Hackney. Home of fluffy food catching beards, fixed wheeled death traps and the uber cool pub. Luckily it was the latter we were after last Saturday when we headed down to The Plough in Homerton and our chum Hackney came up trumps.
Following the popular shabby chic theme it can safely be said the food was not your run of the mill pub grub! We popped in for a chilled weekend lunching sesh and were greeted by East London’s very own John Snow. Heck of a nice chap and a corking waiter!
John helped us with our drink order and pointed my bud in the direction of ‘Oregon’ to quench her beer-y thirst (I was tempted by Beavertown’s Gamma Ray!). In the mood for a cocktail but requiring a clear head for some endeavours later in the day he made me a rather smashing elderflower and ginger beer mocktail. It was sweet yet tart and blimin divine.
We then turned our attention to the food menu which got our tastebuds tingling. Fish and pork tacos; veggie breakfast burritos; Mac and cheese the works! In the end my veggie chum chose the vegetarian haggis and I opted for breaded bream goujon tacos with fries and a healthy side salad.
Our food came and we eagerly dug in. I have to admit we were pleasantly surprised. My goujons were crispy and were sat on a lovely creamy red cabbage slaw. My chums haggis was divine; with a spicy yet sweet seasoning and lathered in cheese. It was topped with some awesomely crunchy shoestring fries (it was so good that when my chum got full I ate the rest, no judging I was starving from my morning run!) The fries were crispy and the salad had a lovely light dressing. We couldn’t have asked for any more.
However there was more to come, and boy it was worth saving space for. John Snow tempted us to pudding with the chefs citrus, olive oil and thyme cake. They gave you a awesome beast of a piece and boy it was good. Filled with white chocolate and cardamom the cake was teamed with creamy ice cream and spun sugar encased thyme. It was so ridiculously moist and decadent *drool*; the ganache was rich and not too sweet *drool again*. It was FANTASTIC to find a pub with such a ridiculously awesome pudding as usually they sort of get forgotten. Hats off to the chef!
Although we stopped by for lunch we know the evening is when The Plough really gives out the vibes! With DJ decks taking pride of place at the end of the bar and situated a groovy neighbourhood (John snow totally lives down the road from us,), we will have to return and bring some chums armed with a large dessert spoon and their dancing shoes…..
The Plough Hackney
23-25 Homerton High Street