Dreyfus’ – Clapton Square

Dreyfus cafe on Hackney Bubble

Nesting on the corner of Clapton Square, Dreyfus’ café opened at the tail end of 2012 serving as a paper-reading, bun-eating, brunchy-breakfasty café in the heart of Hackney.

Up front, the best thing about Dreyfus’ is that you can order eggs Florentine or Benedict or Royal (flozzy / benny / rozza as the aussies would say) by the portion – just £3.25 for one stacked muffin, and so £6.50 for 2, etc etc.

One hunk o’ brunch should be enough though, especially when the traditional Finnish cinnamon buns that adorn the counter are whispering “eat me, eat me”. I am a good listener to these flumped up pastry delights. They also serve sandwiches that lean towards the goats-cheese brigade and a daily selection of ‘Hot Lunch Specials’.  

It’s nice and bright inside with a scattering of established local types – girl working on Macbook, hip dad taking the kids for a babiccino, couples reading the paper, be-spectacled boy with his head in a book.

The coffee is pretty good – I find the flat white a little cold, but tasty and smooth – sure to froth up any hipster moustache.

They’re shut on Mondays, but are open 8-8 on weekdays and til 5 at weekends.  

Dreyfus Cafe

Festival – The Apple Cart 2012

When? Sunday 4th June 2012

Where? Victoria Park

How Much? £33 for the day. BUY NOW. You can also buy a combined ticket for Apple Cart and Field Day HERE

As well as a stellar line up of music, comedy and cabaret, this year’s Apple Cart Festival graces Victoria Park with even more family fun for all ages. Hopefully they’ll be selling cider this year (massive mistake last year chaps!), but we’ll be there to take a big bite of this scrumptious festival.

In the day after Field Day, Eat Your Own Ears present to you some great new talent and well loved favorites including good apple Adam Ant! As well as this legend gracing the outdoor stage, i’ll be looking forward to the following:

Marcus Foster

I discovered this soulful singer songwriter just this year. His voice is strong and filled with feeling, there’s pain and pleasure, soul and blues influences and I can imagine if he delivers live what his album Nameless Path does, it’ll be a punch in the musical guts.

Beth Jeans-Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny

Think of a shape, explode it with colour, stick a crazy hat on it and you’ve got the visual representation of Beth Jeans-Houghton. She can back up her unparalleled looks with a sweet, zany vocal that has heart and an exceptional talent for songwriting. I’m looking forward to a fun fun fun live show, with actual horses on stage.

Stornaway

Dreamy and very cute, these lads should deliver something both ethereal and provocative. They look like they could be a boy band, which, I guess technically they are, but with plenty of instruments and tighter jeans.

Josh T Pearson 

Melancholy and brave, with plenty of apologies for being the bad guy, Pearson bears a heavy weight, both lyrically and melodiously. Don’t expect dancing or dreams to come true; just keep your gun close and your wife even closer.

I should of course mention the legendary Adam Ant, who will be performing after several years’ of rest, so it could be prince charming or it could be more along the lines of watching Gary Numan, a bit like bearing witness to your newly divorced boss dating a 22 year old stripper and buying a Porsche (true story).

There is a host of cabaret and comedy, which i’ll be looking at in more detail in part 2 of the preview.

Grab your tickets now while you still can.

Fancy a Brew? London Fields Beer!

What: London Fields Brewery Grand Opening

Where: 374 Helmsley Place, London Fields, London E8 3SB

When: Bank holiday weekend, Friday 26th-29th August

Get yeself down to London Fields on the August bank holiday for the grand opening of London Fields Brewery. They’ll be unveiling their cuddled and cared for amber nectar with bands and music throughout the weekend.

There are a few micro breweries popping up over east London, but I think this is a first for Hackney. Read an interview with London Fields Brewery and Yeah! Hackney HERE .

www.londonfieldsbrewery.co.uk

The Apple Cart Festival Flies By

The Apple Cart festival came to Hackney, following on from promoter’s ‘Eat Your Own Ears’ ‘Underage Festival’ and ‘Field Day’ last weekend. And what a mixed up, jumped up, pulled around and start up festival it was!

In Victoria Park’s bosom there nestled tents, bandstands and stages awash with teatowels, haybales and gingham for the one day family fest full of comedy, cabaret and music.

Arriving just as the rain started, luckily, just in time to shelter in the folk tent to watch Peggy Sue. Would have been nice to wash their sultry style of harmonising down with a nice, cool, English cider (being Apple themed n’ all) but the entire place was in drought, deciding to serve only piss weak perry. The girls were lovely though, playing new and old songs with a heap of instrument swapping and some cute smiles picking crooning melodies.

The rain battered the tent, but we braved the outdoors to go and find our bearings in time for the Magic Numbers set on the main Apple Cart stage. With an ever-so-polite audience evenly spaced, it felt friendly and that’s what you want when watching the Magic Numbers! More sing-a-longs than you remembered so looks like it didn’t all go wrong! (sorry!).

On to James Yorkston in the Cabaret tent (an odd choice you might think!?). I was really excited about seeing him play again. He has created many a beautiful album and really should be better known. The tent was rammed, but the ethereal noise was immense so the acoustic four-piece were fighting to be heard over the top of distant base thumps. All acts played short sets of about half an hour slots, tops. Enough time for James to run through a few songs (showing incredible talent at finger picking) and to read aloud some of his book “It’s Incredible to be Here”.  He had said before that the set might be “erm, random” with the new band and it was a bit! Lovely harp, clarinet and violin creating beautiful complimentary, just wish I could have heard them properly!

Patrick Wolf, for me, was the biggest let down I had bigged up, but I have read a lot of positive reviews so maybe I am not the best person to listen to! He was very… red?

Taking some time out to explore the rest of the offerings it was clear that the acts that made it, not the atmosphere. Or art (neon painted milk bottles for a fiver!?). Some Hipster inspired Mac n’ Cheese was quite nice to scoff down. Though not out of a dumpster. The best part of the “extras” was seeing a policeman get repeatedly spanked while carrying on walking. I only got one girls reaction to that though, see orange car below…

Strangest act had to be Chili Gonzales – a piano player that could have been a muppet in a previous life spouting intricate comedy lyrics and furiously hammering on the keys, full of charisma and possibly martinis. One incredible moment was when the sun came out to gospel prayer from the audience… no, really!

Tim Minchin was the absolute STAR of the festival. This was the first time he had played a main stage slot at a festival and, by jingo, it worked! I don’t think I even need to say any more, but it was so much funnier than on the tele. Rocked it rude style. Nobody makes cancer more fun.

You’ve never seen hoola hooping unless you’ve seen Marawa! I think she eventually hoola’d about fourty seven hoops. Stunning! Loved the leopard print too!

And then a quick dash to catch the end of Soul2Soul. Lottsa fun. Lottsa soul and some diiiivaaaas with violins. And that was the end for me! Just time to get fish and chips on the way home from The Fish House. Yummy end to a tasty day.

As London festivals go, this was a really nice one. Exceptionally middle of the road middle classes, but nice. Y’know… nice. Just please remember to have cider next year!?

Seek And Ye Shall Find… Search Party

A free event took place in London over the weekend, organised as part of the London 2012 Festival to explore east London. A few clueless friends and I took part in the Hackney search weaving our way from Broadway Market to the garden party in Bishopsgate via a cycling cinema in Hackney City Farm, riddle solving on Columbia Road, a circus in Arnold Circus and an art class clue in Spitlefields.

Not only did we find some great little gems of the area (which will no doubt appear on the Hackney Bubble blog soon!), we used our noodles to solve the clues which led to four stickers, which got entry into the garden party  with a well earned sangria and some delicious paella.

We almost didn’t get past the security guard who ordered us to make up three separate dance move and perform them in time, as a group. He was mean. But he eventually let us go with the final sticker!

All pictures by Tor Cameron

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