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A Draughts board game café is opening in an old pie and mash shop

A Draughts board game café is opening in an old pie and mash shop
Photograph: Rob Greig

The bar-meets-gaming den Draughts has been taking the bored out of board games since it opened in Hackney in 2014 – and now it’s relocating to an even bigger and better venue.

Draughts Haggerston will be closing its doors and moving to 41 Kingsland High Street, formerly Shanghai, and before that, pie and mash shop F Cooke. 

The pie shop set up here in 1910, meaning the Grade II-listed site will be brimming with architectural goodies, from art deco-style tiles to marble-topped counters and custom-made wooden benches.

Photograph: Draughts

From tomorrow (October 18), gamers will be able to spread out across two beautifully decorated floors, setting up to game in one of the many cosy nooks and crannies. 

Of course, board games are still the star of the show here. There’s more than 1,000 to choose from, including retro names, cult classics, hard-to-find games and, err, Hungry Hungry Hippos. 

Photograph: Draughts

Gaming antics will be fuelled by a selection of booze and food, with craft beers and board game-themed cocktails ensuring that nothing is left unsaid in a tense game of Monopoly. 

Bookings are now open for Draughts Dalston, and – top tip – there’s 50 per cent off the food menu on Saturday and Sunday (October 19 and 20). 

Find Draughts’ new venue at 41 Kingsland High St, E8 2JS 

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