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The Empress London restaurant bar Hackney

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Right next to Victoria Park, this regal Empress receives a number of important local dignitaries throughout the day: the fishmonger, the butcher, the baker… all pay their respects here. As a result, chef Elliott Lidstone’s menu is a celebration of the foodie scene flourishing on his doorstep – though his influences are more global. Bold, bright seasonal flavours are the cornerstones, witness prettily presented, shareable plates of fried duck egg and trompettes on toast or cured sea trout with orange, fennel and hazelnut. These vie for attention with generous mains of roast pork belly and apple sauce or cod with Moroccan-spiced chickpeas, monk’s beard, yoghurt and sumac. Other attractions at this art-filled bistro include “great” weekend brunch, £10 Monday suppers, BYO ‘frugal feasts’ and all-day tapas-style snacks to go with London beers, classic cocktails and modern wines from hotly tipped producers. Sadly, the service is less consistent than the food.

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The Empress

130 Lauriston Road ,London E9 7LH

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Jun 2013

“The pub is Britain’s single greatest contribution to the world of Gastronomy”, discuss? It’s a thorny issue and you may need to caveat that this discussion must take place post-1991 and the arrival of The Eagle in Clerkenwell. Before that pub food was a wasteland of Bangers in a basket and Findus Crispy Pancakes. To my mind this legacy of styrofoam, deep-fried pap still haunts us. Why else would we need to become embroiled in the rhetoric of “re-inventing the pub”? Why are we hounded by meaningless...

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Edward S.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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130 Lauriston Road ,London E9 7LH

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Aug 2010

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What a lovely place to eat on a Sunday, if you can handle the fact that it is packed with hungover locals, families and friends catching up over long lunches. The decor is really nice (I'm a girl, I will also critique that stuff) and I like the ecclectic combinations of lighting, upholstery and furniture, it makes for a lovely environment for a meal especially a late Sunday lunch. A pint of prawns with homemade mayonnaise and a fat wedge of lemon does the trick for me as a starter and for the mains...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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130 Lauriston Road ,London E9 7LH

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Feb 2010

This is a wonderfully elegant place to have lunch, dinner, or just a drink. It's bright and airy, and the perfect modern pub. I love spending time here with friends in the area, or on my own with a paper. Food is top notch.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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130 Lauriston Road ,London E9 7LH

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Jan 2010

We first visited the Empress just after it had opened and had a great time, good service, good food. Each subsequent visit has been less impressive. The waiting staff appear not to care that you are the customer and overall service was poor. The food was still good but not worth the price. Pop to the fish and chip shop next door rather.

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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130 Lauriston Road ,London E9 7LH

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Oct 2009

I hadn't been here before the other night when some of my friends took me for my birthday, and we had the most wonderful evening. This really is a fantastic bar and restaurant. The food was all cooked to perfection, and complimented with some delicious wines. Another thing was that the staff were all so attentive and genuinely nice, which can be a bit of a rarity in London at times. I really can't remember the last time I enjoyed being out for dinner so much. I can't wait to go back!

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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