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