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Named after the first steam train to run on the old East London line (under which it is housed), Beagle is a confidently casual neighbourhood restaurant flanked by a spacious bar and daytime coffee
shop. Occupying three soaring railway arches, the snappy interior transports diners straight to New York’s hip Lower East Side – think grey-leather seating, reclaimed industrial lights and dulled
mirrors. Owners Danny Clancy (founder of Bonnie Gull) and his brother Kieran have recruited James Ferguson (ex-Rochelle Canteen) to run the open kitchen, and the compact menu brims with seasonal
ingredients: feather-light beef-shin tortelli dotted with buttered peas; sparklingly fresh lemon sole with monk’s beard and crisp cucumber; a juicy slice of pork belly with crackling and
herb-flecked borlotti beans. Meanwhile, British beers, knock-out cocktails and wines by the carafe are perfect for sipping on the south-facing terrace. Service is smiley, subtle and self-assured.
Expect the unexpected from new Hoxton resident, Beagle. Located under the station arches, it’s far too polished for this hipster hood. I went there on a Sunday expecting a relaxed brunch menu, not an egg to be cracked. And perhaps the most shocking, where is the beagle hiding?...
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Sometimes I wonder whether the restaurant scene in East London is driven by a flicker minded dining crowd chasing the frontier of hipness. Having an catchy concept seems to be what keeps many eateries alive and sadly the food often becomes second priority. In this regard Beagle has hit the right balance. While not having a tangible “concept” its style is well defined by the warm tone of the chairs and tables in dark wood within the naked brick walls of a few railway arches next to Hoxton Overground station. The well groomed and friendly staff are not too cool to care which contributes to the comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. Last and most important, the food doesn’t disappoint...
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The building is two large arches, sexy lighting and brilliant acoustics (seriously). It’s not often I notice the dimensions of a restaurant’s roof, but this one is perfect. Feng Shui nirvana. The height of the ceilings are as perfect as you can get for a restaurant (I looked it up).We had a drink at the bar before sitting down and were impressed. Craft beer lovers in particlar will be pleased. Cocktails I’m told were very special and punchy...
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Beagle has a bar area, serving cocktails and British craft beers, whose main attraction is what the Standard review calls “a secret weapon” (mixologist Myles Davies, formerly at Hix and Viajante) and a restaurant with about 40-50 covers, run by head chef James Ferguson (you may remember him from Rochelle Canteen)...
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Restaurant Beagle, named after one of the old trains that used to run in the Hoxton area, offers a very exciting East London dining proposition. We first encountered Beagle at the Feast festival earlier this year, when they hadn’t officially opened yet, and we were seriously impressed...
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