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I’ve been going to Hoxton for years well before it became so trendy that even the train station sign is cool. From the mid 80s on I used to play at The Bass Clef jazz club which also became an important venue in the early drum and bass scene, the club nights subsidising the more swinging bass and drum sounds of the jazz cats. Watching an area you know change so radically is a bit like watching a child develop. Brats can become sophisticated, urbane and charming and the sweetest children can turn into monsters….
We start off with a Hoxton Fizz (£8). It’s a cool cucumber, vodka, lemon juice and elderflower concoction and is a perfect cooler for an early summer’s evening. The Master Grey (£8) has more of a citrus flavour and tasted like a Tequila Sunrise that had gone to finishing school. It was a blend of blanco Tequila, Earl Grey, lemon juice, orange juice and marmalade.
With the alcohol starting to hit the spot it was time for some nosh. Grilled pepperoncini (£3.50) were hot and salty-without the kick of the now ubiquitous Padron peppers but still very good.
For “dessert” we had a Lady of Bergamot made from Gin, Bergamot, lemon and egg white (£8.50). It was a kind of runny lemon syllabub cocktail and pretty good for that.
I’d be very happy if Beagle was my local hangout. The cocktails are reasonably priced and well made with distinct flavours and there is an attractive selection of local beers; the small but perfectly formed bar menu had some definite hits. I’d like to try the restaurant next to see how Ferguson fares on a bigger scale.