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.
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