The Russet

Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace , London, E8 2BT

SquareMeal Review of The Russet

At first glance it’s merely the on-site canteen for Hackney Downs Studios, but this creative café, bar and community arts space offers everything from breakfast, lunch, evening tapas and supperclub pop-ups to acoustic sessions, dance classes and Punch & Judy shows. The Russet’s refectory-style dining hall serves up an eclectic mix of reasonably priced Anglo-Med food from a daily handwritten menu, so anticipate the likes of toasted panini, panzanella salad, Isle of Mull Cheddar rarebit, rabbit stew, beef ragù with cauliflower mash or pan-roasted mackerel with salsa verde and tabbouleh, backed by all manner of home-baked cakes, tarts, coffees, teas, juices and locally sourced booze. Weekend brunch is a crowd-puller and Sunday lunch trundles on right through the day. Afterwards, why not repair to the Wi-Fi enabled, retro parlour and blog about your meal.

Best Female Chefs Series


In the Year of the Woman, SquareMeal is running a series of interviews with top female chefs. Read here to discover the sense of achievement Monica Galetti feels about owning her first restaurant, what it’s like working with her husband, and the different ways in which Masterchef has changed her life.

Are you the restaurant owner?

Click here for Links & Logos

Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Rectory Road Station 471m

Hackney Downs Station 745m


Address: Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace , London E8 2BT

Area: Hackney Dalston

Opening times

Mon-Sun 8.30am-11pm (Sat 9am - , Sun 10am - )

Nearby Landmarks

Hackney Downs 310m

Rio Cinema 843m


Telephone: 020 3095 9731


Cuisine: Cafes

Food & Drink: