On Thursday I joined some friends at a farm for dinner, no kidding, it was so nice and no farmyard smell, well!!! not exactly, it did smell when we came out of the restaurant.
A restaurant on a farm? I hear you ask. Hackney City Farm is set in the middle of the Hackney, where you get to see a range of farmyard animals close up, such as sheep, goats, hens, donkeys, etc. We did not see the animals but we smelt them, but only on the outside of the restaurant.
There restaurant deco reminds you of a rustic Italian farmhouse with checked oilskin table cloths and well worn sofas a very relaxed and laid back atmosphere
In the summer the Restaurant opens on a Thursday evening, and although the menu is not vast the quality is excellent, beautifully cooked with fresh ingredients, some of which come from the farm garden.
We were served fresh herb bread before our starter, it just looked so good, and that is before we even tasted it. I shared an antipasto board of dried cured meats, olives, balsamic baby onions and focaccia, absolutely lovely.
For my main I had roasted squash stuffed with a range of vegetables topped with goat cheese and oh did it taste good, I even ate some of the skin, the house wine was excellent, but you can also bring you own wine, how cool is that.
We followed this with apple fruit crumble which we shared, too stuffed to eat any more but too good to resist. The apple pieces were a nice and chunky size and tasted sharp against the sweet of the topping and the vanilla custard, the bowl was licked clean.
The atmosphere was so relaxed it was 10.30 before we even knew it, not good as I had a two hour journey to get home. to complete the evening we stepped out onto rough cobbled walkway out of the restaurant over shadowed by trees, just allowing the feeling of the Mediterranean to last before entering into the stark grey glare of Hackeny Road, in all a brilliant evening