Reflecting the eclectic nature of E8, Hackney Central appeals to everyone from long-time locals to besuited newcomers, including the media hacks, dotcom entrepreneurs and young artists who’ve migrated here from neighbouring areas such as Hoxton and Islington.
Newly refurbished in an urban-industrial style Hackney Central (next to the new railway station, on the corner of Mare Street and Amhurst Road) has made a welcome addition to the burgeoning local social scene. The 72-seat restaurant is serving up creative, contemporary dishes drawing on traditional British and modern European cuisines, while the lunchtime menu includes a mature cheddar and oregano sandwhich every day for fuss-free lunching.
Drinks range from draft beer by the pint to Bellini cocktails and a well thought out wine list. Upstairs the lounge bar combines old and new, with the latest audio technology delivering cutting-edge sounds against the backdrop of a spacious interior with high-beamed ceilings and original arched windows, creating a laid-back atmosphere designed to attract a friendly crowd.