Brat x Climpson's Arch

British, Spanish·
Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of Brat x Climpson's Arch

Gold Award

This may be the younger Brat, but Tomos Parry’s journey started here in many ways - Parry took over the reigns at Climpson’s back in 2013, and it was the first time Londoners experienced the flame-licked style that won Brat a Michelin star five years later. As you walk with trepidation under railway arches and past industrial lockups, you may question whether you’re on the right track - don’t worry, good things are just around the corner.

One thing to note about Brat x Climpson’s Arch - the restaurant is covered but not completely indoors, and as a result it can get chilly in the evenings. We came equipped with jumpers and that proved sufficient, but if it’s particularly cold you should dress accordingly. 

We kicked off with two superb cocktails - a delightful toasted daiquiri of rum, coconut and lime with a touch of smoke, and a Climpson’s espresso martini that was admirably light on sugar. It was a sign of things to come. Oysters soon followed, anointed with fresh tomato and seaweed. Then, bread, inflated by the heat and smoke of the grill, indented with calcots and generously covered in shavings of Berkswell cheese. Vegetable fritto misto with anchovy dip and rich, fatty pork mince balls, wrapped and steamed in savoy cabbage leaves are equally brilliant, and leave us in need of a break. We get a good 20 minutes to catch our breath before the arrival of a whole Dover sole, gently roasted and smoked over open fire until melting and gelatinous. It’s a transcendent fish experience that will ruin all other fish for you, forever. For all that has been written about the fish cooking at Brat over the last few years, it really has to be tried to be understood. 

There was really only one way to finish - the burnt cheesecake to end all burnt cheesecakes, this time with a sharp kick of pink rhubarb to pierce through the richness. Brat has become divisive over the last few years, perhaps out of expectation that casual east London restaurants shouldn’t have this sort of price tag. Yes, the bill is no drop in the ocean but for the quality of the cooking? We'd go back in a heartbeat.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
British, Spanish
Cool, Fun, Lively, Quirky
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Group dining [8+], Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Is Brat x Climpson's Arch all outdoor seating?

There is an outside courtyard and a covered marquee structure that is a little more insulated, but there is no bricks-and-mortar structure at Brat x Climpson's Arch.

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374 Helmsley Place, Hackney, London, E8 3SB

07843 955 309 07843 955 309


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-21:00
Sun 12:00-21:00


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