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    The Dead Dolls Club

    City and East London, London

    About the bar

    The kitchen at the Dead Dolls Club in Dalston has recently been given over to The Foragers, a collective who make food using ingredients growing wild and (reasonably) locally: unusual herbs and berries, plenty of game. While this is all very of the moment, foraging being something of a growing trend, these guys clearly know what they're doing and the resulting dishes are as tasty as they are inventive. The food menu features a selection of small plates. Trout is cured with hedgerow berries, wood pigeon comes with a rosehip barbecue sauce and the goat's cheese is served with Hertfordshire honey, fennel - and something called hairy bittercress. Their Sunday roasts are also well worth checking out. The cocktail list meanwhile has a Downton Abbey feel, with drinks named the Lady of the Manor, a bellini-like mix of vodka, peach puree, apple and prosecco, The Duchess, a haughty thing is laced with poppy seed liqueur, and the Butler which blends bourbon with apricot marmalade. There's also a special Forager cocktail, made with fresh, foraged ingredients, which changes regularly depending on what they have in. The space and the crowd are very east London in atmosphere, the decor has a wry country house vibe - with antique decanters and candelabra dotted about the place coupled with a more rakish edge that's pure Hackney.

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