Recently, we were invited down to Stoke Newington’s newest all-day restaurant, cafe and bar, Haunt. We were more than excited to pay them a visit (not just because we’re quite religious about brunch) but because as one half of the dynamic duo that is Patches and Flash lives near Stoke Newington, we’ve loved seeing the development of the area over time and the fantastic restaurants that have opened up because of it!
As soon as you enter Haunt, you are instantly struck by the laid back atmosphere and Scandi sensibility. With cosy cafe-style furnishings at the front and a more vast, well-lit dining space at the back, it is exactly the kind of place we’d love to while away the hours over a good cup of coffee or two (which is exactly what we did).
Given that we were nursing slightly sore office Christmas party heads when we arrived, we quickly stocked up on liquid refreshment and ordered a couple of coffees and a Raspberry Beret smoothie. The smoothie was fresh and an instant pick me up, while the coffee was at that all important ready-to-drink temperature.
There’s an impressive brunch menu served at the weekends, with all the standard items you’d expect. Avocados, poached eggs and salmon are all here in abundance, as well as the perhaps less obvious choice of smoked duck. Naturally we just had to order a plate (smoked duck with potato & bacon hash brown) and were completely taken aback by how much we enjoyed it. As two kids who have enjoyed many an avocado over brunch it was really nice to have something a little bit different on the menu for a change!
While we were there we also took a quick look at the dinner menu, which had several sharing platters available (the smoked duck is here too, incase you can’t make it down for brunch), making it the ideal location to bring a group of mates and enjoy a relaxed evening meal.
Aside from the fantastic array of food options and laid back surroundings, Haunt also offers an event space perfect for everything from live music gigs to Saturday morning yoga sessions. We’re told the yoga will cost around £8 per session, with a nice 10% off brunch afterwards to sweeten the deal and satisfy the post-exercise cravings; definitely something we’ll be coming back to try out ourselves!
To find about more about Haunt, check out hauntlondon.com
Patches & Flash x