Top 4: Stoke Newington Favourite Food Joints
Written by: Shanna Felicia
They’re not the fanciest, they’re not the smartest. They might not have Michelin stars, but they make up for it in pure vibes and enthusiasm. These restaurants have all been favourited by Stokey locals and boast relaxed atmospheres and smiley staff. Winner winner chicken dinner.
What’s the crack? Rubedo is a restaurant and a half. Dedicated to seasonal food and natural wine, everything that passes your lips comes with a wild story behind it. Several of the wines come from business partner Lorenzo’s family farm and you can taste the homemade dedication to quality. The atmosphere was classy yet laid back. Kind of like Nigella Lawson on holiday. I felt like the waiters really knew their fancy food and wine shit, without making you feel like a complete plonker. Despite the fact that I felt like I was in a high-class establishment and finally had my life together, it was pretty damn cheap.
What should I eat? Pretty much anything is a safe bet on the menu. Personal favourite is the cici fritti (crunchy fried chickpeas), pork crubeens and seasonal rhubarb Eton mess.
What should I drink? The unfiltered prosecco. Never before had I seen or tasted a prosecco like this, it was cloudy and really quite exciting. I finished off the meal with some of their natural limoncello, nothing like the cheap crap you normally get.
Best for… A posh date. You and bae are going steady now and you want to go somewhere to impress them/trick them into thinking you’re not a total skank.
Why it made the list: the dedication to wholesome, natural cuisine. They really put some thought into this one. Nice one.
What’s the crack? Literally every Stokey local I know lists Itto as one of their favourite restaurants. Asian fusion cuisine, done in a high-quality way with good service and sophisticated decor.
What should I eat? Anything is pretty much a safe bet on the menu, but my favourite is the spicy seafood soup and the summer rolls.
What should I drink? Fresh melon juice or go wild and have one of their exotic alcoholic beverages.
Best for… meals out with mates or Deliveroo that stuff right to your sofa.
Why it made the list: the food is literally more addictive than crack.
3. The Stoke Newington Tea House
What’s the crack? The Stoke Newington Tea House is a bit of a mish-mash of things. Strictly a pub, but think power clashing. Think of wearing your nan’s floral cardigan with a massive gold chain that would give any gangsta rapper a penis size complex. But that’s great, right? Not many places can you find a classic British pub atmosphere, decent food, a tea bible with 80 teas, cocktails, craft beer, a speakeasy wine and cheese cellar and an upstairs dedicated to tea making workshops.
What should I eat? The steaks are pretty darn good, or try the aubergine and goats cheese stack if you’re vegetarian.
What should I drink? The apple and elderflower green tea mojito. Tea AND alcohol? I feel like one of those classic, stylish, talented writers who’s sophisticated enough to have a signature drink. Who am I? Bukowski? Anais Nin? Hunter S. Thompson? Oh – false alert – I’m drunk. Heh heh. Who’s hat is this?
Best for? A casual second or third date. You’ve pulled this hottie and you want to impress with a nice atmosphere and seductive mood lighting. But you don’t want to go anywhere too fussy and make yourself look too keen, nor mispronounce the French cuisine – so not chill. You’re playing it cool like John Travolta in the first half of Grease.
Why it made the list: The sexy mood lighting and Japanese teapots. We’re a sucker for a teapot.
4. Suttons and Sons
What’s the crack? Ahh the classic fish and chip joint. The British stalwart. As humble as your grandad’s flat peak cap and greasier than Miss Trunchbull’s riding crop. Sutton and Sons smashes tradition and serves it up on a plate. What kind of fish and chip shop sells oysters and prosecco? A god damn good one, that’s what. It’s exciting and fancy without being try-hard trendy like some posh fish and chip joints.
What should I eat? The oysters – if you dare – or if raw fish makes your stomach turn try the tempura oysters. Surprisingly delicious. For the main try the lobster sub for lunch for something different or if you’re not feeling adventurous there’s always the classic fish and chip combo.
What should I drink? Craft beer or prosecco. Hiccup.
Best for… Taking the parents out when they pluck up the courage to come and visit you. Ply them with alcohol here so they don’t notice the state of your bedroom.
Why it made the list? The exciting posh seafood and laid back atmosphere.
Photos: all by Shanna Felicia except Itto and Suttons and Sons.
“He said, I know It’s only arctic roll but I like it like it yes I dooooo” Those are the lyrics right? Well this weekend they certainly are, at Kerb’s Guiltiest Pleasure in Kings Cross featuring an arctic roll of pure indulgence. Over Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July, the street food collective from your wildest dreams are hosting the most indulgent hits from all their pop ups at Granary Square.
Hivemind are coming to the Hen and Chickens Theatre this Summer with a cracker of an innovative show. Three directors try to win over the audience with improvised stories acted out by the rest of the Hivemind cast on the spur of the moment. As each scene ends you decide whether to “stick” and see where the story goes or “twist” and let the next director take over. The director who ends up with the least scenes acted out has to pay a ‘terrible forfeit’. Told you it was harsh.
We have been wondering whether or not to share this secret gem with you for a while now. Having walked past Cazenove Road on many a drunken occasion, we’d spotted The Lacy Nook A Board luring us inwards with a siren’s call of cocktails and beer garden. But unfortunately we’d get the timing all wrong and they’d rarely be open. “Closed at 4am! How ludicrous?” we’d holler, slurring and swaying up the road. Until now. Opening last year, The Lacy Nook is a collaboration between two friends who turned to Kickstarter to help them achieve this culinary dream . Think small and large plates of fusion Balkan BBQ, salads and carpaccio alongside
This year, Playing Up have commissioned a new play by Sophie Ellerby (HighTide First Commissions Writer and NYT REP Company 2013), Three, which will be staged at the Arcola Theatre from 20th to 22nd July. The urban and domestic drama, directed by NYT Associate Director Anna Niland follows three sisters who fight to keep track of reality as their world is turned upside down.
Tonight, on this dull yet sweaty Monday, what you may well need is to show your confectionary based fillings to the ceiling and let it all out with a huge bellowing guffaw about nothing in particular. Let the likes of quick witted Josie Long, surreal twosome Max and Ivan and the downright uproarious Tom Parry help you escape the chocolate lacking reality of 2017.
Registered charity, All Dogs Matter are a dog rehoming centre based in Archway. They use a mixture of foster homes and kennel spaces to house their dogs, who are each looking to be fostered or adopted. Occasionally we look through their profiles of beautiful singletons looking for love and feature one at random. We interviewed one newly single lady in particular called Lottie. A fun spirited character with smooth hair and a huge grin, Lottie was a right laugh.
Next Sunday it’s the Cally Road Jumble Trail, run by the community. Think a car boot sale but on the street with vintage clothing, accessories, toys, original creations and cakes if you’re lucky. The whole of the trail is set up online over at jumbletrail.com where visitors get a colour coded map to explore and discover all the hidden treasures on offer from your neighbourhood.
You’ve got your socks pulled up but no Cliff Richard in sight. You’re all white shorted up with nowhere to go. It’s time to find out where your white headbanded self will fit in. Here's our top four Wimbledon screening hang outs to try this Summer.
Until five minutes ago I would’ve believed Pet Nat was a holistic dog food brand / veterinary business in Wood Green. I’m half right actually*, but in the boozios world it’s a fizzy wine. Pétillant Naturel is light and fizzy, usually pretty low on the alcohol scale and rather sweet. Think the opposite of a dry red wine.
Abney Public Hall is hosting a market of world food delicacies next weekend, having gathered together the creme de la creme of planet Earth’s cuisine. Prepare for a mass fusion of cultures, great food, drink and music just off Stoke Newington Church Street.
Otherwise known as the shoredification of London, there are four stages of denial when it comes to dealing with the inevitability of gentrification. Are you a dilapidated ol’ boozer clinging on to the same threads since 1989, or more of a craft beer-swilling/moustache-bearing pop up type propping up the bar at a cookie dough cafe? Let’s find out before your bedroom’s transformed in to a pop up belfie gallery.
Poop poop! Get your driving gloves on and tweed jackets ready, for Toady has invited us down to Toad Hall for a banquet on the riverbank. Join The Literary Hour for their all new immersive supper club experience this Summer. It’s the eighth in their series of book themed events with multi-sensory five course meals featuring additional surprises… Ooh ratty!
Every last Thursday of the month a motley crew of performing acts shuffle off to the skinny little Moustache Bar on Stoke Newington Road for a night of microphone hogging. It’s Open Mic night and the stage isn’t just available to acoustic guitar yielding crooners. The floor is open for all you comedians, rappers, poets, hell even actors are welcome to come tread the boards at Moustache Bar this Thursday 27th July.
Ah Stokey. You chilled out little rebel of North London. The seemingly easy breezy, laissez-faire attitude that appears to exude from every award winning eatery and baby clothes shop of Church Street is all but an organic hessian veil over it’s anarchic and rebellious history. Nonconformists, anti fascists and dissenters built the area as we know it.
Trying our luck, we decided to ask the wonderful Raina and Saira of Joginder Supper Club to give us some unseen insight in to their centuries old Punjabi recipes. Amazingly they agreed to shed some light on one of their most tasty dishes: the Bhoolghobi Tamatar (cauliflower with tomato and potato). Over to the experts...
So this July 198 cyclists head over to Germany to start the Tour de France. If you think that is weird, wait till I tell you it started in Yorkshire a few years ago. Anyway after the three days of the Grand Depart the spectacle of the world's biggest sporting event heads back to France and the action really begins.