As long as I have lived in Hackney, the Fox has seemed like a dodgy boozer. Very close to my old house I only went in once and decided everyone else there was a gangster - pictures of the Krays on the wall etc.
But times move on, and its now ran by a Sicilian alumni of Jamie Olivers 15. And as well as great food, it has a big retractable screen that they bring out for Italian football.
- The Fox, 372 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London E8 4DA 0871 207 4815