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by Ian Marshall (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer and yogi living in Tepoztlan, Mexico where I'm running www.casadelcorazon.mx with my girlfriend. You can keep up with my other writing on www.bollocks2thewellingtons.com/ or www.spiritualheartjourney.com
Published March 7th 2013
Small British plates add up to big feed
Just next to Hackney City Farm on Hackney Road is a relatively new establishment boasting some excellent English cuisine served in "small dishes". We're talking British tapas here.

Mr. Buckley's, neon, hackney, restaurant, tapas
Mr. Buckley's neon sign


The ambience is dim lighting with a cool looking neon sign out the front. We sat upstairs but there is quite a sizable area below as well. Upstairs seemed a little nicer but you may need to make a reservation like we did.

Mr. Buckley's offers some interesting cocktails such as a Bloody Madison made with bacon infused bourbon. This take on the tomato juice hangover cure comes replete with a garnish of crispy bacon poking out the top. Perfect for a Saturday lunchtime pick me up but on Friday night we decided to stick with a bottle of red which was extremely nice and came in a rather funky bottle - appropriate for the hipster vibe this place has.

Mr. Buckley's, wine, hackney, restaurant, the old press
The Old Press wine


Mr. Buckley's, wine, hackney, restaurant, Sophie Wilson
Sophie enjoying the ambiance


I'm not using hipster in a derogatory way either. People in the know seem to like this place and they just happen to dress in a trendy way.

The food is great, we started with the Confit Duck & Pistachio Terrine which was dense and came with crispbreads. The pistachio could perhaps have been stronger and the bacon wrapped around the terrine made it perhaps too meaty.

Mr. Buckley's, duck pate, hackney, restaurant, tapas
Confit Duck & Pistachio Terrine


As a side, and because Kale has become my new favourite thing we went for Crispy kale with Garlic and Chili. This could have had more chili for me but was a nice bit of green veg to go along with the rich other dishes we had.

Mr. Buckley's, chili kale, hackney, restaurant, tapas
Crispy Chili & Garlic Kale


The crab cakes could have been a bit more moist, we liked the blackened salsa that came with them but the cakes themselves were a little dry and didn't have a strong seafood taste.

Mr. Buckley's, crab cakes, hackney, restaurant, tapas
Crab Cakes


Sauces do seem to be a speciality because the roast tomato chutney that came with the corn and coriander fritters was sensational. These were probably my favourite dish in the end, they came with a healthy salad and were full of flavour.

Mr. Buckley's, corn fritters, hackney, restaurant, tapas
Corn Fritters


The baked ricotta came with just one fresh fig, to our disappointment, it was extremely rich but great as well.

Mr. Buckley's, baked ricotta, hackney, restaurant, tapas
Baked Ricotta


We also had the Lobster Mac and Cheese because, well you have to really given the chance don't you? We were so excited by it in fact that the photo opportunity was missed as forks piled in. I considered asking the next table if I could take a shot but it might be a little weird.

We considered dessert but a lot of the food that we had was extremely rich and we left feeling full, satisfied and maybe a little over-indulgent.

I really liked the place and would definitely go back although some of the dishes perhaps promised more than they delivered.
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Why? British Tapas
When: 6pm - 12 - Mon 10am-12 Tues-Thu 10am-2am Fri 9am-2am Sat 9am-12 Sun
Phone: 0203 664 0033
Where: Hackney Road
Cost: Dinner around 6-7 a dish
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