Beagle, London

Beagle london barA cocktail bar, restaurant and coffee shop has been created by brothers Danny and Kieran Clancy in east London

Danny and Kieran Clancy are old hands at spotting the potential of out-of-the way locations. As the founders and organisers of Krankbrother, they organise music events in places such as rooftops and yachts and pool parties in luxury hotels. For their first bar, the brothers came across railway arches tucked down a side street in Hoxton, east London, but next door to a new station on the London Overground line. “We chanced upon these three beautiful railway arches next to Hoxton station and were blown away by the site,” Danny says. “The arches were in immaculate condition and have some beautiful features – perfect for a restaurant and bar.”

They named it Beagle after a locomotive on the former North London Line that once ran on the viaduct above. Making the most of the structure of the three arches, they have made it a bar, restaurant and coffee shop, with a large south-facing outdoor area. For the interior design, they turned to Fabled Studio, which had worked with Danny on creating his Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack in Fitzrovia, London. The practice, headed by Tom Strother, Steven Saunders and Simon Gallagher, has designed other hospitality interiors including The Luggage Room at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea. “We were inspired by the Victorian railway carriages from the old North London railway line that used to run overhead, mixing this with industrial fittings and finishes to complement the industrial vernacular and history of the arches,” Tom explains.

The palette of pared-back aged finishes includes raw blackened steel, antique industrial mirrors and Steampunk-inspired light fixtures. The wooden flooring has been made from reclaimed railway sleepers, complemented by timber louvered walls and bare brickwork. The venue’s glazed frontage is framed in black metal with pivoting windows for opening up the bar and the restaurant on sunny days. The seating area outside is framed with planters made from sleepers, with seating for up to 60 people.

Danny and Kieran brought in young chef James Ferguson, formerly head chef at the nearby Rochelle Canteen in Shoreditch. “The daily changing menus at Beagle offer good, honest, homely cooking with the best of British ingredients,” James explains. “Some dishes have a touch of the Mediterranean – a region which gives me great inspiration.” Typical dishes include pig’s head croquette, whole wild sea bass with samphire and cucumber, and custard tart with poached rhubarb.

The bar manager is Myles Davies, formerly of London bars Viajante, Hix Soho and Green & Red. Working with Shaker Consultancy, he has put together a drinks menu full of fresh flavours and an emphasis on British spirits such as the Beagle Martini made with Chase potato vodka, gin, caraway and coriander bitters. Pine-infused Beefeater Gin is the base for the Pine, mixing it with Cocchi Americano vermouth, Kamm & Sons ginseng spirit and soda water. More classic-style drinks include the Krank, combining Chivas Regal whisky, Cocchi Americano, The King’s Ginger liqueur and homemade rhubarb bitters.

The house Bloody Mary uses a chorizo-infused vodka and the bar’s own spice mix. This is listed under the banner of “hangover cocktails” along with drinks such as the Unbeeten, mixing Kamm & Sons with beetroot juice, apple juice and seasoning. The back-bar has an eclectic collection of spirits and liqueurs plus London craft beers such as Crate Lager and IPA from the Crate Brewery, Kernel Table Beer from The Kernel Brewery and Hopspur amber ale from Redemption. To match James’s food, there is an extensive wine list, leaning more to the Old World.

While the coffee shop is open from 7am, the bar and restaurant run from lunchtime until midnight seven days a week. With its expertly made cocktails, friendly service and stylishly industrial design, Beagle stands out among the continuing wave of new bars in Shoreditch and Hoxton.

397-399 Geffrye Street, London E2 8HZ
Tel: 020 7613 2967


Who did it
Design: Fabled Studio
Sound system: Funktion-One

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