Posted on 03/07/2019
Who knew you could forage ingredients for dinner in East London? That’s exactly what Shane Harrison does when he has a spare moment, searching for elderflower, nettles and wild fungi on Hackney Marshes to embellish dishes at his very own restaurant Shane’s on Canalside.
Despite its opulent food, the restaurant has an informal, chilled out vibe, filled with plants and homely wooden furniture. It’s ‘field to plate’ ethos stems from Shane’s upbringing in New Zealand, which involved farming, fishing, foraging and teaching bush survival. As well as using foraged ingredients, Shane sources food from small ethical producers, culminating in a colourful seasonal menu that includes chicken-of-the-woods with nettle-wrapped goats cheese, wood pigeon, and elderflower posset among its dishes. The restaurant is also open for brunch – buttermilk pancakes anyone?
Before brunch, lunch or dinner at Shane’s, work up your appetite with a walk along the canal; perhaps venturing into Wick Woodland or Queen Elizabeth Park to wander its many trails, or further afield to Victoria Park – London’s oldest public park. There you can explore the floral sunken gardens, boating lakes, memorials and the stunning Chinese pagoda, before heading back into Hackney along the Hertford Union Canal. The nearest train station to Shane’s is Hackney Wick.