sounds and heavily seasoned with Cinnamon. The Apples & Rye cocktail, with whiskey, apple brandy, vermouth & bitters knocked our socks off!

 

We couldn’t quite manage dessert but those lovely waitresses bought us a chunky piece of hazelnut brownie that finished off the meal perfectly.

 

I’ll be returning on a bright sunny morning to try out the brunch menu on the lovely outside seating area.

 

http://www.beaglelondon.co.uk/
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