Beagle 1

397-400 Geffrye Street , London, E2 8HZ

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SquareMeal Review of Beagle

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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Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 7.5

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

dan n. 08 August 2016

I visited Beagle for Brunch on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The restaurant was busy but not overcrowded and we sat in the window next to the outdoor space. The service was excellent and staff were very helpful. Nice choice of specials - I went for the crab!! The atmosphere is very cool and relaxed with natural light filling the whole space. Would love to check this place out later in the evening for drinks so definitely will be making another visit soon!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

phillip r. 26 October 2015

Beagle is now a few years old and has settled in nicely. A relaxed atmosphere, a simple good and changing menu executed well.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Piers T. 19 May 2014

Simple, unpretentious but bang on the money seasonal, British fare full of flavour and served with panache. We went for our anniversary and my husband paid it the highest compliment by saying “Everything we had I would like to try cooking and eating at home”. Apart from the coffee, which was a bit bitter, apparently. Service was friendly and courteous but a little sluggish and chaotic – other than that, this is a very solid, reliable choice if you want a moderately buzzy contemporary restaurant that won't cost the earth or be saddled with too much vogueish East London hipsterish twaddle.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Kate B. bronze reviewer 09 October 2013

As a group of four, we went there recently for a celebratory meal. The Bar area and its staff were very laid back, but the Restaurant staff were firmly on the ball. The food was great (highly recommend the Cauliflower soup with Stilton Croquettes), portion sizes hearty (side note – the ‘Queen of Puddings’ only really serves two if you're both already full from the previous courses!), and the Duck Fat Chips superb. I look forward to coming back and experiencing the Brunch menu.


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