Beagle restaurant is named after one of the old steam trains that ran on the original East London line in the early 20th Century. Sitting under the railway arches of Hoxton Overground, it’s has been on my 'to eat' list for some months.
We visited for an early lunch with the option of sitting alfresco in the spacious outdoor seating area or inside in the Manhattan loft style space, all exposed brick, brushed steel lights and floors created from railway sleepers. We opted for the safety of indoors, it’s very in-keeping with the theme after all. The menu changes daily and at first glance I was a little overwhelmed, having to use Google to translate often makes me a tad uneasy, but the food more than made up for the effort required to decipher the menu.
I choose the hake which came with cauliflower, leeks and romesco. Simple, delicious, rustic and sizeable too. My fellow diner preferred the more hearty meatball option, which whilst not as generous was equally as tasty, rich with a Mediterranean flavour.
Impressed with the mains we opted for dessert. The treacle tart was a tad too dry for my liking, what can I say, I like a gooey middle, but the milk ice cream accompaniment complimented and softened the dish. The other sweet was a creamy but light panna cotta with poached Yorkshire rhubarb and eeh by gum, it was good.
The meal was all washed down with prosecco in saucer style glasses, just the ticket. Trains rumbling over head, the chatter from the staff in the open kitchen and the smooth Sunday tunes made this East End hang out feel atmospheric and relaxed. They’re certainly on the right track here, well worth getting off at the station for this one. Starters are priced at around £6-£7, mains are roughly between £12 and £17 and then deserts are between £5 and £8.
Address: 397-400 Geffrye Street, London E2