Farley Macallan

Bars and pubs, Wine bars Hackney
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Farley Macallan

A backstreet Hackney wine bar and brunch spot.

Please note, Farley Macallan is now closed. Time Out Editors, June 2018.

‘Farley Macallan’ may sound like a character from a Scottish seafaring legend, but it’s actually a Hackney bar-restaurant where a bright neon sign above the counter glows with the motto ‘#Reinventing the local’. A cosy one-room bar with an events space downstairs, it offers brunch during the day Wednesday to Sunday (including the bottomless sort on weekends), classy small plates and a decent wine list in the evenings from Wednesday to Saturday.

The words ‘Hackney’s fashion hub’ take some getting used to, but according to Farley Macallan’s website, that’s where you’ll find this new breed of higher-end East End boozer: it sits on a shabby corner on the not-so-appealing main road between Hackney Central and Homerton, where there’s a concentrated line-up of shiny discount outlets run by Nike, Burberry, Pringle and other big brands. This place isn’t fashion-y at all, though. The décor is easy and functional, with simple tables, pine chairs and stools, it’s foodie in a friendly way – the staff are happy to talk through their core offering of wines, cheeses and cured meats – and it attracts a young neighbourhood crowd.

But beware of just ‘popping in’ to Farley Macallan. The place shuts occasionally for private parties or themed and ticketed nights (they run music and comedy events downstairs). The first time I visited, they were about to have a Caribbean evening, lining up potent-looking punches behind the bar and preparing a special menu (they let me slip in for a quick drink before it kicked off). Their calendar includes various tasting events – including a 90-minute session on a weekday night when you can try eight off-menu wines along with their meat and cheese pairings, all for just £9.50. You won’t find that down The Dog & Duck.

By: Dave Calhoun


Venue name: Farley Macallan
Address: Farley Macallan
177-179 Morning Lane
E9 6LH
Transport: Homerton Overground
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This has turned into a lengthy read, so here's a brief summary: absolutely delicious food. Not your run of the mill menu, and you'll fancy trying everything. A first class, personal service. Convenient location, with street pay and display parking very close by.

Our experience of this place is a few weeks old now, but I'd promised myself to write a review, because I think this place definitely deserves a mention.

My wife and I are in our 30's, and we have a 3yr old daughter. We live in West London and found ourselves planning a trip to Hackney for the early morning showing of Peppa Pig at the Hackney Empire Theatre. I looked online for some inspiration for lunch, and came across Farley Macallan on Timeout. It appealed for a few reasons - the unusual and interesting menu, good reviews on Timeout, plenty of space for a pushchair, and then the fact that there is 4hr pay and display street parking on Homerton Terrace, which is half-way between the restaurant and the Hackney Empire!

I booked a table for four, and invited my niece to join us, as she lives fairly locally.  The best way to describe the actual venue is 'casual and fresh'; we all felt very comfortable and welcome. It wasn't appropriate for us to go for the "all you can drink" lunch special, but we were allowed to order from the main menu as well as the brunch menu. We were advised that the cured salmon wasn't ready though, and when I asked what he meant by "ready", it turns out that they cure their own salmon on the premises - Wow! I already had a very good feeling about this place.

The main menu is served as small plates - perfect, as I love 'tapas style' shared dining, and this was certainly a place offering a tempting list of unusual yet interesting choice of dishes. We ended up ordering pancakes with poached egg and bacon, crispy pork belly, cauliflower fritters with curried yoghurt, scallops, togarashi fries, eggs benedict, and grilled broccoli. My wife asked for her poached eggs not to be runny.

The food wasn't just tasty - you begin to realise that each dish has been carefully crafted with a very clever understanding and appreciation for how food textures and flavours can work together. You're familiar with the phrase, "greater than the sum of its parts" .. ?  Well, that's the only way to describe the food we ate! The curried yoghurt was amazing with the cauliflower fritters, in fact we asked for more on the side to dip our fries into. The spiced apple chutney was an excellent accompaniment for the pork belly. The subtle togarashi spice (Japanese?) sprinkled on the fries made them that little bit more special. The broccoli was grilled to perfection, and again went so well with the smoked tomato and feta cheese. The poached eggs cooked just as we'd ordered them, and excellent pancakes with perfectly crisp bacon; the hollandaise sauce (served on the side) was the best I can remember - light and silky.  The scallops were simply delicious served with some superb quinoa (I didn't even know I liked quinoa!), or perhaps the drizzle of truffle oil is what set it apart.. How were they managing to do this?! Every single dish was amazing, and with first class service. Everything about Farley Macallan was screaming attention to detail.

I've been told that I can be very picky about my food, whereas I sincerely believe that nowadays we should expect more than just good quality tasty food when we dine out. If you can't tell by now, I was blown away by this place. We'd already started planning another excuse to come back out to Hackney - a shopping spree at the Fashion Hub, followed by a lunch extravaganza at Farley Macallan :)

I've added a few pics; resolution may not be great - they were just quick snaps taken at the time to send via Whatsapp.

Great ambience, great food, great staff, great wine selections. Utterly excellent

Shockingly good quality food for the price. Although it's actually the service and staff that make it so good for me - great attitude, casual and relaxed. And always eager to give me a taster of their latest new wines paired with my food.

Brilliant brunch. I go there with my girlfriend every other weekend after meandering around HackneyWalk. There's nothing like eating 'flag' themed brunches (Hawaiian & Swedish are our staples) whilst relaxing in new mega-discounted UGGs. It's so chilled there.

Best cheese and wine bar in London! Would highly recommend and great atmosphere.

When you just want to slip away from the pressures of work and the fast pace that London gives everyday. It's a place that offers a friendly, charm and peaceful environment to chill out, relax and recharge your batteries with delicious food with great tasting beverages which compliment everything on offer in new refreshing ways that always hit the spot. One very happy customer :-) Base Gamble

The people are what makes this place. Staff and other customers alike. I've been to a couple of wine tastings there, and Mark (the staff member who hosts them) really makes the wine approachable and easy to enjoy - I learn a few fun facts along the way.
Keep it up guys!

The people are what makes this place. Staff and other customers alike. I've been to a couple of wine tastings there, and Mark (the staff member who hosts them) really makes the wine approachable and easy to enjoy - I learn a few fun facts along the way.
Keep it up guys!

Went for brunch with my family last weekend after checking out Hackney Walk brand discounts. Plenty of room for pushchair and family friendly. Perfectly done poached eggs and unusual cured salmon that I'll definitely be going back for. Friendly and relaxed vibe.

Cozy and welcoming environment with great selection of wines. The small plates menu is to die for, specially loved the mackerel!

I'm now a regular at Farley Macallan. Great staff, great food, great wine and great music!

Amazing place, relaxing atmosphere, I love going there and highly recommend to anyone.

Great venue, great vibes. Can't wait to go back next time I'm in London.

Great, friendly service. It didn't feel like another overhyped bar/pub in London where you just stand there waiting for service whilst music pierces your ear drums and punter smells light up your nasal hairs. If you're looking for a relaxing, more communal space...this is it.

Welcomed with a free glass of Prosecco of a good quality which was very nice gesture :) Great selection of wine, nicely looking and tasteful meals !!!

I went to Farley Macallan for a drink after a recommendation from my colleague. If you are in the Hackney area this wine bar is perfect for all sorts from drinks with friends to a first date. The staff are very welcoming and helped us pick the perfect bottle!

Upbeat intimate and friendly bar. Enjoyed the personal guide on matching wine with food.. Perfectly yummy.

This place really has re-invented the local! A great wine list and an awesome menu as well as really friendly and knowledgable staff is this reason I call this my new local, and thetruffle popcorn is to die for!

great format with rentable working areas, amazing food and a great owner and staff.

I'm yet to find more knowledgable, friendly service anywhere else in London! Will definitely be my local from now on.

Great place to have a coffee and do some work on your laptop with a break for some exceptional food. After working hours have a glass of good wine and listen to some good tunes:)

Everything at Farley is beautifully thought out, and clearly with passion and amazing expertise!

A great, friendly neighbourhood wine bar that is welcoming, thoughtfully run and a whole bunch of fun.

Was looking for somewhere to celebrate with friends, and Farley Macallan's proved just the place!  We had a lovely evening, learning about (and drinking!) different wines - and munching the delicious popcorn. Definitely a place to go back to!

It's not often in London that you find a place that really takes you out of the city. This undiscovered gem is a charming space, occupying two floors with high ceilings, including the basement. I came for a glass of wine and stayed for dinner, which was delicious. The wine here takes centre stage with a fantastic choice of bio-dynamic and organic wines food created to compliment the wine (instead of the other way around). The knowledgeable staff paired my wine with a fresh salmon gravadlax.

The bar seemed popular with the locals. Especially with Hackney's artists and designers, who have a space to showcase their work for free in the basement.

Great place to meet friends!

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