Restaurant review: Walbrook and Avon at F Cooke, E8

11:05 03 December 2012

The tiny venue gets very busy - you may end up sharing a table

The tiny venue gets very busy - you may end up sharing a table

Archant

Pop-up specialists Walbrook and Avon have found a semi-permanent home at F Cooke in Broadway Market – one of those lovely old fashioned pie and mash shops beloved of trendy young foodies.

Restaurant info:

Walbrook and Avon

at F. Cooke,

9 Broadway Market,

E8 4PH

Station: London Fields

Mains: from £8

Wine: BYOB (£2 corkage)

Children welcome: Yes

Disabled access: Yes, no toilet

Delightful though they are, they come with a familiar set of problems; a bit chilly, slightly uncomfortable seats and Victorian-era water closets.

But this never puts people off and expect to share your table at busy times. Cushions are also available and good use has been made of limited cooking facilities.

Plus it’s an absolute bargain – three courses for under £20 and £2 corkage on your own booze represents a pretty cheap meal.

We started off with the signature Devils on Horseback; crisp salty bacon wrapped around sweet, fleshy prunes. A tasty morsel, but not as good as the squid and chorizo – a sizzling, tangy treat.

The lemon chicken with olives was pleasant enough and had lots of Mediterranean promise, but the fowl was cooked a bit too long and lost some texture.

Pick of the dishes was the butternut squash gratin with feta and spinach served in a lovely little pot, with layers of flavour emerging slowly from beneath the crusted breadcrumb topping. A hearty winter meal.

The atmosphere is very cosy and congenial and it felt a bit like eating at home, although without the washing up. If you can get in, you should give it a whirl – it might not be around for ever.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Don't Miss...

What is this?

Near You Now

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more