It started as a residency during the 2020 pandemic, when Tomos Parry's main restaurant was deemed unsuitable for social distancing, and became a permanent feature in January 2021. Brat is situated in the Courtyard, which is covered with a marquee that provides protection from the unpredictable British weather.
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A “too-cool-for-school railway arch” and covered courtyard (“a great fun place on a sunny day”) provides the “quirky” setting for Tomos Parry’s “funky hang-out” in London Fields (a pandemic pop-up in 2020 that turned permanent). Staff are “casual but super-knowledgeable” and deliver “simple food cooked over fire” that’s often “fabulous” (“that turbot… Wow!”). But, while most reporters have found it “hard to pick fault the few times we have visited”, others feel it’s “interesting and trendy, but at a hell of a price for a glorified pop-up” or say “I really wanted to like it but came away underwhelmed by the food and the plastic tent (prefer the original)”.
What started as a residency during the 2020 pandemic – when Tomos Parry’s Shoreditch HQ was deemed unsuitable for social distancing – was confirmed as a permanent venture in January 2021. Situated in a courtyard, and covered with a marquee-type structure, cooking with fire is still central to the cuisine here: e.g. roasted game rice, whole grab with hay butter, grilled mushrooms and wood-fired breads. (Parry originally cooked here from 2013-2015, so he has history on this site.) “The food is way better than the casual surroundings would suggest: cooking almost everything on charcoal produces wonderful flavours”. But even some who applaud the “outstanding” results can still find it too pricey, given “friendly but random”, “café-style service” and humble surroundings.
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Brat at Climpson's Arch Restaurant Diner Reviews
"I think this is the best open fire restaurant in town. The food is always creative and top notch. Cocktails are also very good. Please can we have a menu we can have at the table??"
"Shockingly poor food and appalling value for money. A"
|Wine per bottle||£32.00|
Climpson's Arch, 374 Helmsley Place, London, E8 3SB
|Wednesday||5 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||5 pm‑10 pm|
|Friday||5 pm‑10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑10 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑9 pm|