Tom Brown’s Cornerstone to open 24 April

Chef Tom Brown is set to open his debut restaurant Cornerstone in London’s Hackney Wick on 24 April.

Named after Brown’s favourite Arctic Monkeys song, the restaurant on Prince Edward Road has been designed by east London-based architect Holland Harvey.

The kitchen will be at the centre of the restaurant, with a counter bar seating 11. Key features include a 5,000-year-old, 10-seater oak table, salvaged from a river in Croatia, and a lounge area.

Brown, who until recently was head chef at the Capital hotel in London’s Knightsbridge, said: “I am thrilled to finally be opening Cornerstone. It feels like it has been in the pipeline for such a long time now so being able to announce an opening date is very exciting. Watching the transition of the restaurant from design to actually being built is an incredible feeling.”

Cornish distillery the Wrecking Coast has created a bespoke gin for the restaurant’s signature gin and tonic, with citrus tones to pair with seafood. It is distilled with cloudy apple juice from Polgoon Orchard in Cornwall rather than water.

Originally from Cornwall, Brown worked for chef Nathan Outlaw for six years, starting at Outlaws at the St Enodoc hotel in Rock, Cornwall, before later moving to the Capital hotel in 2016, where he won a Michelin star.

Brown competed on BBC Two’s 2017 Great British Menu and was awarded one of The Caterer’s Acorn Awards last year.

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