The Brook

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171 Mare St, Hackney, East London, England, E8 3RH

Arts bar, recording venue, studio, and cafe. Fully vegan since May 2017. Offers a varied range of items including vegan "pulled pork" for quesadilla and nachos. Open Wed-Fri 5:00pm-11:00pm, Sat-Sun 12:00pm-11:00pm. Closed Mon, Tue.

Categories: Vegan, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Beer/Wine, Mexican, British

22 Reviews

First Review by Jennyjoan

Best vegan restaurant I've ever been to - Edit

Everything wins. Decor, staff, cocktails and of course, the food. I have taken non-vegan friends and family and they love it. Perfect place for anyone and everyone. Also there was live music on Sunday night.

Pros: food, cocktails, music

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Best burger I’ve ever had - Edit

I had the cajun burger, and it was the best burger I’ve ever had. Not just the best vegan burger — the best burger, period. Plus, the fries were really good. I recommend you give it a shot!

Pros: Best burger ever!

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Best vegan place. Ever. - Edit

Amazing place, delicious food and great friendly staff. Go with friends and order everything. Then argue which was the best dish! Everyone is a winner! I personally loved the beetrolls, tofish and the nachos. And the squash crostini. And the music is awesome! Go, go, go!

Pros: great selection, order multiple dishes and share, everything is delicous

Cons: none!

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Best food in London - Edit

Wow! We had a number of dishes from the evening tapas menu and each one was absolutely delicious. Has to be the best food I’ve had in London. Staff are lovely, service faultless, good location. They clearly take pride in giving customers a great experience. Highly recommended!!

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Plenty of choice including gf options - Edit

Nice atmosphere and the staff was very friendly.
Came here with a friend on a Monday evening and there was plenty of room. They must have changed the lighting as contrary to previous reviews, the light was not particularly bright.
As someone else noted, they advise to have 3-4 dishes per person but while I was hungry, that was far too much for us and 2-3 would have been more than enough. Especially as there's a lot of deep fried food. My favourite were the satay skewers and the cauliflower. The cajun nugz were really nice too, but I don't think having as many as I did agreed with my stomach. The tofish was OK and I liked the sauce it came with, but could only eat a couple.
I'd like to come back at the weekend and try their breakfast / day menu.

Pros: All vegan, Friendly service

Cons: Tapas can get quite pricey

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Nice place with varied food - Edit

Nice atmosphere and staff. The food is tapas style and they advise to have 3-4 per person. There is a good percentage of fried food and it is quite heavy so 2-3 would have been enough for us.

Pros: many different choices

Cons: the fried options are quite heavy and if you have

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A great breakfast - Hope to come back for lunch! - Edit

As a reward for getting up early and going swimming we decided to stop into The Brook for a spot of brunch, really nice set-up inside, and we grabbed the window seat too which is always a win in my books!

Breakfasts were really tasty, the mini-tomatoes on the vine are perfect, and if you get the fried tomatoes right in a breakfast you're working wonders! (They're usually my least favourite bit)

Also of note was the scrambled tofu, personally I'm more of a scrambled ackee chap, but they worked some magic here and this was the tastiest interpretation of this I've yet had.

But, yes, a darn good breakfast, with some very good coffee. The lunch menu also looked super tasty, so we'll hopefully be back for that in the not-too-distant future, and probably the breakfast too!

Pros: Great vegan breakfast, Good coffee, Nice atmosphere & friendly staff

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Great vibes & great food - Edit

I happened across this place whilst strolling through Hackney.

A piece of luck, as it turned out.

After chatting with the very friendly staff I stayed for Sunday lunch. The vegan roast wasn't a huge portion for the price, but this place is obviously about the quality. Both my main and the vegan banoffee pie had obviously been made with good ingredients by people who were cooking food they liked serving.

All this time they were playing don't good tunes and setting up for a live show.

Definitely coming back.

Pros: Good ingredients, Great atmosphere, Friendly staff

Cons: Not the cheapest

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Expensive but good - Edit

My friends and I came here and went a bit overboard on the Saturday tapas... but it was delicious. We ordered pretty much everything that was gf.

Standouts were the tofish bites (amazing), buffalo cauliflower, and brocolli - we ordered these twice.

The quesadilla and fried guacamole were good too.

The scallops were so so for the price, the nachos were not great, and garlic mushrooms were a bit dull. The sweet potato fries weren't very good. Just an opinion though!

My friends liked their cocktails and I liked my tea and almond mylk. Would come back and just order 10 portions of the tofish bites tbh - they were fantastic.

There is wifi, hot drinks until 6, bathroom facilities, and the staff are super nice.

The lighting is a bit uncosy as it s neon, and the music is a bit too loud.

Pros: Tofish, Taste, Staff

Cons: Price, Some of the tapas options

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Great food, good service - Edit

We went early on a Saturday evening and had no problem getting a table. There about 16 dishes (about 12 of which are gluten-free) on the evening tapas menu and we basically tried them all (some twice..). Our favourites were the tofish bites, the buffalo cauliflower and the broccoli. The service was very friendly and the food came out fast. The cocktails were good, though hopefully a cocktail happy hour will come about in the future as it can get a bit expensive! The only very minor complaint was the music was a touch loud and the light at the front of the restaurant is very neon so a bit stark. But other than that, the place is brilliant and we'll definitely be back.

Pros: Tonnes of gluten-free options, Good service, Nice atmosphere

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Amazing food and lots of choice - Edit

We walked in and got ourselves a table on a Saturday night without a reservation. The food came very quickly and everything we had was amazing. We particularly enjoyed the tofish and Cajun nugz.

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Amazing Vegan place in Hackney - Edit

The food and cocktails were delicious, the staff super friendly and perfect location. This will be my local Vegan place to go to. I had the Sunday nut roast and my partner had the Tofish and chips. Superb! Highly recommended.

Pros: Trendy, up to day creative menu and cocktails. lov

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Completely vegan - Edit

The Brook has been open for a few years and is now completely vegan. It's no longer open during the day on weekdays. The owners take an innovative approach, offering a range of different events (live music, quizzes, cocktail nights, etc) in addition to standard eating. The restaurant is up a narrow flight of stairs, is small and feels cramped. Each time I go, I have to ask for the music to be turned down. The space is so small that there is already quite a bit of noise just with people talking and kitchen noises. When I visited today, the music downstairs was so loud that I couldn't hear what the barman said when he greeted me. Food is cooked to order and the kitchen is very small, so there tends to be a long wait – it was a good 30 minutes before my order arrived (it had been sitting unattended on the counter for 5 minutes). I had The English brunch – sausage, tomatoes, baked beans, scrambled tofu, toast. It was nice, though the tofu lacked
flavour and the dish was expensive for what it was. My partner's Mexican brunch was less successful and he thought he could probably have cooked something better himself. It's great to have a vegan place to eat locally and I think The Brook is trying hard, but needs to make sure that its standards are always high (and the music low).

Pros: Completely vegan, Friendly staff

Cons: Expensive, Cramped and can be noisy, Food okay but not great

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a great little place - Edit

Took a stroll along the windle river and stopped here for lunch. Fantastic that they have switched to become fully vegan hope it pays off. A really nice menu with a few options to suit every taste from the healthy right through to the vegan full English. Really nice choice of cocktails that look nice if I was on an evening out. Will definitely pop in again.

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Amazing!!! - Edit

Great service and great food. I would definitely recommend this place.

Pros: the Tofish and stay skewers is a definite try!

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Fabulous! - Edit

Wonderful night time spot with awesome vegan food restaurant upstairs. We loved the starters, main dishes and the dessert was divine too! All vegan! Great spot for the area!

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Food was awesome! Sort of long wait though :/ - Edit

The food was very well prepared and tasted INCREDIBLE. They have a pretty wide arrangements of vegan starters, mains, and deserts. ONLY DOWN SIDE: It did take quite a while to come out. I think we sat waiting for 45 minutes. Also, the bar had a pretty weak selection of beer. Only one on tap and four bottles.

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Really Great Vegan Roast - Edit

We had a vegan meetup when they had a supper club in the winter time, and it was one of the best roasts we'd ever had! It was buffet style for our table, so we helped ourselves, and there seemed like plenty!

Pros: Great food, Bar with good choice

Cons: Fairly small-consider booking

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cool cosy spot with decent food - Edit

Enjoyable 3 course meal in relaxed environment

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A refreshing change from the same old same old! - Edit

Finally! A place to eat that thinks outside the box. As a recently converted vegan, I am so happy to have the Brook nearby. The quesadillas are f'ummy! Open mic night is a blast and I look forward to a comedy night!

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Lovely vegan brunch - Edit

Just dropped in for a vegan lumberjack brunch. Really great.First visit. Nice atmosphere. Good menu.

Pros: Totally vegan/vegetarian , Vibe, price

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Superb Vegan Options - Edit

Wonderful to have delicious vegan options

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