What they say:
Arts collective specialists Jaguar Shoes have ventured out of their native Shoreditch for the first time to open the Hand of Glory pop-up in Hackney. This intimate bar on Amhurst Road pays tribute to the “dark art of brewing cider, rural food & wiccan arts in a British folklore inspired pop-up.” There are a selection of delightful ciders plucked from some of rural Britain's leading brewers, a glut of different British ales, and a heavy emphasis on creativity and artistic expression accordingly. But the lure of Hand of Glory doesn't stop there, as street food merchants Fleisch Mob are on hand to quell the threat of hunger with a traditional British menu.
What we say:
Jaguar Shoes' passion for art, local quality tipples and tasty rural food shines through for all to see. The folks behind the Hand of Glory "believe in, and aim to motivate positve change, through creative output", and it's refreshing to see a place open that is quite clearly more concerned with bringing its guests a collective all-round experience than one driven by financial motivations. Marrying their extensive artistic expertise with genuinely quality tipples means that the venue attracts not just art lovers but ale enthusiasts and cider fanatics alike. A welcome new addition to the Hackney scene.