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R&B Caribbean Takeaway
10 Clarence Road, Lower Clapton, London, E5 8HB

Down the quiet residential Clarence Road in Hackney, R&B Caribbean Takeaway has virtually served as the East London neighbourhood’s kitchen and dining room since the late 1980s. Tuck into dishes like stewed chicken to the sounds of rocksteady in R&B’s back room, and you may quickly forget you’re in a public space.

Mrs. Bev, the B in R&B, started as a cook “many moons ago,” as she puts it. She has since become co-owner of the establishment with partner Roan, an expatriate of St. James, Jamaica, and the the R in R&B. At 5:30 or 6 am begins the daily preparation of peppered prawns, sprats and other staples, soon to be chalked onto the lofty blackboard near the front window.

The pair also serve up some of the best juices in the area, at their adjoining Natural Choice Juices, utilizing the many nearby worldly markets throughout East London. Get there on a day when soursop is available, and you’ll be glad you made the trip.

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