Hackney, in the last year, has been quite the hang out for the east London's hipster community. Not sure how many you will see at the following joint, but either way it is a restaurant that is truly worth the visit from west, north and south Londoner's alike. The name of this delicious eatery is Duke's Brew & Que.
Located a short walk from Haggerston station in London's east, Duke's is home to what some would say is London's best BBQ ribs. Whether you fancy the beef or pork variety, it is safe to say you will not be disappointed.
I headed to this venue after a six month interval, not because of the food, but purely because I had ventured north to live and found myself never in the area. I figured that had to change and organised a date with a friend to ensure she too would experience the 'epicness' that is Duke's.
The Landslider @ Duke's Brew & Que (photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
There is an infamous brunch menu that ranges from Eggs Benedict to BBQ Omelette and French Toast. Unfortunately I was unable to try these as they are only served from 11am - 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. I highly suggest you check this out as the BBQ omelette - filled with a mix of our BBQ pork and beef, mixed cheese and topped with homemade KC sauce and a side of home fried potatoes - sounds way too good to miss.
Duke's Burger @ Duke's Brew & Que (photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
After looking over the BBQ menu that is available from 6:00pm onwards my friend and I decided on two of the Pork Ribs - Free range Pork Spare Ribs, from Norfolk, smoked over hickory & apple-cherry wood and served with coleslaw & pickled red onion; as well as two burgers, The Landslider - Pulled pork with BBQ sauce, coleslaw & pickles in a brioche bun, served with Duke's seasoned fries and pickled red onion; and Duke's Burger - 100% beef burger (6oz, served medium rare) with pickles, lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayo & mustard served with Duke's seasoned fries, coleslaw and pickled red onion.
The food came out simultaneously and smelled like an authentic southern style BBQ. The Ribs were like nothing I have ever seen before, extremely succulent, large (bigger than my face) and had a distinct smokey flavour that made it a very enjoyable experience for the tastebuds.
The burgers were equally as juicy, with the pulled pork slow cooked for twelve hours and the beef patty in the Duke's Burger, cooked medium rare. If you are after falling-off-the-bone-pork go for The Landslider, if a chunk of meat is your thing then Duke's Burger is for you. With all burgers you are able to select from toppings. Monterey Jack cheese should be everyone's addition.
Peanut Butter & Caramel Tart @ Duke's Brew & Que (photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
The finale of my Wednesday date had to of course be the Peanut Butter Tart and Clotted Cream Ice-Cream. We shared this dessert and were glad we did. Just the right amount of salt, caramel, biscuit base and chocolate were a great finish to an amazing meal.
Duke's Brew & Que is located in Downham Road, one that you assume, off Kingsland Road, is suburban, but then just before you pause and retreat to Google Maps, you realise you are in the right street as the waft of a BBQ smokehouse fills the air. Duke's is situated inside one of London's oldest pubs and has an interstice decor on display with deer antlers and children's prams. I am not sure what it symbolises but I do know they do a mean burger and ribs. Check it out.