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.
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