The eponymous Mr Buckley was an angry local who once set light to this building when it was a Victorian workingmen’s club, but modern wage slaves will find no reason to torch this diner-cum-cocktail joint, which is tailor-made for East End tastes. Breakfast morphs into brunch (served until 4pm) as famished crowds feed on duck egg and soldiers, pimped-up pancakes, muesli and porridge, crab cake Benedict and ‘skillets’ of eggs, potato, spinach, feta, tomatoes and pancetta. Later on, the culinary attractions could include tapas-sized lobster mac ’n’ cheese, nut-crusted lamb cutlets, roast poussin or wild mushroom on blue cheese polenta, followed by pistachio cheesecake, perhaps. There’s also a selection of inexpensive wines, cocktails and savoury nightcaps to explore – try bacon-infused, bourbon-based bloody Madison or gooseberry gin fizz until 2am in this moody, woody brick-walled duplex.
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