Clapton inventory

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A selection of locally produced goods Photography by Clapton-based Kuba Nowak 1 Gin from 58Gin produced in Hackney Downs Studios. £35 per bottle. Available at Merchant House, 13 Well Court, EC4M 9DN, or online. 2 Dark Arts Coffee roasted in Homerton. Prices from £6 for 250g. Available to buy at BOLT Motorcycles, 274 Richmond Road, E8 3QW. 3 Polish Peasant vodkas … [Read more...]

An interview with the humble greengrocer

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Ever fresh, ever green The humble greengrocer is a stalwart of London life, where price and quality often put supermarkets to shame. MFR on Chatsworth Road is a greengrocer that has stood the test of time – and changing demographics – and is one of a handful of places in Clapton that serves all walks of life. Robbie de Santos talks to Meral Karakas. Tell us the story … [Read more...]

Late night eating in Clapton

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Along with the rosy cheeks and good cheer of the winter season, most of us will be expected to weather that most awkward and forced event of the year: the work Christmas party. Our advice would be to duck out gracefully well before you start tearfully hugging your colleagues and telling them you love them after drinking one too many. Instead, soak up that sparkling wine at one … [Read more...]

Christmas in a Clapton cornershop

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By Dave Hill The specialness of Christmas in E5 first came home to me more than 20 years ago when I awoke on the big day and discovered there were no sausages in the fridge. My parents were visiting from far, far away – I mean, beyond the M25, and everything – and had been promised a full English to accompany the morning’s present-opening. I put my hat and coat on and … [Read more...]

The Clapton Pot: 5 tips for throwing the perfect dinner party

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The Clapton Pot is a free monthly dinner party run by two local food lovers - Anna Hafsteinsson and Violaine Verry - who enjoy meeting new people in their neighbourhood. Together, they concoct a home-cooked offering for their guests, who are encouraged to bring a bottle to share. We asked Anna Hafsteinsson for her top five tips to ensure dinner party success. 1. … [Read more...]