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Bistrotheque – Hipster warehouse restaurant

When Bistrotheque opened its doors over a decade ago, it launched a new restaurant scene in the Hackney borough and surrounding areas. All over East London, new restaurants continue to pop up, but this is the original and remains a firm favourite. Tucked away on Wadeson St, it’s easy to miss – it manages to maintain an air of anonymity even now.

If you were a complete Hackney hipster you might call the interior ‘New York loft style’. The bulk of the restaurant upstairs is a huge local love-in with a big wooden bar, small tables, an exposed kitchen and little else.

Weekend brunches or a Sunday roast are my favourite choices – Xavier the piano player tinkles your favourite pop hits while you can have (my favourite) the posh British fry-up or an enormous roast beef lunch with all the trimmings. Wash either down with a cocktail or one of the French red wines.

For dinner, there’s an even bigger choice of British and French cuisine – I haven’t tried everything, but it’s a pretty diverse menu. Gourmet fish & chips? Check. Calf’s liver? Check. And the desserts! Oh, boy.

The Manchichi bar downstairs is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail, east side. Booking is essential.

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Details about this spot



23-27 Wadeson Street, London

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Thu 18:00 - 22:30, Fri 18:00 - 23:00, Sat 11:00 - 16:00 & 18:30 - 23:00, Sun 11:00 - 16:00 & 18:30 - 22:30


Full English: £ 13.50


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)