Cornerstone

4.7
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289 reviews
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£41 and over
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Seafood

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About

Uncomplicated, produce-led Modern British cooking in a bright, pared-down space with informal vibe.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Fish
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Wed–Sat 12:00–14:00
Dinner
Tue–Sat 18:00–21:00
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Phone number
020 8986 3922
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Tom Brown
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Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 289 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, couldn’t fault it.

SK
London
8 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion, currently the best restaurant in London. Brilliant creative food from chef Tom Brown. Highlights include the crumpet with crab rarebit and the best mackerel pate I’ve ever had

T
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All my family follow Tom on Instagram and have been looking forward to tasting his skills. It was worth waiting for, a memorable tasting menu that just kept coming. Difficult to pick a winner as all were fabulous, even down to the delicious dark sourdough bread. Staff were lovely and I liked the feel of the space. We will definitely be back.
Thank you,
Alan Tate

OT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food especially the special of bonito. Thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu where every dish was faultless. Only thing that could have improved experience was if Chef Tom Brown had been there!

PR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's not often that a restaurant meets all of your expectations, especially when they are so high, but Cornerstone succeeded in meeting in every single one of them. Sublime food and delightful staff.

EC
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable in every way. Incredibly high expectations were utterly surpassed. This team should be awarded with every accolade possible. The best dining experience I have every had

FD
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The overall experience we nothing short of fantastic. Quality of food was superb and very inventive. The service was knowledgable and attentive without being intrusive. Wine recommendations were very good and reasonably priced. Would have no hesitation recommending Cornerstone to friends and look forward to going again ourselves sometime soon.

RP
London
20 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience. Smoked oysters to die for, the sweetest scallops, and an amazing grey mullet tartare were standouts. Lovely friendly staff and it was great to watch the kitchen in action. Definitely a place to return to

CT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 3rd time of visiting and you are constantly blown away with the flavors. I highly recommend!

H
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like fish this is a fabulous restaurant. We had seafood cooked in ways I haven't had before, in a good way! Sometimes experimentation doesn't pay off, in this case it definitely worked. The restaurant is small, the service was friendly and attentive. Definitely one of my favourites.

MG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service! Would recommend and visit again!

LF
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My second visit to Cornerstone and still impressive. I forgot to confirm one person was veggie and they were SO accommodating; changed the menu for them and still conjured up a fantastic menu for them as well as the original for us. I cannot praise them enough. A gem in the rough of Hackney!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flawless food with brilliant service and atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

OT
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food and fantastic service.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my birthday and I wasn't disappointed, the food was amazing, the service was excellent and I would highly recommend.

E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food is good but lacks balance. Four of six courses came with bread. No vegetables were served.

R
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals I’ve had in London. The food was exquisite, we didn’t do the tasting menu but chose a number of dishes from the menu - the staff were really helpful with making recommendations for the dishes and wine. The mackerel pate, cured gurnard, smoked cod roe and plaice were all highlights. Ambiance was great - as so many restaurants have now, there are concrete walls and floors but surprisingly the noise level was okay. Loved being able to see into the kitchen and watch the chefs at work. Only small downside was the scallops - £19 for two scallops, while delicious, seemed rather steep compared to the other dishes and their sizes. Overall it was an excellent night and would highly recommend a visit. Thanks to Tom and the team!

SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I’ve had in London and possibly ever. Perfection.

G
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Incredible food, poor service, felt so rushed. Plates came out to quick couldn’t enjoy the evening. It felt like they wanted us out as soon as possible, not relaxing at all.

AC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tasting menu which was superb

C
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding the staff were very friendly and gave advice when needed. Would highly recommend a visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb dining experience all round. The stripped back yet stylish interior quite rightly puts the food front and center. Went for the tasting menu, which did not disappoint, each dish a total joy whilst the wine list was excellent. Staff were also fab, getting the balance just right between being present and gratefully inconspicuous. We will be back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. The food and service was excellent. Perfectly casual whilst feeling like a special occasion too.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood. Excellent service. Fantastic casual fine dining.

AW
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Forgot to let the restaurant know my partner was vegetarian. Staff were super accommodating (Aussie waiter whose name we didn’t catch unfortunately was fantastic!) and chef Tom Brown made us three absolutely brilliant veggie plates to go along with what I ordered. Honestly could not say enough great things about our evening! Can’t wait to go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food did not disappoint it was fantastic! especially the crab crumpet, plaice in roast chicken butter sauce and the mackerel pate with the treacle bread. We had the tasting menu and the portions were more than enough we were all happily full at the end of the meal. Will definitely be back to try the rest of the menu.

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing food experience.
The service was excellent.
We will definitely be returning

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Impeccable food and service as per usual. Feel the price / quality ratio has dipped slightly, but it’s hard to begrudge them it in a way, as they’ve worked hard to get where they are. I would recommend a few tweaks to the wine list to improve the value for money.

That said, I’m being super picky (fraid that’s just me!) - the pollock with katsu curry sauce and crispy potatoes is one of the best things I’ve eaten all year. The new incarnation of the crumpet made me forget I was sad they took the shrimp one away. The strawberry merengue and peach Melba desserts were epic. The Italian waitress who looked after us was charming, friendly and proficient. The restaurant is fabulously well lit - it’s a really welcoming room.

Net net - I guess I was just a little taken aback at dropping over 120pp on lunch in hackney!

j
London
19 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service for our lunch. Will for sure go back and have dinner.
Do not understand any of the negative comments except that bathroom facilities would be inadequate during a “full cover” scenario.

JT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Exceptional cooking. Amazing flavours. Best scallops anywhere. They are spectacular.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our anniversary dinner at Cornerstone and it was absolutely wonderful. ❤️

R
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. One of the best meals I’ve had for a long time. Imaginative, quality food with fantastic knowledgeable service. Id go back tomorrow.

R
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Having seen Tom Brown on GBM on a number of occasions we were very keen to try his new restaurant.
Well we were not disappointed - great vibe and feel to the place, interesting wine list and most importantly incredible food. Uncomplicated looking but unbelievably tasty food - the cured brill with tomatoes and sauce vierge and the plaice in chicken butter sauce were just outstanding and our personal favourites but it was all amazing.
We can't wait to go back !

NW
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Considering the meal for two cost nearly £200, i founding everything lacking. I needed a wow factor, I couldn’t say there was one dish where I didn’t want it to end and several I didn’t want to finish. The best thing about the evening was our very friendly and knowledgeable waitress. There is only one gents and ladies bathroom for the whole restaurant which leaves you waiting conspicuously outside when busy. It felt very much like a canteen and I wish all the staff could’ve looked happier

P
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food! Will definitely be returning. Popped to the pearl for an after dinner drink too

n
London
20 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Really first rate food, but the service seemed designed to get us out of the door as soon as possible

MM
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food & very friendly service. There's a minimal amount of carbs on the menu, meaning you get through quite a few dishes of incredibly delicate and refined fish dishes and the costs stack up. That said, it's well worth it. Highlights for me when I visited were the monkfish tartare and crab crumpet. Short wine menu, but what I had was very good.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good meal, wish staff were more attentive

SR
London
1 review