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Step Into Hackney's Enchanting Cocktail Bar: The Natural Philosopher's Story

Updated: Jun 7

a birds eye view of a cocktail on The Natural Philosopher bar

Here at The Natural Philosopher, a hidden cocktail gem in Hackney, we believe in doing things a bit differently. Unlike many bars in London, our cocktail crafting isn't just about mixing spirits. It's about creating an experience that resonates with the soul of our vibrant East London community. Our secret? A dash of foraged magic and a sprinkle of the unusual, carefully blended to stand out in the melting pot of cultures that define our neighbourhood. Nestled in the heart of Hackney, our cocktail bar is a hidden treasure for those seeking a blend of classic and contemporary in their drinks.

Foraged Flavours: Our Creative Essence

Our journey of mixology starts with an adventure into the wild – foraging. We don't just pick any ingredient; we look for those that spark curiosity. Each foraged item, whether it's a fragrant Douglas Fir or the salty tang of Rock Samphire, undergoes a thorough process to determine the best method of flavour extraction. It's a delicate dance with nature, ensuring we capture the essence of each ingredient, whether through a gentle infusion, a syrup, or a more robust cooking process. As a distinguished Hackney cocktail bar, The Natural Philosopher prides itself on offering an eclectic mix of foraged ingredients and innovative mixology.

Crafting Seasonal Stories Through Cocktails

At The Natural Philosopher, our menus are alive with the seasons, changing and adapting to what nature offers. This approach means sometimes our concoctions are fleeting, lasting only a few weeks, while others form the backbone of our menu for months. The creation of these menus is a labour of love, requiring extensive planning to align with nature's timing. Once set, these menus are a commitment – a promise of consistency and quality to our guests.

TERRAIN: A Culinary Map of the British Isles

Our latest menu, TERRAIN, is a testament to this commitment. It's a journey through the diverse terrains of the UK, from urban landscapes to misty moorlands, each drink a story of its own. Ingredients like Meadowsweet and Marsh Labrador are not just flavours; they are narrators of the rich tapestry of the British countryside.

The TERRAIN menu surround with postcards of its interior artwork

A Day at The Natural Philosopher: More Than Mixing Drinks

Each day at our bar is a flurry of activity – accepting deliveries of unique ingredients, prepping for service, and ensuring everything is perfect. We batch our cocktails, not just for efficiency, but for consistency and perfection. This method gives us the freedom to engage with you, our guests, creating connections and memories, one cocktail at a time.

Celebrating a Decade of Cocktail Artistry on Hackney Road

This year is special for us. It marks ten years of The Natural Philosopher's presence on Hackney Road – a journey through the highs and lows of the hospitality world. Surviving a decade in this industry, especially through challenges like the pandemic and the cost of living crisis, is no small feat. It's a testament to our passion for creating extraordinary cocktail experiences.

Your Invitation to Our Enchanted World

We're open all week, from Monday to Sunday, ready to welcome you into our enchanting world of flavours. Whether you're revisiting or discovering us for the first time, we're here to take you on a journey of taste and discovery. Book your spot HERE and join us for an evening of unforgettable cocktails.

And if you've been part of our journey, share your memories with us on social media. Let us know your favourite Natural Philosopher cocktail, or suggest an ingredient for our next creative endeavour. For those yet to step through our doors, we can't wait to welcome you and share our world of cocktail artistry and community spirit.

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