Exploring Shoreditch, & a trip to Mother Clucker.



The very best thing about Miss Tania having just moved over to Shoreditch (aside from the fact that she’s now in the UK and not the other side of the world like this time last year…) is that it gives me a great excuse to explore a part of London I’m not familiar with at all! Up until a couple of weeks ago the only time I’d ever really explored the Shoreditch/Brick Lane area of London was during a trip to the vintage shops a year or so ago, and so last week Tania and I set aside a bit of time dedicated solely to exploring her new home turf.

Turns out, by ‘explore’ we meant ‘get lost on so-simple-they-should-be-idiot-proof 5 minute journies, and then continue to walk the wrong way even after resorting to using our phones as sat navs’! I’m not sure which of us has a worse sense of direction, to be honest with you- thank goodness Shoreditch has such awesome street art it wasn’t a hardship walking down so many roads necessarily! ;)
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What I wore :: Chambray shirt || Jeans || Loafers (originally via Boden) || Watch || Handbag

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First place on our hitlist was The Albion, for coffees and chit chat. I’d never even heard of the place before last week, and am so very glad we’ve been introduced, Albion and I, since it’s totally divine. A photographer’s dream, too! I actually let out a little gasp of happiness when we rounded the corner and I saw how beautifully arranged all the fruit and veg was outside the front of the deli, because the past almost three years of camera-wielding have turned me into an all out dork when it comes to things like this. Is vegetable-arranger/cafe organiser a job? If so, I’d like to apply for the position. Maybe I’d call myself a Curator of Produce. A Professional Flora Stylist. ANYWAY. I’ve been sidetracked…

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^^ A flat white for me (as always, I’m so predictable) and an elderflower/mint concoction for Tan. Don’t you love the school dining hall table set up? ^^


We very nearly were tempted by the array of cakes and sweet treats on offer, but decided to save our appetites for the next spot on our agenda…Mother Clucker!

I can’t remember how I found out about Mother Clucker, but I’ve known about their magical, wondrous existence for easily 18 months now and have been trying to make plans to visit this whole time. And you know what? It was totally worth the wait. Mother Clucker are based in the Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane, and serve up fried chicken that knocks KFC’s offering clean out of the park! The chicken gets brined then dipped in a buttermilk batter (twice, so says the MC site!), and fried to crispy perfection. The Cajun fries are equally delicious (I’d go so far as to say they’re maybe the tastiest I’ve ever eaten)- loaded with salt and with a hint of spice. Nothing short of glorious.

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 Would’ya look at that? Tania and I shared a portion of the Cajun fries and strips, and both agreed you’d have to be *really* hungry to eat a whole portion to yourself. Also on the menu is the ‘Cluckwitch’- strips of fried chicken in a brioche bun with homemade hot sauce, lime mayo, and picked peppers- that I’m pretty keen to try next time I’m nearby one of their trucks. And not as if we needed a reason to go back, but their famous Mac n Cheese wasn’t available from the Truman Brewery truck (it’s Camden only apparently, boo!) so another visit might just be on the cards. With Jason next time too, since he was green with envy when I showed him these photos!

Since we couldn’t get the mac n cheese we’d been counting on, Tania suggested we sample one of the South American ‘arepas’ being served from the next truck along instead. I’ve clean forgotten the name of that food truck, but I’ve honestly not stopped thinking about the slow cooked beef arepas they were serving ever since. The beef was melt in the mouth delicious, smashed together with black beans, cheese, red onion, avocado, and fresh tomato, all served inside a warm flatbread made from ground maize. The bread sort of reminded me of gnocchi…maybe gnocchi crossed with pita bread? I’m not sure, but it was carby and delicious and *very* filling.

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All in all, it wasn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon! And just to reassure you we did do something else other than just…eat, Tania and I did also stop into a couple of vintage shops, but left pretty sharpish after realising that the vintage dresses we were trying on made us look like sister wives. So, that was that! ;)

** Both food trucks are located in Elys Yard at the Truman Brewery, and Mother Clucker deliver (via Deliveroo) within London. Now, just *when* is Surrey going to get a delivery service to match London’s, hey?

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  • ninegrandstudent

    I’ve had the Mac’n'Cheese from Mother Clucker (I was in Brick Lane…maybe they have changed since December…?) and it is glorious. Seriously worth the calories! x

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  • emily couture

    what stunning photos :)

    emily xx


  • http://imogenscribbles.co.uk Imogen H

    This looks delicious! And I completely understand you on the sense of direction point… I’m pretty much the joke amongst my friends and family because I can’t seem to use a map or my phone sat nav no matter how short the journey is! I recently had to get from Earl’s Court to West Brompton (a 5 minute walk) in order to catch a bus to Gatwick Airport… And I managed to make the journey 20 minutes and miss it. I was pretty much a straight road as well!

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  • Anna

    In looove with your shoes <3


  • http://www.dentonandlou.com/ Denton & Lou

    I’ll take an afternoon with multiple food trucks any ol day :)

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  • https://rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    I love the Truman Brewery area and Mother Clucker is always delicious! X

  • http://www.alittlelusciousness.com/ rosie alittlelusciousness

    Love the Mother Clucker cluckwitch – so worth going back for! Also, I think the arepas stand is called Guasacaca?! I tried them yesterday for the first time and they’re heavenly – love the avocado with it.
    Rosie xx

  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    I can totally get on board with this sort of afternoon – food galore and exploring, what a perfect day!

    Lauren x

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  • http://www.relokate.eu/ Kate Jordan

    I love Shoreditch! I’m headed there for a weekend soon to celebrate my sister’s upcoming wedding and I can’t wait!

  • Jenn Sie

    Mother Clucker was a ‘fast lunch’ option for me when I was busy at work and needed something to take back to eat at my desk. I worked just the other side of Ely’s Yard.

  • Sophie

    Don’t know how you resisted the goodies at The Albion! I’m not familiar with this part of London either but have saved your post so I can check these places out!

    Sophie. x

  • http://www.fromplatetopen.com/ Sarah

    Love your photography! The Albion looks/sounds amazing! Adding it to my eateries to visit in London.

    Nosebag NI

  • Pili G

    This place looks so lovely! I love the photos!



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  • http://www.songsofstillness.com/ Natalie | Songs of Stillness

    Ohh, what a wonderful afternoon! That food looks aaamazing!

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  • http://thecourtneydiaries.com Courtney

    The fried chicken looks delicious! I’ve always loved food trucks and all of the different options they provide for a quick meal xx


  • Lizzie Woodman

    Wow, that chicken looks amazing! And how adorable are those little fruit tarts?

  • https://swanlake1701.wordpress.com/ NGOC LAN

    Every time I see the fruit and veg in the grocery store, I feel excited too. They look so fresh.

  • Izzy

    Looks delicious, such a cute post x


  • http://www.igaberry.com/ Iga Berry

    Scones are my fav. I feel like I am repeating myself here. Scones and pugs, pugs and scones… :)

    You can find my latest post decided being a better listener here: http://www.igaberry.com/2015/03/5-tips-to-be-better-listener.html

    Also I am one of your happy followers on twitter now!
    Have a great day! Iga x

  • http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com/ Caroline L.

    You girls always go on the most epic culinary adventures!! Oh, to be invited one day ;)

  • http://www.creativecountryside.com Creative Countryside

    I love the Albion! I once diverted my journey there to buy croissants to bring back home to my other half after a trip to London because they are so good. Looks like you had a lovely day!

  • http://www.somewhereyonder.co/ Claire (@Kurea_San)

    Snap :) I stopped by The Albion for brunch on Sunday. Their scrambled eggs are amazing!
    Claire xx

  • Pearl Costello

    Wow, it looks so tasty! If you’re exploring Elys Yard in the future you should check out We Are Caboose too – they do the most amazing melt in your mouth pulled meats :) (and are often on the Wriggle London App too for last minute deals).


  • Helena

    Exploring a new city is just incredible – especially if it’s with one of your best friends. Hope you had a wonderful time. The pictures tells me that you did!


  • http://stampplease.blogspot.com/ Camille

    That fried chicken looks incredible!

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  • http://www.navellina.blogspot.com Nadya Elvina

    That fried chicken really looks nice! Great pics :)


  • http://nicolecoltman.blogspot.co.uk nicole

    This looks like a great day out, I really want to explore shoreditch more as it sounds like such a great part of London! xx

  • Brooke

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now (first comment) and these posts always make me miss London SO much! I lived just outside of London for a year ages ago and I’m itching for a trip back. This looks like a fabulous day of eating. I don’t eat meat, but wouldn’t mind polishing off those fries one bit!

  • Jo Fisher

    Great post! You’re stunning and your photography is wonderful :)


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