Camped in what was the Duke of York pub in De Beauvoir Town, kookily titled Brew & Que aims to bring the full-on Yankee barbecue experience to Hackney – complete with rough-hewn wood and Longhorn skulls on the walls. The ‘brew' side of things is dominated by an up-and-coming, on-site microbrewery (punningly named Beavertown), although the bar also has a fine stock of British and US ales – from draught Kernel to bottles of Chicago's Goose Island. ‘Que' is, of course, the last digit of BBQ – so expect down-home stuff, cooked in a specially imported smoker named Cookshack Fast Eddy. Pulled-pork sliders with KC sauce are a safe bet, but the ribs are the star turn – truly exceptional – and the choice extends to ribs, burgers and steaks, with sides of pit-smoked baked beans or mac and cheese. At weekends, an American-style brunch menu touts fry-ups, eggs Benedict, Popeye omelettes (with spinach) and griddle cakes.
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