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REVIEW: Proud East, Haggerston

REVIEW: Proud East, Haggerston

WHAT: Find us a cooler casual date venue on the canal. We’ll wait.

WHERE: Perched on Regent’s Canal, a few minutes’ walk from bustling Kingsland Road, Proud East is somewhat of an open secret among East London hipsters. Comprising a café, restaurant, cocktail bar, ping pong and pool room, plus an event space (with a Playstation wall to boot) it’s a good distance from the bustle of Shoreditch without becoming a pain to get to.

We began our visit with classic Italian antipasto, a selection of cured meats, chargrilled vegetables, olives, sundried tomatoes and grilled ciabatta keeping us happy as we perused the wine menu (the house red is very good).

There’s a properly great pizza menu, freshly baked in a custom-built oven and loaded with the likes of Goats cheese, mozzarella, caramelised onions, spinach, red onions and garlic oil, or hearty Gorgonzola with pancetta, artichoke, leeks and chilli oil on a tomato base. Other mains include a towering burger with beer-fried onions, and a gorgeous, filling salad of seared tuna, anchovies, capers, olives and free range egg.

Home to plenty of pop-up series and themed nights, there’s always something going on. This summer saw the space taken over with origami classes, meditation sessions and Japanese cinema screenings, with a special outdoor event put on by non-profit outfit Nomad Cinema. Another month might bring quintessentially British high teas, wine tasting evenings and DJ nights.

Proud East is reliable for more regular pursuits, too – there’s a fairly extensive brunch menu, and a Sunday roast for £14.50. Great for a group or a laid back Bumble date, we highly recommend strolling over.

ADDRESS: PROUD EAST, 2-10 Hertford Road, London, N1 5ET


Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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