This week I shared my London Fields Guide with you. It’s one of my favourite areas near where I live in Hackney, famous for Broadway Market, where hundreds flock on a Saturday for delicious cakes and coffee. I love the excitement of the market, and I definitely relish the food, but now it’s made its way onto the list of trendy East London hangouts, it can be really busy. I’m finding it’s definitely too bustling for me at the moment – navigating a pram through those crowds is not my idea of fun!
I’ve always loved exploring my local area though and there are gems to be found all over the borough, and it’s one of those finds I want to share with you now. If you’re looking for cool eateries in East London, keep reading…
Wringer and Mangle is a lovely all-day cafe/restaurant/bar, set back away from the flurry of Broadway Market, on Sidworth Street on the way to London Fields station. It starts early with breakfast, and takes you all the way through to brunch, lunch and then dinner. I’m sure if I tried I could spend the whole day there!
The interior decor is so fresh. They have tonnes of amazing indoor plants – parts of it are almost like a jungle! All the green gives it a real sense of calm, which is something I really like.
The Wringer and Mangle team are go good at finding interesting one-off pieces too, which they’ve dotted around the place. Whether it’s a telescope, an actual old mangle, or… is that a pommel horse? – there’s always something fascinating to look at.
I find a lot of places in London can be overly polished, but what I like about Wringer and Mangle is precisely that it isn’t. It has this rustic charm to it and really makes you feel at home.
On a sunny day I feel particularly at home in the outside eating area. Unlike your standard beer garden it’s really comfy – they have proper sofas!
Naturally I love the food here too. It’s that nice mix of interesting, delicious but not pretentious. The ingredients are fresh and seasonal, and there are always a couple of good vegetarian options.
On a weekday they put on an amazing buffet bar where you can fill your plate with yummy salads made fresh that day.
At the weekends, I look forward to their Bottomless Brunch – it comes with unlimited prosecco for just £15. I haven’t yet been back since Jasmine came along so I haven’t been able to join in with the brunch bubbles for a while – it’ll be such a treat when I do!
I really like the vibe on weekday evenings too. It’s never too busy but there’s still a buzz. I like to pore over the cocktail menu – before picking my favourite, Orient Express, every time.
Be warned that in the evenings at weekends it is a bit of a different vibe, and turns into more of a nightclub scene – though that might be what you fancy!
All in all if you ever find yourself in London Fields, pop in to Wringer and Mangle for a lovely homely atmosphere, great food and delicious cocktails.
You can find it at 13-18 Sidworth Street, Hackney, London, E8 3SD, and the nearest station is London Fields.