The Plough at Swan Wharf

Saturday was such a good day – sunny, warm and beautiful – perfect for day drinking outside. Our friend was having a going away party at the Plough at Swan Wharf in Hackney Wick. While it was seemingly quite far from central London, it’s definitely a diamond in the rough. I love exploring new areas of London that I’ve never been to before. 

Located on Homerton High Street, The Plough at Swan Wharf is a pop-up bar open for the summer right on the Canal. It has an enormous outdoor area with tons of seating. it had that industrial feel, with wooden tables and benches, potted plants everywhere and views of the Olympic Park looming in the distance. 

c/o The Plough at Swan Wharf

c/o The Plough at Swan Wharf


the plough

The Plough serves some awesome draft beers from local breweries including the Pressure Drop in Hackney, Redemption in Turnham, Sambrooks in Battersea and One Mile End from White Chapel. If beer isn’t your thing, they also have an innovative range of quirky cocktails including Earl Grey Gin Sours and Bloody Mary’s with chili infused bourbon – yum.

The food looked amazing and once I saw they served fish tacos, I was in. They were seriously good – probably some of the best i’ve had both in England and general. Beer-battered bream goujons with red cabbage slaw, sour cream, Louisiana Remoulade and Old Bay seasoning. Old Bay is always the trick to perfectly seasoned fish. Travelling all the way to Hackney Wick is well worth it – even just to try these outstanding tacos.



Other notable foodie highlights include the fried chicken buns, which Ciaran got, but was still jealous of the fish tacos I ordered. The fried chicken bun was similarly fried and hit the spot with a beer. Simple and so good, just the way bar food should be. 

We drank and relaxed in the sun all afternoon and toasted to our friend leaving for the Big Apple! It was a great way to spend his last few days in London. Thanks for the hospitality Plough at Swan Wharf, we will be back before the summer is over. 


The Plough at Swan Wharf 

60 Dance Road

E3 2NQ 

Monday-Thursday: 10am – 11pm // Friday-Saturday: 10am – 1am // Sunday – 10am to 11pm