About this time last year, I left my apartment in Ladbroke Grove and moved to Limehouse. I was a little apprehensive about moving to “the east”, and as I wasn’t moving to Hackney or Bethnal Green, I felt I was maybe an east end cop out – soz E14. To cut a long story short, I have grown to love living in the area. I live on the river and more importantly on the canal. Last spring, I spent my weekends cycling along the canal in search of new cafes and restaurants. This was when I first discovered This Bright Field.
During the Spring and Summer, This Bright Field sets outside perfectly mismatched furniture. It is a spot for the locals to eat, drink and smoke casually. There is no doubt this café is cool and by no means a try hard.
This weekend I decided to take a few of my friends there for lunch. We were all feeling a little worse for wear and in need of some comfort food.
As soon as you walk into This Bright Field it is a very open space that lets in lots of light. It is also connected to the plant shop across the road, so the cafe is always beautifully decorated with lots of plants and flowers on each of the tables. The kitchen is open plan, so you can see the chefs cooking up a storm, with the room full of yummy smells.
The menu is seasonal and the chefs like to experiment with new dishes. Each time I have visited TBF I try something new. In fact, the last evening meal I had there was a pan fried salmon with a creamy English sparkling wine sauce – something I had never tried before. TBF clearly take pride in the ingredients they use and locally source most of them.
So between us this is what we ate…
Loch Duart cold poached Salmon, Apple fir potatoes, Hollandaise sauce
Wild mushroom, Jerusalem Artichoke. lentil stew, Somerset goats cheese
Label Anglais Chicken & Suffolk Ham Hock pie, Braised red cabbage
I think the pie was the best value for money item that we ate. The cabbage was crunchy and mildly sweet – perfect with the pie. The pastry on the pie was the right thickness, cooked through and well seasoned with parsley and thyme. There was plenty of the chicken and ham hock filling in the pie, which was delicious. If I had to be overly critical, I would say it may have been slightly too salty for some, but as I am a salt lover – it was my kind of heaven.
The chef made a lovely hollandaise for the cold poached Salmon. The salmon was soft and flaked with a light touch of the fork. The lentil stew was a hearty dish with the goats cheese gradually melted into the stew. The only negative was we would have liked a slightly larger portion as it was so good.
Throughout our stay the staff were very friendly and attentive. You can see all the staff that work there enjoy being part of the This Bright Field family. It is a home from home atmosphere and the staff gladly welcome you.
What’s hot? Water bottles on the table with fresh mint inside. English sourced ingredients. The Hackney chef himself. They serve Kernel table beer. The prices – two courses in the evening only £21.50 !
What’s not? It’s closed on Mondays – why make Mondays even worse TBF?
I’m already looking forward to those summer evenings – cycling up the canal, eating the yummy delights of This Bright Field, sipping on a Kernel larger.
This Bright Field
268 Cambridge Heath Road