Yet more hip, pop-up news for Hackney’s Ã¼ber-trendy London Fields as self proclaimed ‘East End drinks maverick’ Gerry Calabrese (founder of Hoxton Pony and Hoxton Gin) brings a new venture to Hackney’s Laundry Building. Wringer & Mangle will take over the site that until recently housed Scott Hallsworth’s (of Kurobuta fame) pan-Asian eating and drinking den, Joe’s Oriental Diner.
This latest temporary restaurant will feature an expansive all-weather terrace, inventive drinks menu offering variations on the classic “Collins” cocktail and an ever-evolving series of art exhibitions. Located directly opposite the iconic London Fields Brewery, Wringer & Mangle will feature a 250-cover bar and restaurant. Guests can enjoy the outdoor courtyard, kept warm by a fire pit and seven foot smoker, while surrounded by reclaimed wood, Russian ivy plants, flickering lights and Victorian lamps.
Expect mismatched tables, Chesterfields, wingback chairs, a giant light box lit with Victorian bulbs (what else?), a copper tubing sculpture and an exhibition of local photography and art from in and around Hackney. There’s even an indoor pergola and garden area at the rear of the building.
Gerry and his brother, Jon Calabrese, have created an inventive drinks list, while chef Oisin Coyle (Terroirs, D&D’s Skylon) provides the food menu. Sundays will offer ‘Build Your Own Roast’ with afternoon tea also on the menu every day from 2-4pm.