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Neighbourhood Dining Maestros Bring Bistro and Canteen to Famed Hoxton Museum

Molly’s Cafe at the Museum of the Home comes from the teams behind celebrated gastropubs the Anchor and Hope and Clarence Tavern

Pot-roast chicken, focaccia, fennel with romesco and herbed potatoes from The Clarence Tavern, with the chicken in a Dutch oven and the other dishes surrounding it on white plates
Pot-roast chicken, focaccia, fennel with romesco and herbed potatoes from The Clarence Tavern, which will open a Hoxton restaurant
The Clarence Tavern [Official Photo]

The team behind celebrated pubs both old — The Anchor and Hope, on the Cut — and new — The Clarence Tavern, in Stoke Newington — will open a new bistro and canteen at a new, old Hoxton landmark: The Museum of the Home. Molly’s Cafe will open at the cultural space formerly known as the Geffrye Museum, with an evening bar / bistro joined by a garden canteen, according to Hot Dinners.

The space is currently under construction, opening on the site of the Marquis of Lansdowne pub. The Museum of the Home restored the building during its refurbishment works on the wider complex, after it had plans to demolish it voted down in 2013. The split between bistro and canteen will also allow the chefs to flex a little in the manner of the Clarence Tavern, which created an all-day menu and selection of baked goods in 2020 as a response to the coronavirus pandemic and will put those skills to use in the canteen, which will open for breakfast. Dinner will be the familiar comforting but considered food that has been a mainstay of both pubs, with the addition of deep-fried bar snacks and fritters; a merguez sandwich, and more.

With London enjoying many quality museum and gallery cafes, Molly’s looks set to be a solid addition to the roster when it opens in May. More soon.

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