Arguably the epicentre of London’s craft brewing movement, Hackney has become home to some of the capital’s best-loved breweries. Hackney Brewery have been blazing a trail over there since 2011, and have not only established themselves as one of London’s most innovative brewers, but also our personal favourites. Which is why we are truly honoured and excited to be hosting the launch of Hackney’s 1000th brew at The Gipsy Queen on 29th January. We hope you’ll join us for this seminal event, when you’ll be able to meet the brewers themselves, sample their 1000th Brew as well as some of their other beloved brews and kick up your heels to some live sounds.
Things got very egg-citing one chilly Tuesday night earlier this month at The Canonbury pub, as 21 top UK chefs battled it out in the fifth annual Scotch Egg Challenge. The place was packed to the rafters with eager egg fans, including a number of London’s most influential chefs and restaurateurs, in addition to an esteemed panel of judges comprising Evening Standard’s food critic and Queen of the London restaurant scene Fay Maschler, journalist and food writer Zoe Williams, Guardian food editor Bob Granleese, restaurateur Henry Harris and ‘restaurant guru’ Hugh Wright.
Our very own Tom Humphries was amongst the contenders, producing the little beauty pictured below, which you can try for yourself on our bar menu available all day every day. Best of all, his Pork Shoulder and Fennel creation scooped second place! We couldn’t be more pleased or proud. Well done Tom!
Join us 11th-13th September as we bid a bittersweet goodbye to summer with our Caribbean Weekender. With free entry all weekend long and a host of Caribbean-inspired elements, this weekend is set to banish end-of-season blues.
‘Ron’s BBQ’ will be fired up from 5pm on Friday 11th all the way through til closing on Sunday, serving up lip-smacking favourites such as Jerk Chicken.
Live sounds from Subajah set the tone on Saturday 12th from 7pm, followed by a DJ set from unparalleled party-makers Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ Zara
Keep little ones entertained daytimes with Kite and Carnival Mask making (adults welcome to join in too)
Caribbean cocktails and drinks such as ‘Rum ‘n’ Ting’ will be served all weekend long, perfect for loosening up ready to hone your hula-hooping skills with the Sparkly Hula Girls!
On Tuesday 4th August, Truman’s Brewery will coming down to talk all you beer lovers through their philosophy on beer, how they brew, their history and not forgetting… handing out samples of some of their finest beers for you to taste.
Then on Thursday 7th with help from the good people at Bibendum Wines we will be holding a wine and cheese night, when we will be pairing 3 wines and a Port, with a selection of the finest British cheeses. For an all in price of £15 per person. The pub will remain open to all, and everyone is free to join in the wine & cheese fun as you please.
Although the previous owner made vast improvements to the pub in only very recent times, we were still keen to put our own stamp on the place before reopening and also bring a bit more of a traditional feel back in. We hope you’ll like what we’ve done with it… the final big reveal will be at our opening party on Friday 26th June!
Lots and lots of you have been asking this question and although we sadly can’t give you a definitive answer, we can say we’re very confidently aiming for the weekend of 19th/20th June!
The refurb is really getting there now (more on this later) and the team are getting prepared as we speak so all being well we’ll see you all very soon indeed.
Keep in touch with us on Twitter @gipsyqueennw5 in the mean time and by all means say hi when you’re passing! We’ll update you on developments whenever we can.
Bye for now and see you soon
Susie, Joel & Aidan