Hackney Hamper is a new approach to the traditional hamper; an original array of high quality products made in Hackney by small producers, presented in a bespoke recycled case. A contemporary slice of culinary life and a reflection of the passion and entrepreneurial spirit that comes from all corners of the community. It is this spirit that makes the borough one of the most thriving, energetic and diverse areas of London.
Due to the nature of our small scale producers, products may occasionally be unavailable and might be replaced at any time for similar items.
Dalston Cola was conceived in 2010. Refusing to sell big brand coke, barman Steve Wilson decided to make his own. Researching the recipe, he discovered the most interesting ingredient was the caffeine rich cola nut, a West African stimulant, but they taste awful and need to be disguised with a cauldron of citrus, sugars and spices. Steve joined forces with friend and food entrepreneur Duncan O’Brien and after trying many recipes, they developed a natural drink that tastes great and is better for the body, and planet, than many other brands.
Officially launched in June 2012, Dalston Cola is currently distributed to many of Hackney’s independent cafés and bars and is quickly becoming the drink to be mixing with on the London scene.
Beavertown Brewery was formed in 2011 by Logan Plant in the De Beauvoir area of Hackney. The name is derived from the old Cockney term for the historic area famed across Victorian London for its rich characters and infinite revelry!
The brewery quickly outgrew its first home and is now nestled in Tottenham Hale. Their award winning beers are famed throughout Hackney and this year we’re featuring 2 of their tasty cans:
Gamma Ray American Pale Ale is a brew you can sit on and drink all day, rammed with juicy malts and tropical aromas of mango and grapefruit. The beer is dry hopped for days, driving the punchy perfume that you can smell from miles away!
Neck Oil is Beavertown’s every day, all day, easy drinking IPA – a light, punchy beer. Extra pale base malts are used to keep it crisp and give the hops a great platform to dance on. Masses of late hop additions throughout the last 20 minutes of the boil and a huge dose of dry hops make this a brilliantly ‘easy’ IPA.
After experimenting with various cuisines from around the world, amateur chef Ben fell in love with the Scotch Bonnet chilli, which became the basis of his first homemade hot sauce. The sauce was an instant success and when friends began demanding more, he founded Dalston Chillies to keep up with demand, selling it from behind the turn tables at his DJ sets.
All his sauces are made from the freshest ingredients and Ben has worked hard on balancing the salt and vinegar to keep his sauces free from any artificial preservatives. We feature his chipotle ketchup (sweet, vinegary, and smoky) and his Bajan hot sauce.
Soffles Pitta Chips
Sophie Harvey started making pitta chips at home in Hackney for friends three years ago. They were so popular she found herself cooking up a logo and giving out her creations at private views. Eighteen months later she managed to quit her job in an art gallery to focus on chip-making.
Sophie says: “Hackney has been a great place to start as people in pubs and cafes are really up for trying new independent products and so are the people in Hackney. Making the chips is extremely labour intensive but when the day is done and I can go and deliver them, I get such a good reaction it’s really worth all the roasting.”
We like to serve up Soffles’ Chilli & Garlic flavour pitta chips.
eat chic peanut butter cups
eat chic has created a natural alternative to the ever-popular chocolate peanut butter cup. Founded in Hackney in 2014, by Californian Lotta Andonian, the chocolates are handmade using high-quality British and organic ingredients.
The perfect sweet-salty balance is achieved by using their signature 73% dark chocolate, or deep milk, filled with lightly sweetened organic peanut butter and topped with Maldon sea salt.
As well as peanut butter cups, we offer eat chic cups filled with roasted almond butter, hazelnut butter, and cashew butter with toppings such as organic toasted coconut and pink peppercorn. All the cups are gluten-free, palm-oil free, and preservative-free.
Leighton Brown vegetable crisps
Leighton Brown was started by three friends who all hail from the food industry.
After making root veg crisps at home, Cara realised there weren’t many interesting flavours out there and asked her chef friends, Dom and Chris, to help develop her idea for parsnip and manuka honey crisps. Combining creative tastes and classic combinations, Leighton Brown have gone from strength to strength.
The root veg are gently cooked in sunflower oil and hand seasoned with natural flavours to enhance the taste and give the crisps a bit of a kick. Along with their award winning parsnip crisps we also feature their most recent flavour, Beetroot Horseradish & Dill.
Joe's Tea Company
From helping out in his family’s pub kitchen as a child, via Brighton’s flamboyant organic trade in his twenties, to pitching up in London to head up production at an organic tea company, Joe has always lived and breathed the trade of taste. and loving how, a little seed was sown.
After much toil, travels and fine tea guzzling, Joe’s Tea Company was launched in 2012. Joe’s dream? To bring us our favourite hot drink in its finest form, to tingle our taste buds with quirky and colourful concoctions, and to keep it real, to celebrate the moments shared over a quality cuppa.
The Roasting Shed
The Roasting Shed is a small batch coffee roastery in Hackney. They hand-roast carefully selected beans from farm around the world that have been specifically chosen for their superior flavour and quality, and comply with fair trade initiatives.
The Roasting Shed was founded by Ricardo who grew up on a coffee farm in the lush hills of Quindío, Colombia. He uses his first-hand experience of cultivation, harvest & processing to select the finest green beans and develop each roast to bring out the bean’s specific characteristics
Life is too short to drink bad coffee.
The secret of PaMa Creations lies in the production; local and fresh ingredients and mixed with love.
Patka & Martin founded PaMa in 2011 while discovering the RAW food scene in California. Living RAW food became a passion and love which PaMa wanted to share and so it all began.
Now mostly selling in East London in Mother Earth organic shops, markets and through home deliveries, PaMa is fast becoming known by foodies and raw connoisseurs across London and beyond.
Gregor's Umami Dressing
Gregor’s background is in fresh produce – he has been an organic greengrocer for 12 years, including a long period at Growing Communities, a community-led organic box scheme and urban food growing project. In the rare moments he’s not thinking about food, he’s drinking speciality coffee or craft beer.
Loretta has an early background in media and a life-long passion for discovering new food products. A keen cook, she is the undisputed Gravy Queen of North London, and has a fondness for her native Kiwi Marborough Sauvignon Blanc. She uses Gregor’s dressing in all manner of food preparation and decided it was time to share the flavours with everyone else.
Butler’s Lemongrass & Cardamom Gin
Butler’s Gin is a new, British, artisan spirit produced in Hackney and set to become the drink of choice for the cognoscenti, bringing something extraordinary to every occasion.
Originally developed on a boat in London’s Docklands, Butler’s Gin is inspired by a Victorian recipe. The gin is placed in a 20-litre glass jar and infused with fresh lemongrass, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, fennel, lemon and lime. The light green-meets-yellow tint is achieved by the Butler’s addition of lemongrass and cardamom – a unique blend of that aroma therapists consider both refreshment and a relaxant. It is then hand-bottled and each bottle is signed by The Butler.
Square Root Soda
Their sodas are made from fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, where possible, and are juiced or infused by hand. The little sugar that they add is either British grown beet sugar or organic & Fairtrade cane sugar. And that’s it. No compromises.
Launched in 2014, Minor Figures Cold Brew Coffee is aiming to bring the latest coffee trend to the masses whilst upholding the quality and value of speciality coffee.
In their microbrewery in Hackney Wick, they steep a blend of the season’s best coffee beans in cold filtered water for 18 hours before mixing it with organic milk and lightly sweetening it to produce a rich, full flavoured and ultra-natural cold coffee drink.
Love Jam Kitchen
Love Jam Kitchen is committed to sourcing the best local fruit. Jam maker extraordinaire, Mira, makes her preserves in the traditional way – in a small home kitchen in batches of 25 jars. The fruit is hand-cut and heated for the shortest time possible to retain all the flavour. Producing jams in this way creates deliciously fruity, soft set jams.
Mira sources all of her fruit as locally as possible; a beautiful Victoria plum tree in a Hackney garden is the sole source of her plum jam. Her damsons are picked around the corner and the crab apples, berries and other wild delicacies are foraged nearby.
Committed to quality and the slow food movement, their award-winning preserves are packed with flavour and love.
Pressure Drop Brewing
Pressure Drop was formed by Graham, Sam and Ben, three blokes in a railway arch doing lots of trials and cleaning and trying to make the tastiest beers they can.
Wu Gang Chops the Tree is a pale and hazy wheat beer with hints of clove, citrus, and banana and brewed with foraged herbs. Low in alcohol but with plenty of flavour, this is a perfect thirst-quencher.
Eat Chic Peanut Butter Cups
eat chic is a new artisan chocolate company based off Broadway Market that produces a natural alternative to the ever-popular chocolate peanut butter cup for people who love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, but don’t love all the artificial ingredients and preservatives that tend to come with it.
They use their signature 73% chocolate or deep milk, filled with lightly sweetened peanut butter and topped with Maldon sea salt, or roasted almond, hazelnut or cashew butter in place of peanut butter.
The chocolates are handmade using high-quality British and organic ingredients; are gluten-free, palm-oil free, and preservative-free; and the dark chocolate are vegan and dairy-free. We’ve basically made a guilt-free version of that infamous American chocolate peanut butter cup, so that everyone can eat chic, eat chocolate.