Restaurant Beagle, named after one of the old trains that used to run in the Hoxton area, offers a very exciting East London dining proposition. We first encountered Beagle at the Feast festival earlier this year, when they hadn’t officially opened yet, and we were seriously impressed. We vowed to visit the restaurant when it had properly opened…well now was as good a time to head to hipster-town, aka Hoxton, to prowl for some food at Beagle.
The menu itself is reasonably limited, but combined with the bar menu (which has some nice options as well), it should be able to cater to the taste buds of most diners. The modern British style dishes at Beagle are original and well constructed. Ever since St. John’s started the revolution of modernising British head-to-tail cooking, the scene has evolved quite a bit with the likes of Elliot’s cafe and Upstairs at the Ten Bells getting much deserved recognition as well. Beagle continues this trend and provides its own twist to it all.
The setting of Hoxton makes for a very nice and unique dining experience. Sure, it’s a bit tricky to get to for those who don’t live in East London, but that’s part of what makes it different and when the cooking is this good, frankly who cares. Besides, places like Broadway market & the Columbia rd Flower market are 15 mins away and you may just as well combine a lunch at Beagle with a stroll around for instance Broadway market.
We tried the following dishes when we visited Beagle:
- Pork pie & piccalilli (7.5/10)
- Smoked cod’s roe on toast (8.5/10)
- Cockles, bacon and cider (8/10)
- English asparagus, spenwood & fried bantam egg (7.5/10)
- Grilled lamb tongue, young beetroot & green sauce (8/10)
- Grilled courgettes, tomatoes & feta (8/10)
- Wild black bream, kohlrabi, cabbage & radish (8.5/10)
- Tamworth pork chop, borlotti beans & tropea onions (8/10)
- Bavette steak, duck fat chips & anchovy (8.5/10)
- Gem lettuce, spring onion & mint (8/10)
- Lemon sorbet & Sicilian lemon vodka (8/10)
- Apricot & Almond tart (8/10)
- Adrahan & Tymsboro (7/10)
- Chocolate & Caramel pot (7/10)
When we visited Beagle there were a few niggles in respect of the service (coffee order was forgotten and there was a 20 mins wait between starters and mains), but none-the-less the experience was very enjoyable and we’re willing to ascribe these issues with service to the fact that the restaurant is in its first 2 months of opening and so would hope they’ll be corrected over time.
The total bill at Beagle came to £150 (including service charge, 1 cocktail and 5 coffees).
Food rating for Beagle: 8.5/10
Service rating for Beagle: 7/5/10
The overall rating for Beagle: 8/10
(The overall rating is based personal taste, opinion of the ambiance and price)