I stumbled across The Proud Archivist whilst flat hunting in the area. The flat was rubbish but this place is just great…….so glad I found it. The Proud Archivist is a Cafe, Bar, Restaurant, Gallery, Theatre, Library, Event Space, Community/Culture site on the Regents Canal just near Haggerston Overground. The concept and delivery is overseen by Archivist creator & maestro Hector Proud. On the cafe/restaurant side this is an all day venue serving hearty brunch dishes, Deli sandwiches, Sunday Roasts, Cakes, Pastries & Machiatos etc. At night it becomes more contemporay Bistro with Rib Eye Steaks, Sea Bream with Pequito Peppers and the PA Big Mac. The kitchen is open plan so you can watch the chefs at work……if that’s your thing. The drinks list is full on, wines are not your usual cafe selection, there is plenty of choice & all up to date with current trends, good value Albarino, Sancerre and Rousanne on the Whites and Barossa Valley Shiraz and Crozes Hermitage worth trying on the Reds. The bar is a great place to get smashed with all the Vodkas, Rums, Single Malts, Bourbon, Gins and Cocktails you could possibly hope for…….nice to see Martin Millers Gin on the list. Teas, coffees, Chegworth juices, artisan beers etc etc also all feature. The staff are very friendly and efficient and are a major force in the feelgood factor of this venue. Up stairs holds a library of books, games and activities, there is also free wifi. A large venue spread over two floors so there is lots of choice on where to sit and there are two separate canal terraces.
There is so much going on here every week that it is impossible to list all of the events but the website has a great “What’s on” page and Newsletter so that you can sign up and get email alerts of forthcoming events. As a taster next week at TPA sees Paper Cuts art exhibition, Henry V (yes Shakespeare), Yoga, Spanish for Kids, The Bumforth Manor Collection and plenty more. The PA also hosts regular pop up food events from Michelin star to street food. Next week features an Etch Kitchen Residency and Yolk Pop Up event.
When to go: Sunday Morning….or anytime
What to Eat: Start with Brunch and stay for Sunday Lunch