Brawn

4.7
575 reviews
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£25 and under
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European
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
Brawn is located on Columbia Road in Bethnal Green. A neighborhood restaurant and bar cooking food that is within the season and sourced through as many local suppliers and producers within our community. On Sundays when the flower market is in full swing, we cook Sunday Lunch for £33 per head. The table is filled with a selection of starters, then a main course followed by pudding. A perfect way to spend Sundays.

Brawn opened in late 2010 to great critical acclaim receiving 5 stars from Fay Maschler in the Evening Standard, and a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2011.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
European, Bistro, Wine Bar
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Hours of Operation
Monday: 6pm - 10:30pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 10:30pm

Friday- Saturday: 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 11pm


Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
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Phone number
020 7729 5692
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Ed Wilson
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Public Transit
Hoxton - Overground
Bethnal Green - Central Line (15 mins walk)
Bus Routes 55, 48
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

Brawn in Shoreditch might be one of the city’s best neighbourhood restaurants. One that might even make you want to change neighbourhoods.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 575 People Are Saying
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CH
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our favourite Sunday lunch spots in London. Consistently amazing food and always a really lovely afternoon.

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RM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cracking three course Sunday lunch! Dessert was amazing and fantastic service!

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MT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely little place in Columbia Road, great/cosy atmosphere and stunning food - try the ravioli! they'll simply blow your mind off! Friendly staff and very good experience overall - I'll definitely repeat soon!

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CJ
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple and really well designed menu, delicious food and friendly but excellent service - a great venue for a weekend treat.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, tasty spot right on Columbia road to catch-up with a friend. Attention to detail and layered flavours. The Turbot and broccoli were a fave. Researched and interesting low intervention focused wine list.

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PE
London
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always delicious and well executed. Wine list is solid and can be quite adventurous if you desire. Very very rarely disappoints, which is why we keep going back.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Except the delicious food, the wine list is just wonderful.
Wide range of organic wine.

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NA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best neighborhood restaurant in London! This place has the atmosphere, attentive service, diverse menu, excellent cooking and very best wine.

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CM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brawn never disappoints. Great wine selection and delicious seasonal small plates expertly prepared!

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FA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally delicious. Fixed menu allowed for great conversation without the usual prevarications. Extensive wine list, with knowledgeable staff able to speak to any of our questions at great length. Beautifully cooked food - sprats in the lightest coating of batter, a more tender pork collar than I've ever had before. Total flexibility with the menu for the vegan in our party (whose meal was also reportedly delicious). A great afternoon option, with the atmospheric lazy relaxation of a Sunday lunch.

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f
Sydney / NSW
33 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner! Staff were welcoming and explained the menu. Food was delicious, seasonal and fresh!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

basically the best neighbourhood restaurant in East London . Should have a star by the end of the year !

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OT
London
139 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the warm welcome at the door to our extremely knowledgeable waitress, the staff at Brawn are excellent.
It was really great seasonal food - I had the purple sprouting broccoli to start, a seasonal vegetable elevated to centre stage, it was delicious, if only vegetables were always treated with such care and attention! My husband had the oysters, fresh traditional delicious he said. I had the turbot with chanterelles, mussels & vin jaune, turbot is my favourite fish and this didn't disappoint. My husband had the sirloin, radicchio, gorgonzola & walnuts both main courses were beautifully presented and super tasty. For dessert we shared the dark chocolate, olive oil & sea salt and tiramisu both disappeared very quickly. We noticed some tables were sharing dishes, which is great and avoids difficult choices.
We were guided by our waitress to some glasses of wine that matched our different food choices.
Excellent value for money.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Starters were amazing. Mains a little disappointing.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable meal, interesting wine list and lovely atmosphere. Handled being a few minutes late for booking professionally without making us feel like criminals because of tube delays. Will definitely be returning.

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CS
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really enjoyed a recent lunch at Brawn. The food was delicious service was friendly and the ambiance was relaxed and fun. We ate in the back half of the restaurant, where the open kitchen allowed us to watch our lunch being prepared. The chefs were super nice, and great to watch...they took such care and attention with each dish. Wine list was copious and we were more than pleased with the selections we picked. I would happily return again and again.

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful find - Busy and rightly so. A sublime selection of foods and wines that are often as simple as they are incredible. Oil-soaked salty sfincione with the meatiest anchovies I've ever had started off a flavour onslaught that never gave up. Those wishing to play safe can enjoy some delicious pasta ragu or zingy fresh aubergine. But the more adventurous diner will be rewarded by incredible flavour cascades from the smoked eel or lamb-hearts in chilli and corn.

The wine we had was brilliantly selected by an expert waiter. We went for a brilliantly musty Orange Wine and an inky Syrah. The wine is complex and needs a guide to understand it - but it is worth the investment in time and discussion.

All of this with a friendly enthusiastic service that is as focussed as it is unstuffy. Relaxed food as it should be done. Wonderful stuff.

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SA
London
11 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brave flavours well executed - served with humility and passion. Great place for a long Sunday lunch

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m
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you’d like to eat at a spot where the love of food shines through in every bite - go here.

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CG
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was beautiful and delicious. The services matched the same quality.

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TL
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great place, fantastic dishes, extraordinary wine list. However, the acoustics can be murderous.

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FP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food – honestly, some of the most delicious dishes I've eaten in a long time! However, beware of the wine list, otherwise it might all end in sour grapes (literally, the wines are organic and don't ascribe to traditional knowledge, which is very unfortunate when you're buying a £40+ bottle and you get the very opposite of what you expect from that region or grape). Be savvy when buying the wine and you'll have an amazing time. The staff is really helpful and friendly, too!

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SW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere. Could not recommend more highly.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always about the juice naturals are the only way!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service from the moment we arrived, unpretentious, genuine delivery, great wine and unbelievable food! Advice on the menu was fantastic from our host, a wonderfully cozy, wholesome ambience made the night special. A great restaurant where you can enjoy acceptably vocal conversation and laughter by the bucket load ! Thank you all @brawnrestaurant x x

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T
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th time we have been and superb as always. How all neighborhood restaurants should be

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MM
Hanover
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my absolute favorites in London! Great atmosphere and delicious food. Great value for money!!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

First visit. Cool reception on arrival on a Friday night following booking.
Menu interesting, wine list even more so. Queries were dealt with efficiently and very knowledgably.
Delicious food; mains arrived less than hot but we had taken our time over starters. Onglet perfectly cooked. Cod a tad underdone? Overall, cooking was a delight to sample.
Pannacotta was wonderful. Calvados a bit rough.
Really enjoyed the atmosphere and surroundings.
Cool and disinterested staff on departure

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i
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner and very good service, Brawn is always a good choice in the neighborhood. The restaurant took into account my small note/request in the booking, and thanks for this.

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a really wonderful restaurant.

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AD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience - knowledgeable, friendlywjo have a good understanding of the wine and food . Grest selection of wine.

Food was excellent and service was great.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the evening was perfect!
SERVICE, WINE, FOOD & ATMOSPHERE
I will be going back.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wonderful service. Would definitly recommend!

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NE
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant to celebrate my birthday with friends. It was a Friday night and it was busy. All the tables were full including the seating at the bar, but this didn't affect the quality of the service at all, it just made for a lively atmosphere, which I like. We entered the restaurant into a bustling bar area and we were quickly escorted to our table. We were in the next room, seated at an amazing table next right next to the open kitchen, where you could see the remarkably calm chiefs busy creating their dishes (I was later told this was the chefs' table). We ordered Sprats, Burrata, Squid starters followed by Pork chops, Crab linguini and Cod. Everyone loved their food (plus we all had a taste of each others, of course!), the dishes seemed simple, but there were some carefully crafted taste combinations going on. To sum up, Brawn has a unique combination of great service, quality food, in a vibrant atmosphere, a combination that is hard to find and comes highly recommended by me.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great neighbourhood restaurant. Been several times and never disappointed. Absolutely fantastic wine list.

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere... An almost archetypal East London combo of creative quirks (not least the extensive wine list), casual friendliness and serious attention to ingredients and flavours. (Many similar local restaurants have tried this but many have also failed to pull it off quite as successfully and consistently as Brawn.)

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SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An extensive wine list by the bottle, with an exceptional selection by the glass, too. I love that there is always an 'orange' wine available by the glass, too. Food was of a very high standard, providing a sort of contemporary rustic vibe.
Definitely a 'treat' type meal, as it would be a crime not to have several courses coupled with several glasses of wine, but the price aligns well with the quality. Definitely recommended.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice informal atmosphere and informally presented very good food. Delicious. Only criticism is that the wine list is generally on the pricey side and the Touraine Sauvignon I ordered and which I had expected to be dry and crisp was rather closer to vinegar. I didn't feel that itbreoresented good value at just under £50. But I will go back as I may have been unlucky.

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k
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This was a great find for a Monday night birthday celebration. Superb creative menu in an unstuffy environment. Extensive wine list. They were very busy and we had a long wait between courses but they recognised this and were apologetic. The upside was that we weren't rushed. Will definitely return.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I have celebrated our anniversary at Brawn for the last 6 years - it's always a treat and never fails to deliver the most exquisite, dishes using the best produce available. They are masters in the art of honest simplicity, thanks for a fabulous lunch.

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