A taste of Copenhagen in Hackney

Sune, a Nordic-inspired neighbourhood restaurant with an emphasis on wine and hospitality, is the latest addition to Broadway Market in Hackney, opening on Wednesday 29 November.

The couple behind it, Honey Spencer and Charlie Sims, have both worked in Copenhagen, where Charlie did a stint at Noma while Honey was mentored by legendary wine importer Sune Rosforth, whose name they celebrate in the new restaurant. Back in London, Honey has put together wine lists for venues including the Palomar group, while Charlie managed Maos; Lyle’s, Evelyn’s Table and Brawn are also on their impressive CVs.

Former Pidgin, Acme Fire Cult and Akoko chef Michael Robins has developed Sune’s menu of daily breads; cold, raw and cured seafood; and larger plates ranging from ‘egg, chips and anchovy’ or ‘dairy beef tartare & Rockefeller toastie’ to ‘ricotta gnudi, octopus & nduja’ or ‘pork secrets, prawn and lemongrass broth’. The food will be served alongside natural wines selected by Honey to suit the season.

The restaurant itself has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the market, and backs onto the canal. It can accommodate 36 guests inside, with another 20 on an outside terrace.

Honey says: “Feeding and watering people is in our DNA. We’re over the moon to be adding to east London’s hospitality landscape and offering our own spin on the art of the restaurant. In recent years, so much emphasis has been put on who’s cooking in the kitchen, and while, of course, quality food is hugely important, its focus often leaves a restaurant’s hospitality overlooked. Our service will always be thoughtful and warm, leaving our guests feeling nourished and truly at home.”

Charlie adds: “I’ve loved restaurants and particularly neighbourhood restaurants for as long as I can remember. The most fundamental quality of a neighbourhood restaurant is that it’s somewhere you want to always go back to and feel like it’s yours. We’re looking forward to welcoming guests with dishes that are striking and beautiful on the eye, but more importantly, comforting, delicious and deeply satisfying to eat.

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