Farley Macallan

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A backstreet Hackney wine bar and brunch spot.

‘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.

Neil S

Looking forward to coming back to London to visit again and have another bottle of that famed red! Good company.

Simon E

I enjoy the atmosphere here and have found it a nice way to get to know others in the area.

Guillaume A

A hidden gem in Hackney! Farley is a charming restaurant perfect for those interested in trying new, interesting foods. When you walk into the restaurant, you come into bright room with a trendy bar. It's perfect if you're interested in a quick drink and bite, but there's also sit-down room if you're interested in taking your time while you sip your wine.

Fred B

Love this place! Went with family recently and the food was so delicious. Also, our server was so polite and professional, which certainly added to the experience.

Abigali F

Jut the most amazing food and when you ask which wine will go well what you have ordered, the wine really does go well with, and not expensive.
I cannot recommend it enough.

margit b

Really enjoyed the party. The deep red salmon was a new experience. Looking forward to the next visit.

Len S

Went to the Halloween party after a day out at the Fashion Hub. Simply had a wonderful time.

Amir E

Food and atmosphere are amazing. Staff and people you meet in there are warm and welcoming

Abz R

Great food, chilled vibe, amazing selection of vines and always hosting local events

Lucy C

Delicious food prepared with care and attention to detail - paired with unique and beautiful wines. All topped off with great service!

Jose A

A new hotspot and one to visit. The small plates have intense flavours and are good for group sharing. A fun experience we had today.

Jose A

A new hotspot and one to visit. The small plates have intense flavours and are good for group sharing. A fun experience we had today.

Noble M

Great themed night out. Winebar with tasty food. A little bit different to your norm. I like it, my sort of place!

John A

Enjoy the theme at this pub very much. Not usually a wine drinker, but could be persuaded to take up the habit now,


A general all rounder and a well planned and thought through event. This seems to be taking hospitality to the next level for the area. A definite one to watch. Good luck farely

Owen G

Stands apart from other venues. Seems to combine elegance and quality of the West End without compromising on the down to earth East-London feel. Really enjoyed this event.

Sofia Z

Enjoyed the haloween rave yesterday. The basement made a perfect upside-down hangout. Definitely coming back to Falley Macallan for the next one. Thanks for a spooktacular night guys.

Jess C

A really good night. The small plate food was flavoursome and good value together with the wine pairings. Looking forward to our work Christmas lunch.

George V

Our company held an event here and the staff were attentive and efficient despite dealing with more attendees than we had projected for. Thanks for being flexible and for a fantastic evening of food and wine. We've already booked in our Xmas party here.

Felix L

Attended the 'Stranger Things' halloween party last night. Great vibes and an inventive theme made it a really great halloween. Started out by booking a table for dinner and was very impressed with the quality of food. Will be keeping an eye on future events here.

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