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ACME FIRE CULT TO GO PERM AT 40FT BREWERY IN DALSTON

Fire meets beer in Dalston as Acme Fire Cult, the live fire kitchen from Andrew Clarke and Daniel Watkins, is opening a permanent restaurant (with a covered and heated terrace) at 40FT Brewery. The pair have been popping up around East London, including a summer residency at London Fields Courtyard last year, and now they’re taking the concept to the next level by collabing with Steve Ryan of 40FT, to use beer brewing by-products in their cooking – hello Acme Marmite and hot sauce made from beer-soaked chillies.

The menu will showcase veggies, dayboat fish, and native breed meat from regenerative farms, with dishes like grilled leeks with pistachio romesco; beetroot with sweet & sour dill dressing, beetroot puree & pickled blueberries, cooked in the ‘first runnings’ of 40FT Brewery Sunset Hazy IPA; char siu of monkfish with jalapeno verde & grilled sea vegetables; coal roasted celeriac, mushroom kelp XO, coco bean miso & salsa verde flatbread; smoked shortrib (glazed in molasses made from 40FT Eccles Cake Stout), mustard greens, beef fat cream & ancho koji flatbread; and half herb-fed chicken with vadouvan butter, tropea onion & creme fraiche.

The restaurant will have ten beer taps pouring fresh brews, with 40FT knocking up a special edition beer each month to go with the menu. First up will be Acme Dark Lager, a schwarzbier with chocolate and ancho chilli notes. There’ll also be beer-based cocktails, negronis, margaritas and a wine list from Half Cut Market’s Holly Willcocks. And if you like the sound of that and can’t wait for the April opening, Acme Fire Cult will be running some limited, outdoor only ‘First Fires’ teasers throughout the rest of March.

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Opens Fri 1st April 2022
Abbot Street Car Park, London, E8 3DP 
acmefirecult.com

Photo credit: Steve Ryan