Beagle — London, UK
Located directly next to Hoxton station in East London is the newest project from the former head chef at Rochelle Canteen, James Ferguson. Named after one of the steam locomotives that used the original East London line, Beagle is housed under the cavernous domes of three Victorian railway arches. Brainchild of entrepreneurial DJ brothers Danny and Kieran Clancy (one of whom also founded the nostalgic British Seafood shack Bonnie Gull in Fitzrovia), the space will eventually combine a restaurant, bar and easy-access coffee shop with its own separate entrance next to the station.
An exercise in elegantly designed understatement, the interiors are by local outfit Fabled Studio and take their inspiration from the railway carriages of the old North London railway, featuring clean brickwork complemented by industrial fittings and wooden flooring fashioned from reclaimed railway sleepers. The menu expresses a sincere, coherent philosophy of British eating with a daily changing menu that features an array of seasonal dishes such as grilled megrim sole with monks beard, cucumber and brown shrimp. There’s poached rhubarb and set cream for desert and an impressive selection of British beers and cocktails, of which we wholly recommend a ’Krank’ or two upon arrival.