Cornerstone

4.7
154 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
Uncomplicated, produce-led Modern British cooking in a bright, pared-down space with informal vibe.
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V
London
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, eclectic fish menu, friendly staff and great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend and would love to go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was the best I have tasted for years. Every dish we ordered was as good as the next. It is relatively expensive but you get what you pay for.

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AF
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food - excellent service and wonderful ambiance. An excellent experience provided by an excellent chef. Only thing, wine was a bit pricey.

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GM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible dinning experience at Cornerstone. The food was very special and delicious, and the staff was super friendly and helpful providing recommendations. Beware, this is a pricey restaurant as portions are small but if you love fish and seafood, it is totally worth it.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, unintrustive sincere service. Can't wait to go back!

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service-the Cured Gurnard and the Mackerel Pate were definitely a highlight (along with a taster of Cuttlefish Chorizo which was stunning), but couldn’t fault any of the dishes, everything was outstanding. Excellent value for money and staff were lovely. Definitely one of the best meals I have ever had. Very much looking forward to going back again soon.

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RR
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED this place - food delicious, really relaxed atmosphere. We’ll definitely go back!

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DH
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food - we ran out of superlatives to describe each of the chef's selection that arrived.
Nice service. Quiet atmosphere. I prefer a little more buzz but it was a Weds lunchtime so not complaining. Highly recommend.

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l
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding service, professional yet relaxed. fabulous interior. and the food is incredible. what a gem!

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JB
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! We had a really great evening here and will definitely go back to try the things we didn't get this time. The only slight negative comment I have is the lack of carbs on the menu, most dishes don't come with any and there isn't anything you else you can order, apart from bread. I was trying not to but I couldn't help feeling a little hungry when leaving, despite spending well over £200. Overall though, the food showed real skill and care as well as tasting fantastic.

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JA
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic all round experience.... One of the best evenings I've had in a long time.... Excited to go again!

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HT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place had the best food I've had in London. It's really hard to find good quality, fresh seafood but this ticked all those boxes. We had the tasting menu which was fantastic, and very reasonably priced. The service was also amazing. We will definitely be going back, as soon as we can get another reservation!

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P
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Well priced based on quality. Good wine list and lovely staff.

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FV
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful hidden gem in Hackney. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. The was delicious and I was amazed with the freshness of the fish and ingredients. Excellence in the details and presentation. The ambiance is inviting and the music a great addition to the experience. Would go back every week if I could.

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ML
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was immense - we loved every single morsel. Yes, it's pricey, but you get what you pay for.

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. We booked twice in 2 weeks. pickled oysters are a must have!

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my second visit to Cornerstone - this time on a Friday lunchtime. The food was exceptional, again. It remains the best fish or seafood restaurant I've been to in London - it combines amazing produce, original combinations and ideas, and superb cookery. The pickled oysters, crab crumpet, cod with French onion sauce, and whole roast john dory with roast chicken butter sauce were all brilliant. Love this place!

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit, won't be the last. All dishes were winners, but the gunard was the best for me. Such a treat.

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QS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tom Brown's Cornerstone is surely due major honours. The quality of the ingredients is unbeatable and the skill in assembling the tastiest fish based dishes...next level. The menu is ever evolving. New for me were the Bream Tartare with Asparagus and Egg...so delicious light and balanced, Crab Crumpet is just bursting with flavour and a big change from the Shrimp Crumpet with Kolrahbi which I also loved. The Mussels dish has changed from my last visit, from having a Cafe de Paris sauce to a curried sauce with Thai basil and Clams...the sauce tasted like a light Katsu and was awesome and a real table sharing pleasing dish.
Tastiest restaurant bread in London?...just throwing it in there. And which of the 4 dessert choices will you make? You can't go wrong...so delicate and appetising and fantastic on the eye. All served by a warm friendly and knowledgable crew...it just makes for a fab all round experience
Hope to be back very soon.

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VP
London
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing night and amazing food
Thanks very much to all the team

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GC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing seafood, great service and really unique! Been waiting to go for so long and it was better then I expected!
And the bathrooms smelt brilliant ;)

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just Wow. Nothing else needed.

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L
London
9 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

as always, tom brown knocked it out of the park. so so so so so so good. i only have two complaints. 1) that for a fish restaurant, it's a bit naughty to not have any cheaper bottles of white available. the wine list seemed skewed high, though i'm sure it's a good list. 2) unfortunately service wasn't as good as last time -- last time, the waitress was very helpful in explaining the different options, offering personal information on their likes/favorites/sizing. i felt like the waiter this time only wanted to push items, didn't feel like he gave us any information (other than what is in the dish). also the waiter this time tried to tell us that we had to do the set menu & that i received notification, etc etc. as i tried to explain, he interrupted me. then, he tried to act like he was doing us a favor and got the kitchen to bend the rules. i was bringing a bunch of newbies, so they didn't know what was going on. later i looked at the reservation, just to make sure i wasn't losing my mind...no, there was no mandatory set menu for our reservation. we only had 5 people - the set menu is for 6 or more. surely, something so simple didn't need to be such a drama with the waiter. especially since he got it wrong, though he treated us like we were dummies.

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BM
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cornerstone is excellent!
Great food, service and environment.

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food, really enjoyed everything we ordered and we tried probably 90% of the menu. Great flavours and were very accommodating, even with 3 children.

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TA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful restaurant and definitely worth the trip from central London. Delicious food - a perfect 10 - innovative flavours and beautifully presented. Delightful staff too and very knowledgeable.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great but the chairs were uncomfortable and too low for the tables. Very expensive - had four glasses of wine and food for two which was £150. Think there’s better places out there with food as good but a better overall experience

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BM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful ingredients cooked with expertise and creativity.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Genuinely outstanding meal. Better than many of the Michelin starred restaurants I've dined at in London.
Every dish was delicious, staff were attentive and friendly.
Will definitely make it a regular dinner spot.

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NH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food,not sure if It would suit a large group,as the plates of food are designed to be shared between the table.

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NB
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely sublime food and exceptional service, this is an experience I will want to have again and again

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RF
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's an absolutely wonderful experience.
I would recommend this restaurant if you're celebrating something special or if you're treating yourself.

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PN
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cornerstone was everything we hoped it would be. Lovely well cooked food, imagination and a great setting and atmosphere. Very much looking forward to going again

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f
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a meal that was outstanding i n every way. We decided to have the tasting menu of the starred items on the à la carte, and it was a tremendous selection, every course both interesting and faultless. Service was delightful without being intrusive, and the wine we chose from the relatively short list (an organic Alsatian gewürztraminer) was excellent. This is cooking of a really high order, which I fully expect to see Michelin-starred in a very short time.

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AI
London
16 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have an absolutely fabulous lunch as part of our mother's 80th birthday celebrations.
Warm greeting on arrival in keeping with the excellent service.
The food was amazing and nothing could be faulted.
All in all truly special experience.

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Definitely a place to visit in 2019

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and we were running late, they had held our table for us and were so accommodating. The food was out of this world, topped with a happy birthday message on the dessert, it was these little touches that made it amazing.

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SP
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and arrive! We went for the tasting menu, and although it’s perhaps slightly more than I’d look to spend on lunch, it was most definitely worth it.

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z
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this restuarant - the best fish I have ever tasted - the oysters and the gurnard were sensational. The gin was great also :)

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t
London
15 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous flavours. It's a small sharing plates menu, so you may end up carving a perfect presentation down the middle, which always seems a shame. The taster menu is good, good value and avoids the worst of the small plate fights!

Downside is a very pricey wine menu. I know it's a top end place, and the food is right up there, but the £50 a bottle level pricing is a bit much.

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