Hackney, London

Hackney restaurant Bright is exactly that – a clever and shining example of what a restaurant should be


From the same team as the lauded P. Franco, a low-intervention wine bar and dining counter on nearby Clapton Road with a changeable rota of chefs, Hackney hotspot Bright is the kind of neighbourhood restaurant everyone wishes they had on their own doorsteps – well, people who don’t go out for lunch mid-week anyway.

Open only for lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday and then only from 12-2.30pm (dinner service kicks off from Wednesdays) planning is essential to ensure you’re not disappointed - and you won’t be if you manage to bag a table.

The menu changes regularly but features seasonal dishes inspired by the team’s travels abroad and celebrates the best produce of the UK and Europe. Expect a variety of shellfish and pasta dishes, along with a small selection of heartier fish and meat plates and a series of meticulously-crafted snacks to help whet your appetite.

The dining room is, as the restaurant’s name denotes, a bright and breezy space with clean-cut wooden furniture, a blend of white and mossy green walls, and a spectacular polished metal fluorescent strip light suspended over the bar. It’s warm and convivial, but crucially never comes across like it’s trying too hard.

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