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The ‘rus in urbe’ experience at Hackney City Farm’s scruffy café Frizzante has gone down a storm with east London’s crunchy mamas & their broods. There’s a menu for the ‘young farmers’ – spag
bol, eggs on toast & the like – plus a more tantalising blackboard of specials for the grown-ups. Non-breeders are welcome too, but they may want to bring earplugs & vast reserves of
patience. The kitchen has a strong Italian leaning, so it’s worth trying the pappardelle with lamb ragù or gnocchetti sardi, however strong the pull of a ‘big farm breakfast’ with eggs freshly laid
by the farms’ own hens. Every Thursday, the barn-like space (with its peeling paintwork & dodgy artworks) is miraculously transformed into an atmospheric live music & ‘agriturismo’ dinner
venue, when marinated poussin with peperonata, asparagus soup, & Italian cheese with mostarda, lure in locals for a hoedown, Italian-style.
If you find yourself in the East End at a loose end, visit Hackney City Farm. There are your typical farmyard characters to visit (great to amuse small children), fresh produce to buy and if you’re more my way inclined, then you’ll be most enticed by the option of a homespun breakfast.Frizzante, the cafes that lies within the farm also has residency at the other 2 city farms (that I know of) – Surrey Docks Farm in Rotherhithe and Mudchute Farm on the Isle of Dogs...
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